This season, each and every week, I will bring you a film review article, exclusively for Mile High Huddle. Every touchdown that the Broncos score will be broken down for you. Here. On Mile High Huddle.
First, an explanation of my film schematics. The red arrows indicate routes or movement, coverage (as best I see it) will be indicated in squares. Blitzers will have green lines. The scorer’s name is underlined in yellow. Personnel are on the side in white. Once the play begins, I’ll circle things in yellow to bring your attention to them and players’ lines of sight will be in pink. The explanation of routes can be found here:
All this terminology and diagramming will be fairly clear when you see a play broken down. I list the TD# in game.
All images from NFL Game Rewind.
This week was unique for the Denver Broncos. For the first time while donning the orange and blue, Peyton Manning failed to throw a TD pass. Instead, RB C.J. Anderson toted the rock for the Broncos, scoring three TDs in the process.
TD 1: 6 yard C.J. Anderson run
This is a simple shotgun run. C Will Montgomery and RG Manuel Ramirez double the playside DT Marcell Dareus, with Montgomery releasing to take LB Nigel Bradham. Ramirez completely loses Dareus briefly and disengages early. Note also TE Virgil Green’s great edge-sealing block on multiple All-Pro DE Mario Williams. This is the second time in three weeks that Green has been able to shut down an elite player on a run play. Blocks like this are just not possible for Julius Thomas or Jacob Tamme, which is where Green’s crucial importance in this offense comes in.
TD 2: 1 yard C.J. Anderson run
Another shotgun run. LT Ryan Clady and LG Orlando Franklin both get blown off their blocks as the run comes behind them. However, Anderson sneaks in for the score. Note also Green’s second effective block on Williams.
TD3: 3 yard C.J. Anderson run
Simply another shotgun run. This time, it’s Montgomery who gets stood up by a vicious bullrush from Dareus, who nearly makes the stop in the hole. DE Jerry Hughes also nearly makes the tackle crashing down from backside contain. However, once more, Anderson gets into the end zone.
Note Green here again. This is undoubtedly his best block of the scoring plays on Mario Williams. He gives up almost no ground. Watch him engage at the right border of the “N” in the end zone Broncos logo and end at the center of the right arm. Against a physical freak like Williams, that is a fantastic performance.
Tune in next week for breakdowns of more scores!