The Denver Broncos entered their Week 7 bout with the Houston Texans with the objective of getting out to better starts offensively and defensively. They accomplished it on defense, as Wade Phillips' unit forced back-to-back three-&-outs to start the game.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1719434-get-si-subscription-with-... But the offense again struggled out of the gates. Head coach Gary Kubiak returned to his duties, shaping the game-plan and calling plays on Monday night. Early on, the results were a mixed bag.
The Broncos offense once again shot itself in the foot with penalties. They had first-down conversions called back due to holding penalties on both of their opening drives.
For a while there, fans and media alike thought, "here we go again". But, the Broncos were able to overcome those early obstacles, staying committed to the ground game, which opened up passing lanes in the second quarter.
The Broncos finished the opening period with zero points, but tacked on two touchdowns in the second. The offensive line wasn't perfect, but they seemed to galvanize as the game progressed.
Kubiak talked about how his team overcame adversity in the video below.
It's definitely a concern that the offense continues to struggle in the first quarter but it's also the mark of a battle-tested team that they manage to overcome their foibles more often than not. With all the pressure the team was under to defeat Brock Osweiler and company, many teams would have wilted when things went sideways.
But Trevor Siemian remained poised and that trickled down to each and every player on offense. With each victory, this team is believing in each other all the more.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1720851-siemian-out-duels-brock-i... Denver's smothering defense will consistently keep them in games. And the offense has shown a propensity to respond at gut-check time.
Despite the frustrations of the early offensive struggles on Monday night, the Broncos still imposed their will on Houston, rushing for 190 yards and two touchdowns and being efficient in the passing game.
This Broncos team must strive for offensive balance week in and week out and Monday night was a gigantic step in the right direction. The Broncos finished with 35 runs to 25 passes. They totaled 347 yards from scrimmage.
With two excellent rhythm running backs, those are numbers you want to see each week. So long as this offensive line executes and the Broncos find offensive balance, they will be in the hunt for AFC playoff seeding down the stretch.
The Broncos offense grew up a little bit on Monday Night Football.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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