The Denver Broncos return home after two road trips away from Mile High Stadium. Their time on the road resulted in a successful time, defeating the KC Chiefs at Arrowhead on a Thursday night game. The Broncos then appeared on SNF last week against the Detroit Lions and were able to defeat them by a score of 24-12. Denver utilized a stingy defense to frustrate Matthew Stafford and the Lions’ offense, turning them over frequently and allowing zero room to run on the ground. Stafford had no time to pass and they couldn’t run the ball, so that pretty much took care of the entire Lion offense. The Broncos welcome another NFC North foe to attempt to beat them this afternoon. The Lions came up short in accomplishing that, but will the Minnesota Vikings be able to pull it off?
The Vikings are supposed to be the sleepers of this season. A lot of people were calling for the Vikings to improve drastically, even being able to compete with the Packers in the NFC North. Uh, while the last comment is particularly drastic, the first is somewhat more accurate. I think the Vikings can be a good team and Teddy Bridgewater can improve, but they aren’t going to be making the Packers sweat at all this season. The Vikes are off to a 2-1 start, so they aren’t removed from the division picture in any way. Also, it looks like the Lions and Bears have already completely removed themselves from the equation already after three weeks.
While the Broncos and Peyton Manning don’t have the same high octane offense we were used to in his earlier days in Denver, the Broncos are 3-0 and winning games a different way. Instead of Manning calling plays and running out of the hurry-up, the Broncos are slowing things down and letting the running game can acquainted, as well as giving the defense a breather on the sideline. The Broncos own one of the top defenses in the NFL. They want to win games that way. However, if they were going lightning quick like they used to, I don’t think they’d have the same defensive numbers that they do. Manning doesn’t quite have the same arm he used to have. I feel this like this is a better philosophy for the Broncos at this point. It must feel nice for the Broncos to be at home this week, well see if they keep it rolling in their own backyard against the Vikings.
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If the Minnesota Vikings want people to take note of them and take them seriously, a win against the Broncos this afternoon would go a long way to doing just that. But they have a formidable opponent in front of them. Manning is enough to scare off anybody, but what they should really be afraid of is the Bronco defense. The Broncos are 1st with regards to total team defense, allowing only 259 yards per game to the opposition. They are 3rd in the NFL in points against, giving up 16.3 points per game. Imagine if the Broncos had the same Manning they had two years ago. They didn’t have a defense back then, but now they do, that team would have been filthy with a defense. Even though they went to the Super Bowl, they would have been even better.
The Vikings have enjoyed success on defense as well, as they are surrendering just 16.7 points per game themselves. What is of concern to me is Teddy Bridgewater playing on the road against this Broncos’ defense. I see him struggling mightily against the Broncos. From upfront to their secondary, the Broncos have no holes. The Vikings number 1 option is wiped away with Aqib Talib covering him, we can almost guarantee that. This game is going to be left up to Adrian Peterson running wild. But Bridgewater will have to make some plays. The Broncos are allowing only 176 yards per game through the air, 1st in the NFL. Long day for the Vikings offense here. I see the Broncos covering by 10-14 this afternoon.
PICK: BRONCOS -7 (-110)