Friday, November 26, 2021

Big D beatdown. Minus Vaughn, the Broncos do everything right in their 30-16 win over Dallas.

Arlington, Texas – Maybe we should have seen this kind of Broncos performance coming. A team removes its most visible player and the entire roster raises their performance level, motivated to prove that the season is not over because of their departure.

On second thought, yes right. What happened on Sunday afternoon at Jerry’s World shocked even the most ardent Broncos fan.

The Broncos began the post-Von Miller era with a Thunderbolt-of-a-statement, never going back in a 30–16 victory over the previously one-lost Dallas Cowboys.

It was Teddy Bridgewater, beating Duck Prescott (107.6-73.9 in passer rating). It was Javonte Williams overtook Ezekiel Elliott 111-51. It was 10 catches for Jerry Judy and Tim Patrick in combination, while there were four catches for CD Lamb and Amari Cooper. And it was Broncos coach Vic Fangio, the sage of defensive play-calling, making a nightmare for Dallas offensive play-caller Kellen Moore.

“A ton of excitement in that locker room,” Bridgewater said.

As it should have been. This was the Broncos’ Plan A to AT. Control the clock. Take the shot downfield. And play lights-out defense.

Fangio’s seventh double-digit win was the most impressive of all time during his tenure. It wasn’t the Giants, Jacksonville and Jets earlier this year. It was Dallas in which Prescott came back from a calf injury, playing at home and riding a six-game winning streak.

Consider the win in terms of gravity and impact:

*Broncos offense posted season-best in points, rushing yards (190) and time of possession (41:12). Over the course of three quarters, they beat Dallas 57–28. On defense, the Broncos pitched a shutout until two trash-time touchdowns in which Dallas received his half-yard (145 out of 290).

“The (players) had the right mindset, bought them what we had to do to give them a chance to slow down, and we did more than just slow them down,” Fangio said. “The teams haven’t played right now (Dallas). He is very talented and he can score 35 points in the rest of his games.

*The Broncos, these up-and-down, feast-or-hungry, stack win-or-stack losses are the Broncos, 5-4 and only half a game behind Las Vegas and the Chargers (both 5-3). AFC West. Already this year, the Broncos have won streaks of three and two games and a losing skid in four games. Win at home against Philadelphia on Sunday and they’ll enter their bye week with everything—primarily five AFC West games—in front of them.

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