Ten facts about the Broncos coming into play Thursday night in Cleveland:
1. It’s amazing how the Broncos defense manifests itself in long passes – 20 yards out of 16, including 10 yards out of 30 in the last three games. “This is NFL football and sometimes you’re just a little out of your mind,” said Defense Coordinator Ed Donatel. “You couldn’t believe in our guys more than we did. We have such mature people and we want to improve the team’s work. This is the main focus this week. “
2. One thing that always comes to mind when long passes are allowed: Are the Broncos defenders playing within a circuit or are they hunting for takeouts and freelances? I asked coach Vic Fangio about this on Monday. “No, they are still playing within the scheme, but they may sometimes lack the urgency to get exactly where they need to be,” he said.
3. Fangio’s commentary invites all kinds of reading between words. Don’t feel the urgency? Wow, 3-3 and three-game losers in a row, the Broncos minor team would better see this as a matter of urgency.
4. Fangio’s multitasking challenge after Sunday’s defeat at Las Vegas: Get ready for Cleveland’s top-ranked running game (although the Browns don’t have Nick Chubb and Karim Hunt), figure out why the minor link suddenly melted … stay confident or in need of a build-up.
5. “Obviously, when you lose (three) in a row, like us, your confidence will shake to some extent, but I think these guys have good faith in themselves,” Fangio said. “I think they have a strong faith in their teammates and I think they are preparing for this game the way we think we should.”
6. The last two touchdowns on Sunday were trash time, but Teddy Bridgewater had only his third career game with at least three touchdown assists. He had four players each for Minnesota over Chicago (2015) and New Orleans over Tampa Bay (2019). He set a career record with three interceptions, setting Minnesota’s record defeat to Detroit (2014). Bridgewater’s 334 yards was the third-highest of his career, behind 367 (Carolina’s defeat at Tampa Bay last year) and 335 (Minnesota’s defeat to Arizona in ’15).
7. Inner midfielder Justin Strnad will be the third in the Broncos defense after Josie Jewell and Alexander Johnson, who suffered chest ruptures in weeks 2 and 6 at the end of the season, respectively. Mika Keeser starts as Johnson in the basic package. “He’s (well) prepared since he came here,” Fangio said of Kisera. “He is a very smart player, very proud, he has good football knowledge and instincts. Trust me, he does his best to be ready. “
eight. The Broncos play 14-12 games of all time on Thursdays, but have won 11 of their last 14. They have not played on Thanksgiving since hosting the New York Giants in 2009.
nine. Running defenders Melvin Gordon and Havonte Williams are expected to split time again on Thursday. Boo, boo, a thousand times boo. Two reasons I would give Williams a chance to carry the load: he has seven explosive carries (at least 16 yards gain) compared to Gordon’s three, and he has produced an energy boost in four of his six broncos. games.
ten. Will Williams be able to handle the workload of 20-25 people? “I think so,” Fangio said. “He has a quality back. I don’t think he could have doubted it. ” It’s time for Vic to tell offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur: “I am the head coach and I want to see more number 33”.