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Broncos rushing attack breaks out in Dallas as Javonte Williams enters first 100-yard game, increases O-line reserve

The Broncos have been waiting all season for rookie Javonte Williams and veteran Melvin Gordon to do what everyone at Dove Valley had hoped for.

Denver finally saw the Cowboys’ hopes of a 30-16 upset at Arlington come true on Sunday.

The underdog Broncos rushed for 190 yards despite missing three-fifths of their opening offensive line due to injury. Williams ran for 111 yards – his first career game at the century mark – and Gordon added 80 with a touchdown.

“We knew we were due one of these days, and we were waiting on that,” center Lloyd Cushberry said of the run game. “We’re putting in the work, we just had to turn it on… it was good to finally break it.”

Left tackle Garrett Bowles (ankle) was inactive and right tackle Bobby Massey and Graham Glasgow both missed the second half due to ankle injuries. Kelvin Anderson started for Boles, Cam Fleming came in for Messi, and Quinn Meinerz spelled Glasgow after taking Glasgow off the field with an ankle injury in the final game of the first half.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said the offense “didn’t miss a beat” with a backup lineman. The situation was complicated by Neten Muti being unavailable in the COVID-19/reserve list, as Muti, normally Glasgow’s backup, is on right guard.

“It was great to see those guys getting a chance (and capitalizing on),” said quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. “Those guys were having a lot of fun, especially on those run downs when we were getting the ball rolling.”

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After recording only 83 rushing yards in his eighth-week win over Washington at home, coach Vic Fangio said he challenged “everyone” on the offensive to increase the output of the run game.

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