Going into Monday night’s game, Bronco fans were overwhelmed with excitement and concern at the same time, over how well Denver’s offense would fare against the Oakland Raiders’ improved defense. Very few showed any concern about the Von Miller and Bradley Chubb led Broncos defense.
After the first half was complete, the concern now washed over the entire team as the Denver Broncos failed to score any points in the first half ultimately leading to their defeat in Oakland.
Monday’s game was the latter of two Monday night games, and the Broncos were in Oakland to face the division rival Raiders. Some key players were out in Monday’s game, which made things difficult on the replacements, or should I say replacement. Cornerback Isaac Yiadom played opposite of 6-foot-6 tight end Darren Waller who out-weighs Yiadom by 66 pounds and towers over the 6’1” Yiadom. Yiadom was targeted early by Oakland and Denver never really made any adjustments in the first half to off-set the constant barrage of passes in his direction.
It wasn’t until the second half that Denver’s secondary really stepped up and adjusted with safety help over the top. One of the reasons for Oakland’s success over Denver’s “Juggernaut” defense was Derrick Carr’s quick release on short passes to the flats and over the middle neutralizing the Broncos two headed wrecking crew.
Although Denver’s defense and offense seemingly made significant adjustments in the second half, it wasn’t enough to completely neutralize Oakland’s offensive attack and proved to be too much for Denver’s offense to recover.
Regardless of the outcome, the Broncos still have potential to become a cohesive unit that could win out half of their games. Meanwhile, this has been the Bronco’s last game in the Blackhole before they start playing the Raiders in Las Vegas next year.
The Broncos are at home next week in Denver to face one of the most brutal defenses in the league. The Chicago Bears are coming off a loss to the Green Bay Packers who beat Chicago at home on Thursday night to kick off the season. Chicago’s offense was only able to muster up 3 points in their loss on Thursday night.
While Denver isn’t Green Bay, there is hope that Denver’s defense irons out the kinks before facing the Bears on Sunday afternoon at Mile High.
In other sports the Rockies have 17 games remaining in the 2019 season. Over the weekend the Rockies were on the road at PetCo park in San Diego to take on the Padres in a three-game series. The Rockies beat the Padres on Friday but dropped the next two to San Diego making it their ninth loss in ten games.
The Denver Nuggets are less than a month away from the opening of preseason where they will take on the Portland Trailblazers. The Nuggets’ regular season begins Wednesday, October 23 also against the Portland Trailblazers.