Monday, November 19, 2012

The Broncos Defense: Call of the Wild

FIGHT OR FLIGHT – a Quarterback's subconscious choice at the line of scrimmage. Philip Rivers clearly selected Option C, all out retreat. In Week 11, the Denver Broncos hosted the San Diego Chargers for an AFC West-dictating grudge match. A Broncos loss at the hands of Rivers & Co. jeopardizing their chances for a playoff berth.

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Von Miller and the Broncos defense extinguished any life the Chargers' struggling offense brought to the Mile High City. "Broncomania" was palpable as Von Miller single-handedly devastated the Chargers' passing attack, recording three of Denver's four sacks (Dumervil 1). Miller's statistical contributions from Week 11 add to the Denver defense's NFL-leading total of 35 sacks on the season. More importantly, Von Miller's intimidating reputation continues to effect opposing Quarterbacks, forcing errant throws and poor decision-making. 

Denver's offensive production continued to be inconsistent in Week 11. Communication breakdowns between Peyton Manning and the Broncos' Wide Receivers were evident in the first quarter, highlighted by Eric Weddle's interception return for a Touchdown. However, Denver's defense prevented San Diego from gaining any momentum on offense, forcing four straight punts in the first quarter. The Denver offense eventually found their rhythm in the second quarter, initiated by a 13-yard TD pass to Demaryius Thomas.

The 30-23 victory over the San Diego Chargers marks Peyton Manning's 148th career regular-season win, tying John Elway for second most in NFL history – Brett Favre holds the record with 186 career wins. Although Manning reached a historic milestone on Sunday, the defense's relentless 60-minute performance deserves the game ball. 

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