Kubiak Says RB Devontae Booker Should Be Getting More Carries

Devontae Booker

On his first full day back with the team since he spent a night in the hospital last week, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak made several things clear Monday.

Near or at the top of his to-do list was to be better in the run game, and to that end rookie running back Devontae Booker can expect to get the ball in his hands more, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

“We’ve got to give Book some opportunities, he’s doing some good stuff,” Kubiak said after practice.

C.J. Anderson currently leads the team in rushing with 330 yards to go with three rushing touchdowns, but Booker has provided a spark at times for an attack that hasn’t been as consistent as Kubiak would like. Booker is averaging 4.7 yards per carry, over a yard per carry more than Anderson at the moment.

In Thursday night’s loss to the Chargers, Booker helped snap the offense out of the doldrums in the third quarter when he had carries of 17 and 16 yards to go with a 5-yard reception on a drive. While the drive ended with a missed field goal — Brandon McManus was wide right from 56 yards — the Broncos’ offense moved the ball far more efficiently after that drive than it had before it.

Kubiak said Anderson will still be involved plenty, but that Booker had simply earned more touches. In the loss to the Chargers, Booker got just five carries but he turned those into 46 rushing yards as he had two of the Broncos’ three longest plays from scrimmage in the game.

“When he’s had some opportunities he’s done some really good things,” Kubiak said. “As a young player, we’re trying to get him going as far as protection and those type of things, and he’s starting to handle himself better. I think he deserves some more opportunities to touch the football. And when he’s had the opportunity, he’s done some good stuff.”

Broncos Have Some Key Games Coming Up That Could Determine Their Fate

NFL: DEC 13 Raiders at Broncos

It was an odd week in the AFC West, as with the Broncos 21-13 loss on Thursday night to the San Diego Chargers, and the Kansas City Chiefs 26-10 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, trying to predict this division right now is like figuring out how to play baccarat.

The Broncos next few games as they try to figure out how to turn his offense around may be their biggest of the season, and they also have two huge games in that stretch against two AFC West foes, one a rematch with the Chargers at home, and another a monster game in Oakland on prime time against the other 4-2 team in the division – the Raiders.

The schedule for the Broncos, as would be expected coming off the Super Bowl, is chock full of national TV games, with another one this week against their old pal Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans at home on Monday, October 24th.

You can’t overlook the Texans, as they haven’t been good at all on the road, but at the same time showed some serious fight last night as they overcame a late 14-point deficit to beat the Indianapolis Colts 26-23 in overtime at home.

Houston is atop the AFC South at 4-2, and they are a perfect 4-0 at home, but have yet to win a road game at 0-2. If the Broncos can get to their old QB and make some plays, they should send Houston to 0-3 away from their home stadium.

Then it’s a rematch at home six days later against the Chargers, a team that will come into Denver high on themselves after their 21-13 win on Thursday night.

Bottom line is the Broncos have to get off to a better start against the Chargers, and not allow San Diego to get momentum and build leads like they did on Thursday night.

The week after the Chargers game is the Broncos biggest test of the season to date, as they will take on the Oakland Raiders on the road.

Oddly enough the Raiders are 1-2 at home, while being 3-0 on the road. Sunday the Chiefs ran all over the Raiders in a 26-10 win, and it could be a busy day for the likes of C.J. Anderson if the Broncos duplicate the Chiefs game plan.

It looks like the Raiders are going to be a streaky team this season, win a few, lose a few. They are still a very young team, but with Jack Del Rio, they are playing better and at worse look like a wild card team in the AFC.

The AFC West is always a dogfight, and with the results from Sunday it once again looks like a division that will come down to the end.

How the Layout of the AFC West Looks After Sunday’s Results


The Broncos after a bad loss on Thursday night and action between the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders remain tied for first in the AFC West, a division that now appears to be a race between four competitive teams that could very well come down to what team has the best divisional record.

If you were betting legal online casino games, it would be very hard to tell just who the best team in the AFC West is, as all four teams have issues after the first six weeks of the season.

The Chiefs have the best division record after five games (they have already had their bye), as they sit at 2-0 with wins over the San Diego Chargers and Sunday over the Oakland Raiders, an impressive 26-10 road win over a Raiders team that was red-hot before running into the buzz saw Sunday.

What was most impressive about the Chiefs on Sunday was their ability to run the football, something if they can do well moving forward makes them a very dangerous team in the AFC.

“That’s the game we play,” said Chiefs defensive lineman Dontari Poe after the win over the Raiders Sunday.

“You come out sometimes and it doesn’t go your way, but you got to make sure it goes your way the next time. Can’t keep on the downward spiral. You got to get it back up.”

For Kansas City, they were beat up by the Steelers two weeks ago by 29 points, but finally were able to get on track after their bye week.

Spencer Ware ran for a career-high 131 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Raiders, who seemed shell shocked by their home effort. The odd thing about Oakland is they are 1-2 at home, and 3-0 on the road.

Maybe more of a reason for the team to move to Las Vegas if they are not getting the proper support in the ‘Black Hole’?

Oakland at 4-2 has two straight road games, as they will play the Jaguars on the road this Sunday in Jacksonville, and then they have an interesting game in Tampa against the Bucs, who this last Sunday were on bye.

As for the Chiefs, they are a team to watch, as at 3-2 this is about the time last season Andy Reid got his team turned around, and they were the most dangerous team entering the postseason, but a bad start stopped them from winning the division.

They have a game this next Sunday at home against the New Orleans Saints at Arrowhead Stadium, a team that just beat the defending NFC Champion Carolina Panthers 41-38 in a shootout.

For Broncos fans, the hope is that Drew Brees stays hot, and picks apart the Chiefs secondary this next Sunday and sends KC to a mark of 3-3.

The week after that, the Chiefs will be at the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium, another interesting game against Andrew Luck and company. The Colts blew a late big lead on Sunday night, losing to the Texans at home in overtime 26-23.

Big Hole Too Much to Overcome for Broncos in Latest Setback in San Diego

Denver Bronocs vs San Diego Cahrgers

In spite of an inspired performance from his special teams units in his debut as interim Broncos head coach, Joe DeCamillis couldn’t hide how upset he was after an awful loss to the San Diego Chargers.

Denver had some late chances to get back in the game, but an 18-point hole on the road was too much, as eventually the Chargers were able to put the game away 21-13 to send the Broncos to their second straight loss.

“I just wish we could have got a win for the city, got a win for the organization,” DeCamillis told the media after the game. “I’m sick to my stomach. It’s sickening. I hate to lose, man. That’s all.”

“It’s just frustrating when you get three turnovers on special teams and you don’t win the game,” DeCamillis said. “That’s not the way you want be.”

“We didn’t execute the way we wanted to,” DeCamillis said. “We didn’t want a touchback right there. Obviously we could have maybe got some field position right there, garnered some field position. We didn’t do that. That’s why I said it wasn’t just one phase that made mistakes. We all made mistakes. So we’ve got to get them corrected.”

The Broncos did little right, and by the start of the fourth quarter had less than 200 yards of offense, not a winning formula if you are going to get a win on the road.

If you were betting in legal online casino Resorts, you would have never guess the Denver offense would have gone into the tank like it did against a young Chargers offense.

Give DeCamillis credit, as he did what he could to get the Broncos ready on a short week as the teams’ head coach, but in the end it’s a results business, and Thursday night against the Chargers, he was unable to get the Broncos the results they wanted.

“I know [Kubiak’s] got a tough job. I can tell you that,” he said. “Hopefully I did the right things for the most part. Like I said, the ultimate is to win the game and we didn’t do that.”

The quarterback play of Trevor Siemian was an issue for the team, as he wasn’t able to have a big bounce back game after injury forced him to miss the game the week before against the Atlanta Falcons.

“We had a lot of self-inflicted wounds,” Siemian said. “Those are tough to overcome, and we didn’t make the most of our opportunities, I thought, early in the game. We showed a lot of resiliance there at the end, but it was too little, too late for us.”

Siemian was able to put together a 51-yard touchdown drive and a 56-yard field goal drive, but down 18 on the road was just too much as the Broncos lost by eight.

“I think too we got behind a little bit early and the combination of Demaryius and Emmanuel, that might scare some people and they want to keep a lot of things in front of them,” Siemian said.

“That’s just how the game unfolded. I’m sure each team plays it a little different. Again, tough when you’re down so much. You kind of play into their favor when you’re just dinking the ball down like that. I think we’ll get it fixed, though. I feel pretty good about that.”

Miserable Loss


I told you that the team who makes tbe least mistakes would win this game and the Broncos made so many mistakes in this game it was ridulous. I’ve never felt so disgusted about our team. Sloppy play made them lose this game. But I’m so loyal to the Broncos. I hope they work hard and smart in practices for our next game and play so bettet on the Monday night game. Taylor and Demaryious better not fumble any more, as it killed the drives. And better clock management in that fouth quauter would have better chance to win the game.Let’s hope tbe whole team uses the two losses in a row to heart and motivate them to play a lot better. They have four more games to our break week and I hope they arrive at 8-2, but it’ll take our Offense to play much better than they did the last two games. Go, Go Broncos and work hard and smart in the practises to elevate your play. Broncos Country has faith in you, so please win the next four games!!!


Trevor Siemian To Start at QB Tonight in Broncos Battle with San Diego

Trevor Siemian

The Broncos will have quarterback Trevor Siemian back under center tonight when they take on the Chargers in San Diego, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Siemian missed the matchup for the Broncos Sunday at home against the Falcons with a shoulder injury. Paxton Lynch in his place went 23-for-35 for 223 yards with a touchdowns and pick in the 23-16 loss.

State of the Broncos


Well, here we are six weeks into the season and sitting at 4-1 with a huge game with the Chargers. It is a division game, so I am sure they will be pumped up. They looked last week like they were sleepwalking with certain exceptions. The protection fell apart for helping Paxton and he looked like a frightened deer in the light at times out there. Again, the energy of the OL was pathetic, Our Defense kept us in the game, but our Offense needs to score some more points, Siemens is projected to play this week which should get the effort of the OL and our skilled players up.

The Defense needs to fly around and get some more takeaways. That would take a lot of pressure off the Offense. Anytime we have scored 20 or more points, we have won the game. So the Offense needs to get great blocking, especially with the return of Stevenson to action, should be a great key for improved blocking, both in protecting Siemens and opening running lanes for our RBs. If they can improve in those ways, I see us winning 31-17. If they still struggle, we may lose the game. But with the long break after this game, not playing until the Monday next week, they can heal up their dings and that would help them get ready for the stretch run to the 11th week for the bye week on the 4 games until then. And they don’t want the taste of a lousy defeat in their mouths and minds. That alone should go a long way to motivate them this week, along with the fact it is our first Division game, I think they will play with more energy, and if we can win the turnover battle and make a lot fewer mistakes compared to theirs it would also be a huge factor for a Victory. GO GO Broncos and really execute like you did before that Falcon game and Orange Crush the Chargers, then enjoy a minibreak getting healthy again, Broncos Country is squarely behind you all the way!!!

Keys to the Game: Broncos Look to Get to 5-1 in Thursday Matchup with San Diego

Denver Broncos versus the San Diego Chargers

The Broncos will look to get back on the winning track in a Thursday road game against the Chargers, a 1-4 team that easily could be 3-2 if a few late mistakes would have went their way. ran

Denver last week finally suffered their first loss, losing at home to the Falcons, a team came in with a great game plan and was able to exploit some of the issues on the Broncos.

Here’s some keys to the Broncos and if we think they will get a win over the Chargers.

1. Get to Rivers

The Denver defensive unit has sacked opposing quarterbacks 19 times this season, and while the Chargers have done a good job protecting Philip Rivers, they need to force him into a couple mistakes. If they can get a few players into his face, there’s no question they will have a better chance to force some turnovers and create some short fields for their offense.

2. Get Back to Running the Ball

Last week in the 23-16 loss to the Falcons, the Broncos ran for just 84 yards, with C.J. Anderson getting 41 yards on 11 carries as the teams’ leading rusher. If they are going to control the ball and control the game, the team needs to get back to rushing the ball better. San Diego has allowed just over 83 yards per game rushing, but at the same time Denver needs to be more physical and impose their will on the O-line.

3. Protect the QB

Last week in the loss to Atlanta, the Broncos’ offensive line gave up six sacks, which not only stopped possessions, but also put them behind the 8-ball in trying to get back into the game. This week they have to make sure to keep whatever QB is under center upright. Joey Bosa had a big first game for the Chargers last week, and will look to make some noise on national TV and will have to be accounted for when it comes to keeping the QB on his feet.

Prediction: The Broncos defense should be able to hold down the Chargers, but the question will be can Denver put together more drives on offense than a week ago? San Diego has committed mistake after mistake which is why they are three games under .500 at 1-4, and Denver has been pretty good at staying within themselves, and should be able to get a win here. Denver 20 San Diego 14

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