Week 5 Prediction: Denver Broncos @ Dallas Cowboys

Good Morning, Broncos Fans!  It’s Game Day!  Week 5 in the NFL.  This week’s match up takes Peyton Manning somewhere he has never gone before.  Well, for the last four weeks, Peyton has gone somewhere he has never gone before, but this week, it is not related to stats, achievements, or the scoreboard.

This afternoon, the future HOF QB will play his first game ever in the new AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas.  The home of the Dallas Cowboys since 2009, has never had the privilege of Manning’s presence.  Peyton stated that he would just figure it out when he gets there.  You know, a little pre-game walk through…

Last week, the Broncos grounded the Eagles, and took the wind out of their wings.  Overwhelmed by an assault of 472 yards of total offense, and a 105 yard kickoff return, the thin air of Denver showed no hospitality.  Gassed completely by the third quarter, (which I predicted), the Eagles defense gave up 38 unanswered points, and also allowed Peyton to come out of the game early.

Denver’s opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, lost to the San Diego Chargers on the road, while allowing 401 passing yards to Philip Rivers.  Dallas quarterback Tony Romo completed 27 of 37 passes for 246 yards in the loss.  The Cowboys showed promise early after a 34 yard TD reception by WR Dez Bryant, and a 52 yard interception return touchdown by LB Sean Lee, but eventually met their fate after allowing 20 unanswered points and not scoring again in the entire second half.

5 Keys For My Prediction

1.  The Dallas defense allows 382 yards per game, good for 20th in the league.  The Broncos offense ranks 1st in the league with 483 yards per game and also ranks 1st in the league with 363.8 passing yards per game.  Philip Rivers exposed the weakness of the Dallas secondary last week, and Peyton Manning will build off of, and increase that exposure.  Look for the Broncos to spread the ball around in the passing game, and put big numbers up on the scoreboard.

2. Time of Possession.  Dallas’ average time of possession is 25 minutes and 57 seconds.  Denver’s average time of possession is just over 30 minutes per game.  Denver averages 44.8 points per game.  Dallas averages 26 points per game.  While both teams have shown to be efficient on the offensive side of the ball, giving Denver control of the clock gives them the control of the game.

3. Stopping the run.  I key on it every week, and Denver keeps bringing their A game.  Ranked #1 in the NFL against the rush, Denver allows ball carriers an average of 74 yards per game.  Dallas ranks 3rd, allowing just 77.8 yard per game.  Forcing a team to be one dimensional will help your team in creating turnovers, and avoiding big plays.  Look for the Denver defense to put pressure on Romo and the Dallas running game early.

4. Peyton Manning is off to arguably the best start of his career, and maybe even the best start by any quarterback ever.  His knowledge of the game, his leadership, and his work ethic have paid great dividends in his career, and in his time with the Broncos.  With the talent surrounding Manning in Denver, he may finally have the pieces in place to lead his team to another Lombardy Trophy.

5. DT, Wes, Deck, OJ, Moreno.  Bring It!


Final Score Prediction

Denver Broncos 41

Dallas Cowboys 24

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