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Week 9 Prediction Article – Denver Broncos @ Philadelphia Eagles

Good morning, Bronco fans!  It is week 9 of the NFL season as Denver hits the halfway point desperately in need of a win.  The Broncos (3-4) are going into the city of brotherly love against one of the hottest teams in the NFL.  The Philadelphia Eagles (7-1) have the NFL’s best record and one of the best young quarterbacks in the game in Carson Wentz.  If the Broncos are going to turn their season around, today would be a great day to do it.

Turnovers have plagued the Broncos 2017 campaign, so much that Vance Joseph has made a change at the quarterback position.  After throwing 10 interceptions in the first 7 games of the year, Trevor Siemian now finds himself holding the clipboard for Brock Osweiler.  Oswelier returned to the Broncos after an unsuccessful season in Houston and then being released by the Cleveland Browns and will look to carry the team on his back as he did a few years ago en route to a world championship.  If Brock can protect the ball and make smart plays, the Broncos certainly have a chance to turn this season around.

Last week against the Chiefs on Monday night, the Broncos defense came to play, but again were decimated with poor throws and horrible decisions from their quarterback.  Division began to rear its ugly head in the locker room; defensive players growing restless.  Change was needed, change was warranted and a change was made.  This is now Brock’s team.

But don’t get too excited just yet.  While change was needed, we will see how much the identity of this Broncos offense really changes.  Brock isn’t the greatest, in fact, he is far from it.  He has 26 career touchdowns, but has also thrown 22 interceptions, a trend that Denver does not want to continue to see, nor can they afford it.  Brock’s job is simple; protect the ball.  If he can avoid committing turnovers and keep the chains moving on offense, then this team could look like the team that laid the smack down on the Cowboys earlier this season.  If he can’t, well, the Broncos will be watching the playoffs from the same place I will be watching them from; on the couch.  Let’s hope today is the start of something good, if not great.

The Broncos are slowly getting healthier and should have some key players back for today’s game.  Shane Ray returned last week, although on a limited snap count, and WR Emmanuel Sanders will return for today’s game in Philly.  Having Sanders back should help the flow of the offense and should help Demaryius Thomas reunite with the end zone.

5 Keys to a Broncos Win

  1. Score First – The Broncos do not want to be playing catch up.  The Eagles have a very potent offense that can hurt you fast, but their defense is pretty good too.  The Broncos cannot win this game if they are trying to claw their way back from an early deficit.
  2. Run Forrest, Run – We have to run the ball, and we have to hold on the ball.  Drive sustainability and clock management will be the #1 factor in this game.  Feed C.J. the ball as frequently as possible.
  3. Win the Turnover Battle – Cliche, of course it is, but it is of utmost importance.  The Broncos have to find a way to force more turnovers without giving the ball back to the Eagles.  Protect the football at all costs.
  4. Convert Third Downs – The Broncos have only converted 39% of their third down attempts, while the Eagles rank 2nd in the league at just below 48%.  Keeping the offense on the field and limit the amount of time Carson Wentz has.
  5. Get Pressure on Wentz – The Broncos need to find a way to get pressure on Wentz.  The Broncos front four need to be physical and nasty.  The easiest way to force turnovers is to make the quarterback make bad decisions.  Hit him early, hit him often and stay in his head.

Final Score Prediction

Denver Broncos – 23

Philadelphia Eagles – 20


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