The Denver Broncos were able to go into the Nissan Stadium in Nashville and completely obliterate the Titans to a 45-17 victory. The Broncos were coming off a two game losing streak and desperately needed to come together in order to maintain their hold on the AFC West. The Broncos were able to quiet down the doubters for now. The Broncos shined well in the running game but ultimately it was their defense that paved the way for the victory. Ronald Darby led the defense and it was his interception to the house that really set the motion for the second half Bronco onslaught.
Ronald Darby had the trifecta against the Titans. He intercepted the Titan’s quarterback twice, forced a fumble, and scored a touchdown. His forced fumble was also returned for a touchdown. Darby is tied for 3rd most in the league with 8 interceptions. The Denver defense has been absolutely phenomenal this season at forcing turnovers and their free safety Andre Cisco is leading the league in interceptions with 9. The Broncos forced 5 turnovers in this game, but their offense didn’t come away without its share of mistakes.
The Broncos downfield passing game continues to be a problem that has really hindered their performance since their bye week. Drew Lock continues to struggle throwing the ball 20+ yards down the field. He threw 3 interceptions in this game giving him a grand total of 16 interceptions in four weeks. Lock only threw 7 interceptions in the first 9 games and he has more than doubled that number. The Broncos have suffered a few losses at the hands of the turnovers, but were fortunate enough that Jonathan Taylor was able to break free on three very long runs for touchdowns. Taylor only had 10 carries but ran for 271 yards. He averaged over 27 yards a carry. That’s the best average he’s had in his short pro career. Despite the awful passing numbers for Drew Lock, he did have a favourite target in this one.
Noah Fant goes for over 100 yards for the first time this season. He caught 6 receptions for 110 yards and 1 touchdown. The Titans had a safety/linebacker matched up on Fant almost the entire game and Drew Lock definitely tried to take advantage of that mismatch. Fant has been for the most part a forgotten element of this offense, but its games like these that remind us how much of a weapon he can actually be when targeted. The Broncos ole reliable Von Miller wanted to make a splash in this one and it was at the expense of the Titan’s offensive line.
It really seems like we talk about Von Miller being an impactful player almost every week. Miller tied a season high with 4 sacks on the Titan’s quarterback, but he also added a forced fumble, and returned a Ronald Darby forced fumble back for a touchdown. Miller really set the point of attack and was able to thrive on the Titan’s pass heavy offensive approach. The Broncos hold onto their 1 game lead in the division, but face off against a hungry Bengals team that is out to prove a point. The Bengal’s head coach is 4-0 in his first few games in the PML and the Broncos will need to play lights out in order to come out on top.