Denver Broncos: Five Important Players For Playoff Run
The Denver Broncos will be looking to go to the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year. Here are five players that can help them get there.
As we all know, football is a team sport. All 53 men that take the field are out there to win a game. It can take the play of one player to make a difference.
The Denver Broncos have been fortunate to have a handful of players that can make a huge difference in the game. Players like Von Miller, Chris Harris Jr., Demaryius Thomas.
Those guys can turn a game from a loss to a win in just a play or two.
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This season has been quite the roller coaster ride for the Denver Broncos. However, they are sitting at 7-3 and in the race for a playoff spot.
Currently, they sit as the sixth seed. But that can all change once the team starts winning games and certain players make the big plays to earn the win.
For the Broncos, most of these big time players that need to take that step are on the offensive side of the ball.
However, there are some players on the defense that can make a huge impact as well.
So, let us take a look at five players that I believe could make a huge impact in the Broncos playoff hopes in their final six games.
Yes, I know. Emmanuel Sanders is already a playmaker for the Denver Broncos offense. But it seems as if he has not been as productive in the last few weeks.
After his big performances in Weeks 3 and 4, he has seemed to become nonexistent in the offense. That could be due to the offense moving to the running game or more focus on the tight ends.
However, the Broncos faithful can always count on Sanders to make that huge play out of nowhere. Either a huge catch to move the chains or a long touchdown reception.
Look for the Broncos to get Sanders more involved in the passing game coming out of the bye. He is a true playmaker. There is a reason that he got his payday before the season began.
I am sure all of Broncos Country noticed the absence of Aqib Talib in the last three games. The secondary has looked a bit off.
There is a reason why John Elway signed him in free agency at the end of the embarrassing Super Bowl 48 loss. He can make the plays needed in the secondary.
There are times where his actions on and off the field have been out of character. But when he is on the field, he can make such a difference.
Take for example Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts. His pick-six was such a game changer in the game and it led to the win. His two interceptions against the Buccaneers in Week 4 set the tone.
Talib is set to return from his back injury after the bye. Having the No Fly Zone back to full strength will really benefit the Denver Broncos in the final six games.
When the Broncos get Andy Janovich involved in the running game, whether it is running the ball or blocking, it makes such a difference.
He also has been dealing with injury. His hand is covered in a club-like cast. It might be a bit of time before he can shed the cast, but it is impressive that he continues to play with one hand.
When Janovich gets the running game going, it can set up Trevor Siemian for the passing game. This is especially true with the play action.
Gary Kubiak cannot allow the offense to operate the majority of the game without Andy Janovich making some form of impact. He has been the team’s rookie of the year in my eyes.
Let Jano loose Kubiak. You will not regret it.
If Sly is looking to get a new deal with the Denver Broncos next season, these next six games are going to be important for him to step up in.
The Denver Broncos running defense has not been the best lately. And teams in the postseason are going to be looking to focus more on the run in January.
It will be important for Sylvester Williams to push back the line and get to the running back.
Derek Wolfe has been the more productive run stopper on the line. It’ll be important for the man that is in the middle of the line to get some production.
If he can help out Jared Crick and Wolfe get the run defense going, then it will be difficult for any team to run against this team in the cold months of winter football.
Well, this should come as no surprise. Trevor Siemian has played fairly well despite some mistakes. He has led the team to a 7-2 record in his starts.
But not even I will sugarcoat it, he needs to get better at his decision making. He was doing well last week against the New Orleans Saints until his untimely interception.
It appeared as if the wheels were falling off until he got readjusted and got the offense back on track.
What we need to see from Trevor Siemian is what we saw for 45 minutes of the game. Fast start, become a game manager when leading, and lead the team to a win if they are behind.
The next six games will not be easy for him. Hopefully he will have fully recovered from his AC Joint Sprain in his shoulder to be more productive.
But it cannot be stressed enough. Trevor Siemian is going to need to be on his A game if the Broncos are going to have any shot at going far in the playoffs.