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Broncos ability to close with run game a good sign

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The Broncos have Peyton Manning under center and a playoff berth in their pocket.

Now they intend to work on the thing that might make their playoff stay longer.

A mandate to run more effectively was clear in last night’s win 26-13 win over the Raiders, with Knowshon Moreno carrying 32 times for 119 yards.

“That is something that we feel like we have to be able to do and do better,” Manning said, via Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post. “Especially as potential weather approaches. That run game is something you want to have clicking on all cylinders. The offensive line hears that challenge, as do the backs and everybody. Everybody is involved.”

Having Moreno step up in the absence of the injured Willis McGahee is huge, but running the ball this time of year is often as much a matter of intent as individual skill, and under John Fox, the desire to run is clear.

That’s why their ability to close last night is a good omen, as they were able to burn the final 5:36 with an 11-play drive, with Moreno carrying seven times for 39 yards.

“You’re trying to run some time off the clock,” Fox said. “I think that will help us moving forward, developing a little bit of a mind-set.

“I think it was good for our offensive line, the blocking element, and our running backs to be able to do to close out a game.”

Being able to run with Moreno will also help them create viable play-action, which will limit opponents’ ability to tee off on Manning.

And moving into the postseason, that’s a dangerous proposition for others.

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21 Responses to “Broncos ability to close with run game a good sign”
  1. dwinsgames says: Dec 7, 2012 8:33 AM

    I am sure Denver is happy to see running game going, but I was stunned to see Moreno carrying the ball 12x in the 4Q with the game already decided. Why on earth would you risk him getting hurt when you have already lost McGahee? If he gets hurt on one of those 12 (!) carries, Denver is in big trouble and Fox is a fool.

  2. myroncopesflask says: Dec 7, 2012 8:37 AM

    Just a hunch but i think the broncos ability to close with the running game will have very little impact on how far they go. They only thing that matters is keeping Pope Peyton upright. Cut that meat! Cut that meat!!!

  3. crazysandude says: Dec 7, 2012 8:38 AM

    Note to the Bronco’s..

    You just played the Raiders. In case you didn’t get that… You just played the Raiders.

    Sincerely,

    Matt Schaub

  4. aldavisisthenfl says: Dec 7, 2012 8:53 AM

    “That’s why their ability to close last night is a good omen, as they were able to burn the final 5:36 with an 11-play drive, with Moreno carrying seven times for 39 yards”

    Oh really? You are going to use us(Raiders) as a gauge for the Bronco running game versus real playoff teams…..that is most laughable as we are complete disgrace on both sides of the ball……

  5. truthfactory says: Dec 7, 2012 8:56 AM

    Looks like Manning has a complete team around him for the first time in a long time. Will be interesting to see how the end of this year plays out…

  6. joetoronto says: Dec 7, 2012 9:05 AM

    The Raiders defense was on the field all night, making Moreno look like an all star in the 4th quarter.

    An all star he isn’t though.

  7. jbl429 says: Dec 7, 2012 9:20 AM

    In what world is 32 carries for 119 yards a good run game? That’s 3.7 ypc, which is pretty pitiful. Fortunately for them all they need is a semblance of a running game to give Peyton a little more space to fit passes into.

  8. spellingcops says: Dec 7, 2012 9:25 AM

    joetoronto says: Dec 7, 2012 9:05 AM

    The Raiders defense was on the field all night, making Moreno look like an all star in the 4th quarter.

    An all star he isn’t though.
    ————————————-
    And how would you know what that looks like? You’re a Raiders fan.

  9. faris213 says: Dec 7, 2012 9:28 AM

    It would definitely help the play action. But you know what else would help sell the play action? If hillman or Moreno line up in the right position. There were at least 3 plays last night when Peyton play actioned to no one. Luckily we were playing the raiders

  10. blacktoothgrinn says: Dec 7, 2012 9:45 AM

    Put the brakes on there folks, Raiders are 28th against the run, Moreno ain’t the next coming of Terrell Davis

  11. beauregard says: Dec 7, 2012 9:57 AM

    joetoronto says: Dec 7, 2012 9:05 AM

    The Raiders defense was on the field all night, making Moreno look like an all star in the 4th quarter.

    An all star he isn’t though.
    ——————
    Joe, Knowshon rushed for TWICE as many yards ( 119 v. 52) as your supposed all star McFadden.
    Looking at the big picture it’s clear which one is a bust.

  12. electionconfidential says: Dec 7, 2012 10:09 AM

    I think the point of the article is that Denver was able to take the air out of the ball late. Moreno’s yards per carry wasn’t great across the board. The point is that the O-line was able to be effective deep into the fourth quarter which is a good thing.

  13. larrydavidstern says: Dec 7, 2012 10:33 AM

    It’s funny how people keep saying Mckenzie and Allen need more time because they inherited a mess, but didn’t the Raiders go 8-8 last year? It’s not like they were 2-14. I say clean house!

  14. mcdeezznuts says: Dec 7, 2012 12:16 PM

    crazysandude says:
    Dec 7, 2012 8:38 AM
    Note to the Bronco’s..

    You just played the Raiders. In case you didn’t get that… You just played the Raiders.

    Sincerely,

    Matt Schaub
    ______________

    Dude, the Jags and the Lions took the Texans to OT in consecutive weeks.

  15. raiderapologist says: Dec 7, 2012 12:59 PM

    beauregard says: Dec 7, 2012 9:57 AM

    Joe, Knowshon rushed for TWICE as many yards ( 119 v. 52) as your supposed all star McFadden.
    Looking at the big picture it’s clear which one is a bust.
    ———–
    That appears to be a small picture you’re looking at. Both of these guys have been disappointing for different reasons. McFadden has trouble staying on the field, and Moreno has trouble getting on it. Comparing the two, it’s not clear at all which one is a bust.

  16. malvaren18 says: Dec 7, 2012 1:02 PM

    I was wrong to say 12-4 season it’s more like 13-3 2nd seed AFC Buddy.

  17. surfinbird1 says: Dec 7, 2012 1:38 PM

    Pizza boy will muff it in the playoffs, and blame someone or something.

  18. ewoods6 says: Dec 7, 2012 2:00 PM

    Still not impressed. Still average less than 4 yards a carry, took him 32 touches to get 2 first down north of 100 yards; how many people saw him miss how many blitz pick ups last night?

    Not a fan of Moreno. Good hands out of the backfield but it after that, ain’t much else I like about him. Hope this is his last year in Denver.

  19. ewoods6 says: Dec 7, 2012 2:01 PM

    It’s also not a challenge to run the ball down the necks of a Raider defense that was on the field ALL night long in the 4th quarter.

    I’m supposed to be impressed by that????

  20. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Dec 7, 2012 11:00 PM

    They played the Raiders moron…everyone runs on the Raiders moron.

  21. lanman11 says: Dec 8, 2012 4:19 PM

    Peyton Manning: “Well, I saw Tom Brady and The Patriots run off a 16 play 77 yard power running drive that took 7:18 off the clock to close out the game last Sunday against the Dolphins and I’ll be darned if I’m gonna let them look smarter than us!”

    LOLing!!!! The Mannings have historically been obsessed with Brady…. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery.

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