NFL’s top running backs going nowhere against Broncos

AP

Good luck, Wayne Gallman, Paul Perkins, Orleans Darkwa and Shane Vereen.

The Giants are next on the Broncos’ schedule, on Oct. 15 after a Denver bye, and the Giants’ running backs should dread the thought already.

The Broncos held Marshawn Lynch to 12 yards on nine carries Sunday. His longest run was 4 yards.

Lynch followed Melvin Gordon (18 carries, 54 yards), Ezekiel Elliott (nine carries, 8 yards) and LeSean McCoy (14 carries, 21 yards) in spending a frustrating afternoon against the Broncos run defense. Together, that’s 50 carries for 95 yards and no touchdowns for Gordon, Elliott, McCoy and Lynch.

“That’s really four special backs and really four special offensive lines,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said, via quotes distributed by the team. “Our run defense has been really stout. Again, adding [nose tackle Domata] Peko [Sr.] and [defensive end Zach] Kerr and [defensive end] Ahtyba Rubin now and obviously coaching it differently than it was coached in the past.”

The Broncos entered Sunday ranked first in the league against the run, allowing only 59.7 yards per game, and Oakland had 15 carries for 24 yards in Denver’s 16-10 victory.

“It’s extremely hard, especially if you’re a run-first offense like the Raiders are,” Joseph said. “Again, our run defense has been stout the entire year. So, I have been very proud of how those guys have played the run. With a back like that and an offensive line like that, that’s really special [to hold them to] 24 yards.”

21 responses to “NFL’s top running backs going nowhere against Broncos

  1. umm. The Giants have a terrible offensive line and no running game no matter who they play. So the Broncos shouldn’t get too full of themselves when they play the Giants.

  2. Lynch is no longer one of the league’s best RBs. I think he knows he’s spent, he just came back to protest a bit.

  3. Denver just has a good personnel department. John Elway hired some good evaluators. Even when someone gets hurt, the guy that comes in to replace him is a stud. They don’t have many bad players on the 53 man roster.

  4. charliecharger says:
    October 1, 2017 at 11:05 pm
    Denver just has a good personnel department. John Elway hired some good evaluators. Even when someone gets hurt, the guy that comes in to replace him is a stud. They don’t have many bad players on the 53 man roster

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    Their offense just put up 16 points on one of the worst defenses in football. And Lynch is old, fat and slow. Golf clap for stopping him.

  5. I don’t think there’s any evidence that Lynch is a “top running back” anymore. He was averaging 3.9 yards a carry even before today’s 9 for 12 yard performance. And in his last year with the Seahawks, he averaged 3.8 yards a carry, before he spent a year away from football. So it’s been 3 years since he’s shown himself to be a top running back. And given how RBs tend to fall off a cliff at his age, there’s a pretty good chance he’s washed up. Even Latavius Murray averaged 4 yards a carry for the Raiders last season. The same Latavius Murray who received a grand total of 7 rush attempts with the Vikings before today.

  6. I posted here several times this preseason that Lynch was a joke waiting to become a bust. I’m always amazed how the media simply copies each other’s homework. Everyone had him putting the Raiders into the Super Bowl. I predicted he would not gain 600 yards. He won’t.

  7. Broncos performance against Lynch may look impressive until you see how many yards he against the Redskins – 18. His stats have been going down all season since that first game. Time to retire again…

  8. As a lifelong Giants’ fan, I now hope they go 1-15 (all losses by less than 5 points).

    Then get the first pick in the draft (hopefully Cleveland will win 2) and trade it for 2 #1 picks and a 2nd rounder. Then draft FOUR OFFENSIVE LINEMAN in the first 2 rounds.

    I’ll keep Rithburg, move Flowers to RT, Pugh back to LG and hopefully 2 of the 4 picks (odds are ) work out. Time to fire Reese and get someone who has a clue about drafting LBr’s and Olineman.

    I’ll say it for the millionth time: They won their last 2 SB’s with shaky Ol and Lbr play (outside of Pierce, who made the best defensive stop I’ve ever seen on that screen pass against Green Bay in the NFC title game). They never did know what to do with Kiwanuka. They won their first two with the opposite.

    Oh yeah, draft a Punter in the 6th or 7th round. Stop trading the 7th round pick to move up in the 6th for a scrub. Use the 7th rounder on a punter every year if necessary. Ridiculous to lose the last two games in part, because of lousy punts.

  9. Lets address some of the silly people.

    Denver Does not need to stop the Giants to “feel full of themselves” where the run game is concerned. They just faces 4 of the top RB’s in the league, and 2 of the best O-Lines, and crushed them. The Giants will be just another team they should beat.

    Anyone who judges Denver on the score of the Oakland game does not know much about football, and nothing about the AFC west. Those games are almost always hard fought, no matter who the better team is. None of the AFC West games are going to be cake walks. Well, maybe LA in Visitor Home Field Stadium.

    The Patriots have a garbage defense and are not the threat the sycophants in the press tried to sell us on. I am not overly worried about getting them in Mile High.

  10. The Broncos do have a great defense but one reason they are doing so well is they’ve already won the mental game. Teams go in thinking they can’t throw on them because of pass rush and the secondary, so they rarely try. As a Chiefs fan I see this often. Last year in Denver smith was so gun shy he often ran into sacks and hits when the pressure wasn’t actually that bad. If you can make a team do what you want them to do stopping them becomes so much easier.

  11. The AFC is shaping up much differently than a lot of people expected. The Raiders and Patriots were supposed to dominate and they’re not. The conference is wide open and the Broncos have a winning formula: Defense. They have as good a shot as any of the contenders.

  12. I’m so tired of the talking heads on NFL network fawning over Lynch and Peterson like they are still the same guys they were three years ago. Stop it! They’re not. They are washed up non-factors in 2017.

  13. Lets see how good this D really is with a string on road games coming up before getting too excited. They will get worn out like last year!

    Trevor Siemian is an OK QB at home and a below average QB on the road.

    He can’t go into KC,Pitt,NE,Oak and win!

    Drew Bree’s in 2018!

  14. AreYouKiddingMe? says:
    October 2, 2017 at 10:27 am
    I’m so tired of the talking heads on NFL network fawning over Lynch and Peterson like they are still the same guys they were three years ago. Stop it! They’re not. They are washed up non-factors in 2017.
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    I remember in the beginning of the season “experts” said between Lynch Charles, and Peterson that Charles would most likely be done. Look at him now avg over 5 yac.

  15. But but but the Cowboys and Raiders fans all said the Broncos run defense was swiss cheese? Say it aint so…

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