On Sunday, inside Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the Denver Broncos will play host to the Dallas Cowboys. Both teams are coming off huge divisional games on primetime television, and will look to continue their winning ways. This has the potential to be one of the better games on the schedule in Week 2, as both teams could be playoff participants at the end of the regular season.
For the Broncos, they will look to stay perfect at home, and are coming off a nice victory against the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football. The Broncos blocked a last-second game-tying field goal by Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo on Monday night, holding on to a 24-21 victory. The defense was impressive for three quarters, and starting quarterback Trevor Siemian was involved in all three touchdowns for Denver.
Dallas hosted the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football, and completely dominated throughout. They have some incredible players along both of their lines, and that could prove to be the difference in this one. The Broncos struggle to get protection, and the Cowboys defensive front showed on Sunday that they can get a good push against a bad Giants offensive line.
Broncos vs Cowboys Game Info:
Date: Sunday, September 17
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Location: Denver, Colorado
Venue: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
TV Info: FOX
Live Stream: Watch HD NFL Pass
Dallas Keys To Victory
Keep feeding Zeke: Last week Ezekiel Elliott had 104 yards on 24 carries as the Cowboys beat New York on Sunday Night Football. His longest rush of the night was just ten yards during that game, which indicates he had to grind for every yard against a tough defense. Wisely they stuck with it despite minimal returns early, and that approach needs to be the same in Week 2. Even if the talented Denver D slows Zeke down, they need his physicality to win this one.
Get Dez rolling: One guy who didn’t affect the game as much as he could have was receiver Dez Bryant. He was open a few times, but he and Prescott couldn’t connect. He finished with just two receptions — and he drew one huge pass interference — but he could have done more. Dallas needs Prescott and Bryant to find a way to get rolling early and keep him involved. That’s when they become impossible to defend.
Continue to get pressure: The biggest surprise from Week 1 for Dallas was the pressure delivered by the defensive ends. Demarcus Lawrence had two sacks, Charles Tapper had one — while just missing a second and Benson Mayowa should have had one if the refs saw quarterback Eli Manning’s knee was down as he threw a pass.
Denver Keys to Victory
Make Dak uncomfortable: There are times behind the massive Cowboys offensive line where Prescott can sit back and relax while he just patiently waits for a receiver to come open. They’re incredible at providing him time, but the Broncos have players capable of pushing them. In this game they need those guys — especially Von Miller — to step up and make life hard on Prescott. He’s really good, but he isn’t perfect. Get him rattled and he will make mistakes.
No turnovers: Trevor Siemian had an interception last week and running back Jamaal Charles lost a fumble. They can’t have those kinds of mistakes in Week 2 because the Dallas offense will take advantage. Siemian will never be Tom Brady, but he is good enough to get through big games without turning it over. They will need that on Sunday.
Stuff the run: The biggest key to victory will be the toughest. The Broncos surrendered just 64 yards on 22 carries last week, which is an impressive feat. This will be much harder to do to Dallas with Zeke running behind one of the best lines in the game. It still needs to be a priority. Stopping the run is the best way to ensure Dallas’ entire offense struggles