Behind Enemy Lines: Denver Broncos

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Nov 15, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) shake hands after the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Chiefs won 29-13. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

This Sunday night Kansas City faced off against their divisional rival the Denver Broncos. We got to sit down with cover32.com Managing editor, Alex to get some info on the Broncos and what the keys to success are on Sunday night football.

Q. How has Denver adjusted to missing CJ Anderson and how have they have found success with the offense?
A. The ground game hasn’t gotten much better with him. Since Anderson’s injury, the most yards a Bronco has rushed for would be 76 by Devontae Booker in Week 10 against the Saints. There’s no doubt Anderson’s absence is hurting the Broncos–even though he’s only rushed for 100 yards once this season.

Q. This defense has played well behind the play of Darian Stewart and Bradley Roby, what is their roles in this defense and what will their focus be against KC Sunday Night?
A. Stewart is one of the more underrated safeties in the game. His incredible coverage makes it extremely difficult to throw the deep ball. His ball-hawking skills are something else. As for Roby, he’s so good as the Broncos third corner. Because of the Broncos depth, they can move around corners to cover different people.

Q. What is the general consensus on Trevor Siemian? Is he a long term answer at qb? a fill in until Lynch is ready? or will Denver be looking elsewhere in the offseason?
A. Siemian is a short-term solution at best. The Broncos see him as the quarterback now, but they want Paxton Lynch to be their starter in 2017 or 2018.

Q. What is the biggest struggle Denver has had to deal with this season?
A. The offensive line. Sure, Siemian and the ground game could be better, but it’s nearly impossible to be on your game when you’re facing pressure most snaps. The Broncos gave their o-line a major facelift in the offseason, and it looks no better than last.

Q. What are the keys to winning the game this week for Denver?
A. Winning the turnover battle. These are two elite defenses against two mediocre offenses. If Denver hands Kansas City the ball (like they did in their Week 10 meeting of last year,) then it’s a cakewalk.

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