Why the Broncos' run game could be primed to take off against Raiders – DenverBroncos.com

Spread the love




Digital Media Contributor
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — After facing one of the toughest run defenses in the league in the 49ers, the Broncos’ running backs could have an opportunity to shine against the Raiders on Sunday.
While the stat sheet may have been modest, the Broncos’ rushers did their job against San Francisco’s defense — a dominant group that allowed the second-fewest rushing yards in the league entering the game. The 101 combined rushing yards between Javonte Williams, Melvin Gordon III and Russell Wilson was much higher than the average of 67.5 rush yards per game allowed by the 49ers through their first two games, which was a testament to Denver’s ability to move the ball on the ground.
Against the Raiders, the run game could be significantly more productive — and, along with that, Williams and Gordon could see a more productive workload.
Through the first three games of 2022, Las Vegas has allowed over 110 rushing yards per game, as well as 22 rushing first downs and four rushing touchdowns on the season. The Raiders’ defense has also allowed touchdowns on 80 percent of their opponents’ trips inside the 20-yard line, which could be a golden opportunity for Denver to improve their red-zone efficiency and let Williams and Gordon put points on the board. Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett, though, knows the Broncos will still face a challenge against Las Vegas.
“I think that the Raiders are a very good football team,” Hackett said Thursday. “I think that they have a really good scheme down in the red zone. I think that sometimes things happen [and] they don’t click, whether it be stopping them or getting in the end zone. For us, we just want to do what is best for this game, we want to be sure to get the matchups that we can and be able to get the ball in the end zone. … I think we’re better than we are [and] I think they’re better than they are. I think [we are] both really two good teams.”
Williams also emphasized the Broncos must not overreact to the Raiders’ slow start.
“It’s just a team that’s learning a new defense — they’re trying to get everything together,” Williams said. “This is the NFL, so any week, any team can come out and show you something different. We’re just preparing like it’s any other game. Last week, we prepared for the red zone the same way we’re doing this week.”
Williams has yet to score a touchdown in 2022, but he leads the Broncos with 176 rush yards and continues to display his signature ability to shed tackles. The powerful back has forced 75 missed tackles since 2021, according to the NFL Research Department, and he has consistently broken through defenders to average 4.8 yards per carry — good for eighth in the league among running backs with 30 or more carries.
Against the Raiders, Williams could see more carries, more broken tackles and perhaps the end zone in Sunday’s matchup.
Hackett and the Broncos have split carries between Williams and Gordon almost equally, and he intends to continue frequently using both running backs. While Williams has been more efficient with his touches, Gordon has found ways to make big plays in crucial moments — his 1-yard touchdown run against the 49ers proved to be the difference in the game.
Hackett didn’t divulge how he plans to divide the workload between the two running backs against Las Vegas, but he explained that his top priority is keeping both Williams and Gordon fresh.
“Whenever we put a game plan together, we’ll have specific things for certain people,” Hackett said. “But at the same time, we want to keep those guys fresh. I think [Running Backs Coach] Tyrone [Wheatley], who’s played the position for a long time, he has a great feel for those guys as they run, because they run hard, both of them. We want to be sure that they’re fresh, and so we’ll get them both in, and we want to keep them as fresh as we can throughout the game.”
While some running backs may worry about losing their rhythm when they split carries, Williams isn’t fazed. To the second-year back out of North Carolina, he has the ability to make plays no matter the circumstances.
“I just run when I get the ball,” Williams said. “Some people say it [does affect your rhythm], some people say it don’t, but I feel like, if you’re a good player, whenever you get the ball in your hands you’re going to make something happen.”
Williams certainly knows how to make things happen with the ball in his hands, and he and Gordon will look to do just that on Sunday against the Raiders.
Take a look inside the Broncos’ week of practice with images from team photographer Gabriel Christus.
Mike Boone during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Courtland Sutton during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Eric Saubert during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Jerry Jeudy during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Ronald Darby during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Javonte Williams during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Russell Wilson during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Kareem Jackson and Josey Jewell during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Pat Surtain II during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Josey Jewell during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Caden Sterns during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Courtland Sutton during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Amanda Gerlach/Denver Broncos
Baron Browning and Baron Browning during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Amanda Gerlach/Denver Broncos
Bradley Chubb during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Jill Kirson/Denver Broncos
Randy Gregory, Aaron Patrick, Jonathan Kongbo, Bradley Chubb, Baron Browning, Nik Bonitto and Bert Watts during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Mike Purcell during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Jill Kirson/Denver Broncos
Aaron Patrick, Nik Bonitto and Randy Gregory during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Jill Kirson/Denver Broncos
Graham Glasgow and Quinn Bailey during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Dalton Risner during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Marcus Dixon and AC Carter during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Nik Bonitto during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Amanda Gerlach/Denver Broncos
DeShawn Williams during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
D.J. Jones during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Baron Browning, Jonathan Kongbo, Randy Gregory during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Amanda Gerlach/Denver Broncos
Mike Boone during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Amanda Gerlach/Denver Broncos
Delarrin Turner-Yell during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Justin Strnad and Marcus Dixon during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Amanda Gerlach/Denver Broncos
Bradley Chubb and DeShawn Williams during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Damarri Mathis, P.J. Locke and K’Waun Williams during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Josh Johnson during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Amanda Gerlach/Denver Broncos
Brett Rypien and Garett Bolles during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Russell Wilson during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Randy Gregory and Nathaniel Hackett during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Jill Kirson/Denver Broncos
Ronald Darby during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Damarri Mathis during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Eric Tomlinson and Eric Saubert during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Bradley Chubb during practice on Friday, September 30, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
K’Waun Williams during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Pat Surtain II during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Russell Wilson during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
DeShawn Williams, Jonathan Harris, Eyioma Uwazurike, Bradley Chubb, Dre’Mont Jones Baron Browning and Mike Purcell during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Pat Surtain II during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Javonte Williams during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Russell Wilson during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Jerry Jeudy during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Courtland Sutton and Christian Parker during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Jerry Jeudy during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
KJ Hamler during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Courtland Sutton during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Montrell Washington during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Javonte Williams during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Melvin Gordon III and Tyrone Wheatley during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Eric Tomlinson and Eric Saubert during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Amanda Gerlach/Denver Broncos
Bradley Chubb during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Amanda Gerlach/Denver Broncos
Jonas Griffith during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Marcus Dixon and Jonathan Harris during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Nathaniel Hackett and Randy Gregory during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Bradley Chubb and AC Carter during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
KJ Hamler during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Jerry Jeudy during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Pat Surtain II during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Delarrin Turner-Yell during practice on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Corliss Waitman during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Dre’Mont Jones during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Ronald Darby during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Corliss Waitman during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Josey Jewell during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Pat Surtain II during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
DeShawn Williams during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Kendall Hinton during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Albert Okwuegbunam during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Jerry Jeudy and Eric Saubert during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Pat Surtain II during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Justin Strnad during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Russell Wilson during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Javonte Williams during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
K’Waun Williams during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Jonas Griffith during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Courtland Sutton during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Jerry Jeudy during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Melvin Gordon III during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Russell Wilson during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Randy Gregory during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Jerry Jeudy during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
KJ Hamler during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Courtland Sutton during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Ronald Darby during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Caden Sterns during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
Mike Purcell during practice on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos
“We’re close, but that’s not what we’re here for,” Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett said. “We’re not here to be number one in close games. We’re here to win football games.”
Additionally, right tackle Billy Turner and cornerback K’Waun Williams are “week to week” with knee injuries.
“It’s been a lot to get to this moment, but I’m definitely blessed and hopefully I can keep building off of it,” Virgil said after the game.
“It’s definitely frustrating,” Russell Wilson said after a Week 10 loss to the Titans. “I feel like we could’ve won that game.”
Simmons was listed as questionable ahead of Sunday’s game.
How to watch, listen to and live stream Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans on November 13, 2022.
“In the end, that’s what it comes down to,” HC Nathaniel Hackett said. “Guys have to make plays. Big-time players make big-time plays in big-time situations.”
Here are the final score and spread predictions from NFL analysts around the country for the Broncos’ Week 10 game vs. Tennessee.
The Broncos also have five players who are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game in Tennessee.
The team is collecting feedback from the Broncos’ season ticket member base to explore possible uniform changes in the future.
Plus, NBC Sports’ Chris Simms names Pat Surtain II the top cornerback in the NFL.
Copyright © 2022 Denver Broncos. All Rights Reserved.

source


Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: