With the Dallas Cowboys heading to Denver to face the Broncos, we go behind enemy lines to ask a Broncos’ expert five insider questions.
On Sunday afternoon, the 1-0 Dallas Cowboys will face off against the 1-0 Denver Broncos in the Mile High City in Week Two of the very young NFL regular season. The Cowboys are coming off a big win over their divisional rivals, the New York Giants, 19-3.
As for the Broncos, they also posted a victory in Week One, narrowly defeating the Los Angeles Chargers, 24-21. To get a bit of insight on the upcoming battle between these two undefeated teams, The Landry Hat crossed enemy lines and got some insider information from Tylor Walden, co-expert over at FanSided’s Denver Broncos’ site, Predominantly Orange.
Here’s the results of that covert operation…
1. Can you explain the strengths and weaknesses of this Denver Broncos’ team on both sides of the ball?
TW: I believe the biggest strength on the offensive side lies in Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and the running game. It is too early to tell how the offensive line has done, but there are some spots that have struggled on that line.
With that said, the weakness is the tight ends and offensive line. While some of the tight ends had a solid game against Los Angeles, I wanted to see more from them.
For the defense, the strength lies in the edge rushers and “No Fly Zone” secondary. If the edge rushers don’t get to the quarterback, you can expect the corners and safeties to be able to get something going.
The weakness is the defensive line, when it comes to running the ball. I am interested to see how they do against a top running back like Zeke.
2. Is the stigma surrounding the higher elevation in Denver real? And do you see it as giving the Broncos’ a measurable competitive advantage?
TW: I honestly do believe it. I was in Denver last year and could tell the change in elevation from where I live right now. That isn’t saying that I was short on breath or anything (I was prepared for the change) but going at that high of a pace at that high of an elevation, it can be taxing.
I certainly see it as an advantage. But it will all depend on how the team handles it. A team that might not have been in Denver since 2009 will have to adjust well.
3. Do you believe Trevor Siemian is the long-term answer under center for the Broncos?
TW: Honestly, it is difficult to tell at this point. But Siemian is really trying to make a case to become the long term answer. I think he has all the intangibles to become the long term answer. If he shows that he can perform well this season, it could be put into some serious consideration.
4. Who is one relativity unknown Broncos’ player that could surprise Cowboy fans on Sunday?
TW: Tyrique Jarrett could be a name to keep an eye on. I was really impressed with what he did in the preseason. His ability to get past the offensive line has been impressive. It’ll be intriguing to see how he does against a solid offensive line.
5. What is your final score prediction for the upcoming Cowboys @ Broncos matchup, and why?
TW: If Ezekiel Elliott was not playing in this game, I would give the edge to the Denver Broncos by a touchdown. But it does look like he will play on Sunday. With that said, he will keep Dallas in the game, but I honestly believe the Denver Broncos will make that extra play. I am going to say 27-24 Broncos.