Can the Denver Broncos continue to win with no passing game?

Before this NFL regular season began, the Denver Broncos had made some major changes to their franchise by bringing in NFL legend John Elway to help run things in the front office and replacing head coach Josh McDaniels with John Fox. Both moves were thought to be just what this team needed to turn things around in the Mile High City, but right out of the gate the Broncos struggled and looked destined to end the season on a sour note.

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Obviously, the Denver Broncos were expected to turn things around immediately with their new leadership in the front office and on the sidelines, but this team was hoping to get a better start to the season than losing four of the first five games. With such a slow start, the consensus in the Mile High City was that a change needed to be made and that change was at the quarterback position.

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There is no question that veteran gunslinger Kyle Orton is the best passing threat for the Denver Broncos, but he didn’t give this team the best chance to win every single week. With that being said, the chants for second-year quarterback Tim Tebow started to get heard from the fans and head coach John Fox was forced to make the move since it appeared that the team had nothing to lose.

Fortunately, the move to bench Orton in favor of Tebow has completely changed the outlook for this struggling football team with the former Heisman trophy winner leading the Broncos to three wins in his first four starts. Even though Tebow wasn’t winning games with his arm like Orton had been last season, the second-year QB was getting the job done and proved to the coaching staff that he was the best option.

In Week 10, the Denver Broncos were able to get the best of the division rival Kansas City Chiefs with a 17-10 win. This game was huge for the Broncos as they were able to gain some ground in the AFC West division, but the win was unorthodox to say the least as Tim Tebow completed just two of eight passes. One of those passes was a beautiful touchdown pass to up-and-coming wide receiver Eric Decker, but other than that the Broncos passing game was non-existent.

Instead of going with the pass, John Fox went strictly with a ground attack and forced the Chiefs to try and stop them in the running game. Five different players got in on the run game for the Broncos on Sunday, but it was Lance Ball that led the way with a game-high 96 yards. Tebow finished with just 43 rushing yards on nine carries, but scored a touchdown that helped the Broncos get the victory over the Chiefs.

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Now the question is whether or not this ground game mentality will be good enough to keep getting wins for the Denver Broncos. In Week 11, the Broncos will be defending their home field in the Mile High City against the New York Jets. With the Jets having one of the best defenses in the league, the Broncos new offensive philosophy will be truly tested.

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