Broncos on the Bye, Generally Healthy

After a loss at Seattle which select members of the Denver Broncos’ fan base deemed a win, I don’t get the logic of many of these neophyte fans, the Broncos enter their bye week with a 2-1 record, while still remaining generally healthy.

As reported by Scotty Payne of the Broncos’ SB Nation site, Mile High Report, there are no major injuries out there at Dove Valley, Colo., and, some Broncos are returning to health.

Linebacker Danny Trevathan, who has not yet played this season, seems to be a lock to return to the lineup for the October 5 home game against the Arizona Cardinals, Denver’s next game.

After fracturing his shin August 12, Trevathan is almost a lock to return in under two months, Denver media, such as CBS 4 sports anchor Vic Lombardi have been simply astounded at his ability to return so swiftly.

In the interim, the Broncos’ defense, which held an underrated Seattle offense under 300 yards for much of the game, may have found itself.

Against the elusive Russell Wilson, Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware and T.J. Ward each amassed a sack, while Chris Harris came up with an interception to put Denver in scoring position in their 4th Quarter comeback which forced overtime.

While the defense doesn’t look good on paper through 3 weeks, (30th in net yardage surrendered at 390.7 yards per game, 16th in scoring defense at 22.3 points), the game in Seattle may ultimately prove to be a bellwether moment for them, especially since both Miller and Harris seem completely healed from serious injuries incurred in 2013.

Offensively, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has been brilliant for the Broncos, hauling in a league best 25 receptions in 2014, or 8.3 catches per game, and Peyton Manning, has thrown 8 TD’s against one interception while completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 814 yards.

While continuing to struggle with his blocking, Julius Thomas has been excellent in the passing game, hauling in five scoring receptions in his first 14 receptions, meaning he has touchdowns on 35.7 percent of his receptions, something that has been spectacular, especially when one considers that star wideout Demaryius Thomas has struggled this season.

Now, it’s interesting that this would come about but Thomas has been surmised to be thinking of a new contract in certain circles and others say he’s injured but the way he beat Seattle CB Richard Sherman for the game-tying 2-point conversion last Sunday, suggests he’s healthy.

There have also been rumors swirling that he is upset about the loss of his grandmother as she passed away last July but as it is, he has 13 receptions for 148 yards and a TD, and is averaging under 11 yards per reception.

With the Cardinals coming in after the bye, he will draw Patrick Peterson and so things don’t get much easier. The running game remains a quagmire, running for only 3.2 yards per attempt, and perhaps the next step will be giving rookie tailback Juwan Thompson a chance. I would say this much, it couldn’t hurt.