5 reasons why the Vikings will beat the Broncos in Week 11
By Adam Patrick
Denver’s offensive line doesn’t stand a chance
In 2019, the Broncos haven’t been able to get much going on offense, especially when it comes to having success with their passing attack. However, Denver’s inability to pass block at even an average level likely has a lot to do with the team’s struggles at moving the ball through the air this season.
Through 10 weeks this year, Football Outsiders has the Broncos offensive line ranked as the fourth-worst pass-blocking unit in the NFL. Only the offensive lines of the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, and Tennessee Titans have provided worse pass protection than Denver this year.
During their last three games, the Broncos have let their quarterback get sacked at least three times. So they should have a wonderful time going up against a Vikings pass rush that features two of best sack-artists the league has to offer in Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen.
There’s a small chance that Denver may be able to contain Griffen and Hunter, but that may then open the door for Mike Zimmer to bring pressure with some of Minnesota’s other skilled blitzers like Harrison Smith, Eric Kendricks, and Anthony Barr.
If the Broncos get behind early and are forced to pass the ball more than they would like, their offensive line could be in for quite the afternoon as they try and avoid getting their quarterback annihilated by the Vikings defense.