Neil Harvey thinks Denver's trip to Dallas should register very high on the entertainment scale...
"Denver won’t be making much progress on the ground. But then again, neither will Dallas. Denver have the top ranked defence in the NFL when it comes to stopping the rush. They managed something that few teams do, when they made Lesean McCoy look average last week, limiting him to less than a hundred yards."
Start Time: Sunday, 21:25
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Denver have flown out of the starting blocks this season faster than a hopped-up Ben Johnson. Winning margins of 22, 18, 16 and 32 tell the one-sided tale of their four straight victories to date. The question these wins have got everybody asking is, are the Broncos really that good?
Well there's no doubting their offensive weapons. Denver are averaging a mind-boggling 45 points per game. Peyton Manning is getting good protection from his offensive line and that's allowing him time to pick out any one of Denver's embarrassingly large collection of top-notch receivers. Between Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas, they boast the best group of receivers in the NFL, and that's without even mentioning the four touchdowns contributed by tight end Julius Thomas.
But that doesn't mean the Broncos are unstoppable. They beat the Giants and the Eagles, who have two of the worst defensive units in the league. They also embarrassed a much-diminished Baltimore defence. The only credible test of their credentials came when they took on the gritty backline of Oakland, in a test they passed with flying colours courtesy of a 37-21 home win. So the reality is, Denver have humbled every defence they've faced, even if the quality of their opponents hasn't as yet been that high.
With all that success with the pass, it should have opened up great possibilities for Denver's run game, but that hasn't been the case. Their backfield committee of Knowshon Moreno, Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball has been unspectacular. Denver rank in the bottom half of the league in terms of average yards per carry and they now face a Dallas side that boasts the league's third best rush defence.
So Denver won't be making much progress on the ground. But then again, neither will Dallas. Denver have the top ranked defence in the NFL when it comes to stopping the rush. They managed something that few teams do, when they made Lesean McCoy look average last week, limiting him to less than a hundred yards. So don't expect them to have any fears about shutting down the Cowboys' DeMarco Murray.
All this points to a shootout between the QBs in a contest that will be played almost entirely through the air. Manning looks certain to have another big game, against the same Cowboys backs who gave up 400 yards to Philip Rivers and even more to Eli Manning. As for Romo, he's had it pretty easy so far, taking on the weak defences of the Giants, Rams and Chargers, yet Dallas rank just 20th in the league in terms of passing. Luckily for Romo, Denver have been giving up big yardage through the air, especially in garbage time. With Des Bryant looking beastly out wide, the Cowboys should also pick up plenty of points in what promises to be a monstrously high-scoring game.
Back Wes Welker to score anytime touchdown @ 5/6 (Sportsbook)
Back Julius Thomas to score anytime touchdown @ 11/8 (Sportsbook)
Back Over 63 points @ 21/10 (Sportsbook)