As cliche as it sounds, the game itself will be won in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Collectively, our staff predicts a Broncos 21-17 victory over the Cowboys in this game. Last week, our collective score was a fairly solid 24-16 prediction. A couple of fluky turnovers tightened up that final score.
Here is how we each predicted this game will go:
Broncos 24, Cowboys 20
The game itself comes down to how improved I feel the Broncos run defense is. After giving up a 21 yard carry to Melvin Gordon last week, the Broncos run defense brought me back to 2015 and that is a very good feeling. If you take away that one big run, they held Gordon under a 3 yards per carry game and that is insane.
Of course, Ezekiel Elliot is a different runner – a better runner – behind a better offensive line. I think he’ll get close to 4 yards per carry, but will be held around 80 yards on the ground. That will play into the Broncos defenses other strengths. Dak Prescott only had four interceptions in 2016 and I think he will end up with two of them in this game. – Tim Lynch
Broncos 24, Cowboys 17
I’ve never in my life seen a quarterback and wide receiver combination with less chemistry than Dak Prescott and Dez Bryant. While they have an amazing running attack, they just aren’t balanced enough in all aspects of offense to be more than 13-3 paper champions (their 2016 record). Their defense held the Giants down, but that shouldn’t really be of any surprise as the Giants haven’t been relevant for a half a…
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