Posted Thu Oct 21st by Jon Heath
It’s no fun for a quarterback to face the Leagues’ two best Cornerbacks in back-to-back weeks, just ask Kyle Orton.
Last week Orton faced Darrelle Revis and the Jets, this week: Nnamdi Asomugha and the Raiders.
The Broncos’ Orton tested Revis early and throughout the game last week, beating him at times, including once for a 17-yard touchdown to Rookie Demaryius Thomas. The Broncos will be looking for similar success this week, against an arguably more formidable foe.
“He’s one of the top corners in the league … and the fact that we have to play him twice a year is no fun,” said Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels. “But we’re going to try to run our offense. When you start getting into a game plan and saying, ‘Well, we can’t do this and we can’t do that,’ you can start to out-think yourself.”
The Broncos have an excess of weapons to attack Oakland’s secondary, with Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney, Eddie Royal and Thomas rounding out Denver’s powerhouse passing attack. Journey man receiver Lloyd is on pace to have his best season statistically; the Raiders may choose to have Nnamdi shade him, much like the Ravens did with Fabian Washington in week five. It’s more likely however, that Asomugha will play the left side of the field – much like the Broncos’ Champ Bailey. If that is the case, the Broncos may decide to test Oakland’s Standford Routt on the right side of the field.
“We’ll see,” Orton said. “Nnamdi’s, obviously, a really, really good player. We never just really go away from a guy. I just try to go through my reads and whoever’s open, I’ll throw the ball to him.”
The Broncos didn’t shy away from Revis and aren’t going to abandon throwing to the right side of the field just because of Asomugha, but they might think twice before doing so.
Raiders’ Asomugha to get tested by Broncos [Colorado Springs Gazette]