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Broncos Mailbag: Did offensive debut against Giants suggest Denver can keep up with Kansas City? – The Denver Post

Denver Post Broncos writer Ryan O’Halloran posts his Broncos Mailbag periodically during the season. Submit questions to Ryan here.

A win is a win but if this offense wasn’t concerned about making big plays downfield or using the weapons they have around them wouldn’t Kendall Hilton have been a cheaper option than Teddy Bridgewater? This looks like 2009 Kyle Orton all over again.

— Steve, Forks, Wash.

My educated guess is that Steve is being sarcastic, but what kind of attitude is that to have after the Broncos steam-rolled the Giants in Sunday’s opener?

The Broncos’ big plays: Melvin Gordon’s 70-yard touchdown run, Bridgewater’s eight-yard scramble that turned in a 23-yard gain post-penalty and Bridgewater completions of 25 (Noah Fant), 22 (KJ Hamler), 20 (Jerry Jeudy), 18 (Gordon), 17 (Jeudy) and 16 (Tim Patrick) yards.

(For the record, Kendall Hinton completed one of his nine attempts for 13 yards last November against New Orleans; I would rather you say Tim Tebow.)

Ryan, I have to say I was impressed by Teddy Bridgewater on Sunday. I can’t remember the last time I saw a Broncos offense move so smoothly. It’s early, but I see this team definitely going to the playoffs this year. What do you think?

— Will, Denver

Everybody should have been impressed by Bridgewater in his Broncos regular season debut. He completed 28 of 36 passes for 264 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Bridgewater’s completion percentage of 77.8% was second in Week 1 (not including Monday’s game) behind only Seattle’s Russell Wilson (78.3%), who had 13 fewer attempts.

We already knew Bridgewater had good pocket awareness, but he showed an ability to make plays vertically (scrambling for yards) and horizontally (buying time while evading pressure).

Let’s pump the brakes a bit on the playoffs, but the schedule sets up nicely the next three weeks: At Jacksonville and home to the New York Jets and then the injury-riddled Baltimore Ravens. Start 3-0 and we can have that playoff conversation.

Von Miller looked incredible against the Giants. It was like missing last season rejuvenated his body. Given what you’ve seen from him so far, do you believe he can return to 2015 Von, especially when Bradley Chubb comes back?

— Harrison S., Aurora

Sunday was a great start for Miller. Without the benefit of playing opposite Chubb, he had both of the Broncos’ sacks, but one of his most impressive plays was early in the game when he set the edge in the run game, allowing his help to make the tackle. That showed his ankle is perfectly fine.

Miller’s attitude has been sunny throughout training camp and now he has reason to be optimistic. Remember, the Broncos had struggled to get sacks early in the last two years so the hope for Miller is he can take advantage of facing two rookie quarterbacks (Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson) to have a great start.

The 2015 version of Miller (11 sacks) is certainly possible.

After seeing the first game against the Giants, does this look like an offense that can hang with the Chiefs?

— Dan, Westminster

The ankle injury to receiver Jerry Jeudy will hurt the Broncos’ offense and nobody in the world of pro football is currently challenging the Chiefs offense.

The Broncos’ best chance against Kansas City later this season is a) make sure all of the top players are healthy, b) the secondary can stick to tight end Travis Kelce and receiver Tyreek Hill and c) the defensive line and linebackers can pressure Patrick Mahomes into mistakes.

No matter how good the Broncos’ offense looked Sunday, they still aren’t at the level of being able to win a track meet against the Chiefs.

Denver Post Broncos writer Ryan O’Halloran posts his Broncos Mailbag periodically during the season. Submit questions to Ryan here.

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