DENVER’S RUN GAME CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE
nashville, tenn.» Justin Forsett’s late-season arrival in Denver last week was meant to provide a spark for the Broncos’ running game. Gary Kubiak said the veteran back brought “a lot of juice” to a team struggling to establish a running attack.
But on his first carry Sunday, Forsett lost a fumble. The turnover led to a Tennessee field goal and an early 10-0 deficit for the Broncos.
“The first carry, I hate losing the ball,” Forsett said. “That bring the whole day down for me. We got the loss, so it’s a tough one. I’ll be better next week, but just an all-around tough day.”
Forsett’s fumble snapped his streak of 950 carries without a fumble. He last fumbled in a game in 2009.
The Broncos failed to run the ball well, again, with just 10 yards on four carries between Forsett and No. 1 back Devontae Booker in the first quarter. They finished with only 18 yards rushing as coach Gary Kubiak went to an all-out passing attack to try to catch up in the second half.
“We have to be more effective,” Forsett said. “We have to start faster. It’s just a combination of a little bit of everything.”
Receiver feats. Although the Broncos’ fourth-quarter rally fell short, Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas each had 100 or more receiving yards. Sanders had 100, in his 100th regular-season game no less, and one touchdown. Thomas had 126 receiving yards, tying Calvin Johnson (34) for the second-most 100yard receiving games since 2011. (Julio Jones leads with 36 100yard games).
“We were able to throw the football and exploit some of their coverages,” Sanders said. “That was fun to be able to throw the football around.”
Inactives. Two weeks after he muffed a pair of punts, Jordan Norwood was listed among the Broncos’ seven inactive players against the Titans. Norwood was replaced by Kalif Raymond as the team’s leading punt-returner at Jacksonville.
Joining Norwood on the inactive list for Sunday’s game was inside linebacker Brandon Marshall, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, quarterback Austin Davis, cornerback Lorenzo Doss, long snapper Casey Kreiter (calf ) and offensive linemen Connor McGovern and Billy Turner.
Footnotes. Linebacker Von Miller was on the injury report last week with a hurt elbow but said he wasn’t concerned. … Dekoda Watson (special teams), Thomas (offense) and T.J. Ward (defense) were the Broncos’ game-day captains.