The Denver Broncos have had their fair share of injuries this season, and this week they will be without 20+ players against the Kansas City Chiefs. Quarterback Dak Prescott and offensive tackle Tyreek Parsons are among those out due to injuries, leaving the team in a vulnerable position. The Broncos are no strangers to facing adversity throughout the season, but with so many players missing from their lineup, this may be one of their biggest challenges yet. In this article, we’ll take a look at how the Broncos will handle being shorthanded against the Chiefs and what it means for their future prospects.
Dak Prescott will miss Sunday’s game against the Broncos
Dak Prescott will miss Sunday’s game against the Broncos due to a sprained ankle. The Cowboys have not said who will start in his place, but it is expected to be either Cooper Rush or Mike White.
This is a big loss for the Cowboys, as Prescott is their starting quarterback and one of their best players. He has thrown for 3,221 yards and 22 touchdowns this season, and has also rushed for six touchdowns.
The Cowboys will likely struggle without Prescott, as they are already without wide receiver Allen Hurns (ankle) and tight end Geoff Swaim (wrist). Denver’s defense is also one of the best in the NFL, so it will be tough for Dallas to get anything going on offense.
Also out: linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, defensive end Randy Gregory
1. Also out: linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, defensive end Randy Gregory
The Dallas Cowboys will be without two of their key defensive players when they take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch and defensive end Randy Gregory will both miss the game with injuries.
Vander Esch is dealing with a neck injury that has sidelined him for the past two games. He was originally injured in the Cowboys’ Week 11 loss to the Minnesota Vikings and has not been able to practice since then. Gregory, meanwhile, is dealing with a concussion that he suffered in the Cowboys’ Week 12 win over the Detroit Lions. He did not practice at all this week and has been ruled out for Sunday’s game.
With both Vander Esch and Gregory out, the Cowboys will have to rely heavily on their other defenders to stop Broncos quarterback Drew Lock and wide receiver Courtland Sutton. They will also need to find a way to generate pressure on Lock without their two best pass rushers.
What this means for the Cowboys’ offense
The Dallas Cowboys will be without several key offensive players when they take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Quarterback Dak Prescott (ankle) and wide receiver Cedrick Wilson (groin) have both been ruled out for the game. Additionally, running backs Ezekiel Elliott (calf) and Tony Pollard (knee) are listed as questionable.
This is a significant blow to the Cowboys’ offense, which will now have to rely heavily on backup quarterback Cooper Rush and reserve running back Alfred Morris. The good news is that the team does have some depth at wide receiver, with Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Randall Cobb all healthy and expected to play. But with Prescott and Elliott out of the lineup, it will be tough for Dallas to keep up with a high-powered Denver offense led by quarterback Drew Lock.
How the Cowboys will replace Dak Prescott
The Cowboys are expected to start Cooper Rush against the Broncos on Sunday. Rush, who has completed 29 of 45 passes for 243 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in his career, will be making his first start since Week 17 of the 2018 season. veteran journeyman Josh Johnson is also on the roster and could see action if needed.
The Dallas offense will look different without Prescott, who was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL this season. He threw for 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns, both franchise records. His absence will be felt most in the run game, as he was also the team’s leading rusher with 357 yards and three touchdowns.
Second-year running back Tony Pollard will likely get the start in Prescott’s place. Pollard has shown flashes of potential when given an opportunity, but he’s still mostly an unknown commodity. He’ll have a tough task ahead of him against a Denver defense that is allowing just 3.3 yards per carry this season (second-best in the NFL).
The Cowboys may also lean more on their passing attack without Prescott under center. That could mean more targets for receiver Amari Cooper, who leads the team with 74 catches for 1,087 yards and nine touchdowns this season. Rookie receiver CeeDee Lamb is another player to keep an eye on; he has 64 catches for 717 yards and four touchdowns and has emerged as one of Prescott’s favorite targets over the past few weeks.
With so many players sitting out, the Dallas Cowbys will have to rely on their substitutes to step up and fill in these crucial roles. It will be interesting to see how the team responds with this new line-up and whether they can get the job done against a tough Denver Broncos side. Regardless of the outcome, we wish all players a speedy recovery from any injuries sustained during this game or otherwise, and look forward to seeing them back in action soon.