Broncos’ game plan designed to keep Antonio Brown from beating Denver
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Antonio Brown is one of the league’s most feared receivers. He has been undeniably torching secondaries since 2013 and the Denver Broncos did not want that to happen to them in Week 12 NFL action.
Teaming him up with fellow wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster over the last couple years only made matters worse for opposing defenses.
Last week, Brown dared other NFL teams to “pick ya poison” in a tweet. This is in reference to Smith-Schuster and himself, who are one of the league’s most explosive tandems.
This prompted Broncos’ head coach Vance Joseph to step up in devising their method of stopping the six-time Pro Bowler, as per Bryan Deardo of 247sports.com.
“Our game plan was not to let Antonio Brown (beat us),” Joseph said after the game, via ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “We knew ’19,’ Schuster, was going to make some plays obviously, but the plan was not to let 84’ beat us.”
Focusing on Brown was the main goal for the Broncos’ defense, as they had been dominated by him before, and coach Joseph had an idea of what he was capable of.
Their strategy paid off with the Broncos earning a 24-17 win, their fifth win of the season. In the game, Brown was limited to just 67 yards on nine receptions. His longest of the afternoon was only 14 yards.
It was an impressive showing from the Broncos, who improved their record to 5-6.
Though they lost, the Steelers still lead the AFC North with a 7-3-1 record. Through 11 games, Brown has put up impressive numbers with 71 receptions, 874 yards, and 11 touchdowns.
Next week, they’ll have a chance to bounce back after their loss to the Broncos as they take on the Los Angeles Chargers.