CBS Sports' Dan Fouts On Week 9 Broncos-Eagles Matchup, More

CBS Sports' Dan Fouts On Week 9 Broncos-Eagles Matchup, More

The Broncos offense is ranked near the bottom of the league so it needs all the help it can get.

The Broncos have scored 61 points in the past five games combined - 12.2 points per game.

The Eagles are relatively healthy this week, with only cornerback Ronald Darby and newly acquired running back Jay Ajayi listed as questionable for the game. They've benched quarterback Trevor Siemian to start Brock Osweiler against the Eagles and they haven't thrown a touchdown pass to a wide receiver since Week 2.

Denver fans have had few complaints about their team's defense, but the offense is another story.

Lane Johnson called Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller the best player that he has ever seen on film. But it's been 23 games since Manning retired, and the Broncos often sill play as if he is behind center. The team is working on red zone plays in practice this afternoon. The Broncos have not held up their end of that deal, and after three losses, enter Philly at their lowest point since their 1-4 start in 2011 (Kyle Orton's last stand).

Clean up the third phase: Broncos special-teams coordinator Brock Olivo, in his first year on the job, has consistently taken the blame for the team's special-teams woes, which include a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown by the Chargers and a fumbled punt and a muffed kickoff against the Chiefs. In their seven wins, they have 14 takeaways and at least one in every single game. With no game offering a spread of more than a touchdown, there are plenty of expected close contests on the schedule this week.

"I haven't (made a decision) yet", Pederson said. However, Osweiler plus an inconsistent run game and a dynamic defensive line, also featuring matchup menace Fletcher Cox, sets up nicely for the Eagles. "I have to get that". Sanders has missed the last two weeks and the team's big play potential has suffered. While the Colts have had struggles of their own this season, especially on the road, facing a team in transition at quarterback should give them a chance to cover.

The Broncos have not spent much time out of playoff races over the past 30-plus years, but if they lose Sunday, they're looking at a grim second half. And now they've had some minor in-house defensive sniping about their problems on offense.