Rookie RB might give Broncos offense needed boost

USA TODAY Sports’ Tom Pelissero recaps the biggest takeaways from Sunday’s games.

DENVER — The Denver Broncos have rediscovered their running game, and that could be bad news for the rest of the AFC West.

With divisional games against the San Diego Charger and Oakland Raiders in the next two weeks, the Denver offense suddenly looks far more balanced — and dangerous — after backs C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker combined for 190 rushing yards and two touchdowns Monday against the Houston Texans.

After disappointing performances on the ground over the past four weeks, it was a much-needed change. The Broncos hadn’t topped 100 rushing yards since a Week 2 win against the Indianapolis Colts, which has put too much pressure on quarterback Trevor Siemian.

“We went there and ran our butt off and made defenders be punished,” said Booker, a rookie fourth-round pick.

He had career highs in carries (17) and yards (83) Monday to go along with his first NFL touchdown. It’s a sign that the Broncos are truly moving to a two-back…

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