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Week 1 vs. CIN
Rushing: 8 / 46 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 11 / 0 on 2 targets
Buckhalter was the starting running back for the Broncos, and he came out hot. He was running with a great initial burst, and showed good footwork and pad level picking up yards after contact. It seemed like Cbuck was just the shot in the arm this team needed to start out the game, but later he found his playing time reduced by rookie Knowshon Moreno. Buckhalter moved well between the tackles, and was only stopped behind the line of scrimmage on a couple of runs. Buckhalter is a very capable receiver, and with time winding down in the first half the Broncos sat the rookie and went back to Cbuck to set up a 48-yard field goal right before halftime. The team gave him two more carries in the 3rd quarter, and only 1 reception in the 4th quarter as they tried to rotate in LaMont Jordan as well as Moreno.
Week 2 vs. CLE
Rushing: 9 / 76 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 30 / 0 on 3 targets
It looked like Buckhalter wasn't running with the same burst he had last week, but he was still very effective when he carried the ball. Buckhalter had two of the biggest offensive plays of the day for the Broncos. One was a 30 yard reception at the beginning of the fourth quarter, where Cbuck used his blockers effectively on a screen pass to the right. Later in the fourth quarter he had a 45-yard carry for a touchdown. The play started off to the left, but Buckhalter saw a big cutback lane open up to the right. He changed direction without losing much speed, and found his way to the open field. Once there he cutback again to the inside, and then juked further to the other sideline as he fought off cornerback Eric Wright for the last 7 yards. Buckhalter ran with good patience on Sunday, and used his blockers well on nearly every carry he had
Week 3 vs. OAK
Rushing: 14 / 108 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Big plays were the order of the day for Buckhalter, and he kept the Raiders defense on their toes all day. He had great initial burst, but was not hitting his holes too soon. Cbuck showed great patience on many of his runs, and would wait with his arm on the back of a lineman until the hole was opened up. Two of the Broncos ten longest offensive plays of the day were runs by Buckhalter. In addition to patience and burst, he also showed some moves in the backfield. He would take the handoff, make a quick start/stop move and then continue to the second level of the defense. These subtle moves would freeze the linebackers and open up lanes for Buckhalter.
Week 4 vs. DAL
Rushing: 6 / 37 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 55 / 0 on 5 targets
Buckhalter once again energized the offense, and seemed to be the spark this team needed after starting off slow. He ran with his trademark burst, and he did a good job of setting up defenders at the second level before he even crossed the line of scrimmage with subtle moves here and there. Kyle Orton targeted Cbuck in the passing game, and he was successful on screen passes by patiently waiting for his offensive linemen to get in front of him before bursting ahead for big gains. Buckhalter went out of the game with an ankle injury in the third quarter and did not return to the game.
Week 6 vs. SD
Rushing: 10 / 46 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 29 / 0 on 4 targets
Buckhalter returned from the ankle injury that kep him out of the Patriots game, and once again provided a spark on offense nearly every time he touched the football. Cbuck ran with a good pad level, and kept his legs churning to pick up yards after contact. Buckhalter had a fumble in this game, but it didn't stop the Broncos from going back to him. The versatile back was also used effectively as a receiver out of the backfield, and showed good instincts when running after the catch. Buckhalter's production when he was in the game helped open things up when the Broncos used the play action pass.
Week 8 vs. BAL
Rushing: 8 / 16 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 30 / 0 on 6 targets
Buckhalter started this game over rookie Knowshon Moreno, but both backs had trouble running against a tough Baltimore defense. Surprisingly, Cbuck also had trouble in pass protection and allowed Chris Carr to sack Kyle Orton in the fourth quarter. Buckhalter showed good patience on toss plays and would turn on the jets at just the right time. However, most of the time the push just wasn't there, and thus Buckhalter didn't find many holes on Sunday.
Week 9 vs. PIT
Rushing: 9 / 24 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 4 / 0 on 2 targets
It's difficult to find running room against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but Buckhalter ran hard on the few carries that he did get Monday night. Buckhalter is usually the back that energizes the offense, but didn't get much of an opportunity to do that as the Broncos were using the short passing game to supplement the ground game. He did a good job of running through trash at the line of scrimmage, and kept both hands tight on the football. Buckhalter also kept his feet moving after contact, and pushed the pile as much as he could.
Week 10 vs. WAS
Rushing: 2 / 11 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Buckhalter found his way into coach McDaniels doghouse with a fumble in the second quarter on his second (and final) carry of the game. Buckhalter broke his run to the outside, but saw a cutback lane after he was down the field about 8 yards. Unable to cut on a dime without losing much speed, Cbuck had to stop his momentum which allowed the pursuit to catch up to him. Defensive tackle Lorenzo Alexander was able to hit Buckhalter and jar the ball loose from the veteran back.
Week 11 vs. SD
Rushing: 7 / 35 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 46 / 0 on 3 targets
Buckhalter was a regular part of the running back rotation, handling seven carries to Knowshon Moreno's ten. He padded his yardage total a bit with two late pickups in the passing game. He took a short six yard gain over the middle, shook his defender, and proceeded to pick up approximately twenty more yards after the catch. Later, he was the beneficiary of a well-blocked screen up the sideline during garbage time.
Week 12 vs. NYG
Rushing: 20 / 51 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 5 / 0 on 2 targets
Correll Buckhalter shared the workload with rookie Knowshon Moreno in Week 12, rushing 20 times in comparison to Moreno's 19, but Moreno was the better back on the night. Buckhalter pounded the ball inside, working the Giants defense like a boxer to cut them down to size and open up the bigger plays for Moreno later in the contest. Buckhalter came in for Moreno in the fourth quarter when he took himself out with an injury, and the difference between the two backs was obvious. Buckhalter should see less carries behind a healthy Moreno going forward.
Week 13 vs. KC
Rushing: 12 / 113 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 15 / 0 on 3 targets
Buckhalter was able to take advantage of a defense that had been abused by rookie running back Knowshon Moreno. Cbuck was a perfect change of pace back, and provided an instant spark for the Broncos anytime he was on the field. He was gashing the Chiefs defense, and would seemingly get to the second level in the blink of an eye. His biggest run of the day (26 yards) could have been even bigger if not for a shoestring tackle by Mike Brown that tripped up Buckhalter in the open field when nobody was in front of him. The last two weeks the Broncos seem more committed to the run then ever before, and Buckhalter's running has greatly helped this team.
Week 14 vs. IND
Rushing: 4 / 19 / 0
Buckhalter started this game out like many others this season, and was running hot early in the game. His no nonsense running style worked well against a speedy-but-undersized Colts defense in the first quarter. It looked like he was on his way to a big game when he came off the field with an apparent ankle injury. He did not return to the game, and the Broncos running game didn't look the same after the loss of Buckhalter.
Week 16 vs. PHI
Rushing: 5 / 42 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 12 / 0 on 2 targets
Correll Buckhalter had just five carries against his former team in Week 16, highlighted by a 33-yard dash on a 3rd-and-22 in the third quarter. Aside from his one long run, Buckhalter was a fantasy disappointment as Knowshon Moreno led the running attack once again. Buckhalter was forced into returning kickoffs due to other player injuries and then was banged up in the process of returning a kick but was able to return to the game. If Moreno continues to struggle, Buckhalter may see more playing time in Week 17 and the postseason.
Week 17 vs. KC
Rushing: 6 / 18 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 3 / 0 on 4 targets
Buckhalter started the game, and showed his trademark electricity on a few plays against the Chiefs. The Broncos tried to use him as a receiver out of the backfield, but the plays were quickly read and shut down by Kansas City. Buckhalter ended up getting dinged up in this game, and had to limp across he field to get to the Denver sideline. He returned to the lineup later in the 4th quarter but did not do much with his touches.