The Denver Broncos went into their early bye week with a record of 3-1 and with hopes of making the playoffs. Since their bye week they have gone 0-4, giving them an overall record of 3-5, certainly not playoff material.
In just a few short weeks the Broncos have gone from playing good football, and giving their fans hope, to being a huge disappointment.
The four defeats they have suffered since the bye week have all hurt and for very different reasons. It hasn’t just been the four defeats, but the nature of those defeats that has caused so much worry amongst the Denver fan base. The Broncos had what looked to be a gimmie on return from their bye week, only to be embarrassed by a massively understrength New York Giants team 23-10 in Denver.
Just when it couldn’t get any worse for this team, it did.
The Broncos went out on the road a week later, and were shutout against the Los Angeles Chargers, losing the game 21-0. Despite pressure on starting quarterback Trevor Siemian, he kept his place for their game against the Kansas City Chiefs, another game the Broncos lost, this time they did get on the scoreboard though, losing 29-19.
Then came the big decision that many Broncos fans had been waiting for. Coach Vance Joseph named Brock Osweiler as the starter for their next game, a game which saw them travel to face the Philadelphia Eagles on the road. The game was a disaster from start to finish for the Broncos, with Osweiler, every other offensive player and the Denver defense, usually praised for their work, all performing to a standard that was so far below par it was embarrassing for them.
Just when the Broncos needed a break, they welcome the New England Patriots to Denver for the Sunday Night Football game watched by millions all over the world. The latest NFL betting has the Broncos at -115 +7.5 points showing just how big the gap is between them and the Patriots in the eyes of the bookmakers. Whoever is given the daunting task of leading this Denver offense as their quarterback on Sunday night looks set to be in for a very rough ride.
The biggest area of disappointment last weekend for the Broncos was their defense, which has shown up pretty much every game for the past few years. However, they were a huge letdown against the Eagles, and we will see what kind of character they have this weekend when the Patriots are in town. Do they fold under the pressure, or do they rise like the Champions they are and lead their team into battle once again?
It may be a little early to start talking about must-win games, but for the Devner Broncos, this could be as close as it gets to one. They have a favourable schedule to finish the season, so the playoffs are not out of sight just yet, however they must find a way to turn things around when their old rivals the New England Patriots head into town.
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