In 1999 George W. Bush announced his run for president, the Y2K hype reached epic proportions, and the bullet dodging Keanu Reeves appeared in The Matrix. Nineteen-Ninety-Nine was also the last year the Denver Broncos begin a season 0-3 and would lose one more (0-4) before recording their first win over the Oakland Raiders (In 1999 the Seattle Seahawks were also in the AFC West).
Fast-forward 20 years, where we find a 2019 Denver Broncos team reeling after three straight losses in games that they could have won. Today’s Broncos don’t seem nearly as bad as the post-Super-Bowl 1999 Broncos, but their record says otherwise.
In the week heading into Sunday’s match-up with the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, players took to social media to reassure fans that things would turn around this week for the better. Unfortunately, they did not. Although there was much improvement from weeks one and two, it wasn’t nearly enough to beat the Packers.
In fact, after revisiting yesterday’s game, it’s clear that the Denver Broncos beat themselves, giving up 14 points on three turnovers, a missed extra point and an unfortunate “bad call,” that negated a touchdown which Denver later settled for a field goal.
Last week, calls for a benching came from Denver’s fan-base targeted offensive tackle Garrett Bolles after chalking up holding flags in his first two games. Bolles recorded zero holds in his game against the Packers; however, Denver’s offensive line gave up six sacks.
While Denver as a team appeared to improve from last week, they still haven’t been able to channel the once scary defense, teams around the league dreaded facing. The one stat that has fans up in arms is there have been ZERO sacks from the Denver Broncos over three-games. In fact, Denver opponents have out-sacked Denver’s defense 11-0. That’s almost a 4 sack average for teams when facing the Broncos.
The Denver Broncos will face the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday at Empower Field @ Mile High. The Jaguars are coming off their first win in their game with the Tennessee Titans, after losing their first two games.
In other sports the Colorado Rockies began a three-game series with the division-leading L.A. Dodgers on Friday losing game one, winning game two and dropping game three yesterday in L.A. The last-place Rockies are slated for a three-game series with division foes, the San Francisco Giants this week at Oracle Park, before returning home for their last three-games versus the Milwaukee Brewers at Coors Field.
The Colorado Avalanche won their first pre-season game last night over the Minnesota Wild at Pepsi Center. The Avalanche are 1-3 in preseason after losing to the Las Vegas Golden Knights, the Dallas Stars and in their first matchup with the Minnesota Wild. The Avalanche have two more pre-season games before kicking off the regular season against the Calgary Flames at Pepsi Center on Thursday, October 3 at 7 p.m. MST.