By late Sunday afternoon, Bronco fans were on Cloud 9 heading into halftime. The Denver Broncos were leading the Jacksonville Jaguars (Jags) 17-6. Then, the second half happened and that meager 11-point lead was no longer, because the Jacksonville Jags managed to score on their first and second drives after the half, giving them a 20-17 lead.
Much of the Jags success in the second half came from running back Leonard Fournette who shredded the Denver Broncos defense chalking up 225 yards on the ground on 29 attempts.
The Broncos defense had struggled to get a sack in their previous three games but recorded 5 in Sunday’s matchup. Though the sack drought ended for the defense the second half shed light on yet another issue with the Broncos defense, stopping the run.
Sunday’s loss is Denver’s fourth this season and seventh straight since last season, making it a very difficult pill to swallow for fans. So difficult in fact, Coach Fangio had this to say about how hard it is to stay positive in his approach as head coach, “It’s not. It’s more-I’m sure it’s harder for the players to believe in it because this is a bottom-line business and our bottom line isn’t very good right now. We’re going to keep trudging forward. We’re going to keep coaching these guys, trying to correct our mistakes, try and get better and that’s what we’re going to do.”
This along with assurances from players is falling on deaf ears as the Broncos now are 0-4 for the first time since 1999, the year following their Super Bowl win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Sunday’s loss was a heartbreaker for fans and players, in a game where the Broncos finally seemed to get things together. This week the team gets ready for division rivals, the L.A. Chargers on the road. The Chargers are third in the division coming off a win over the Miami Dolphins 30-10. The Chargers have lost to the Detroit Lions, and the Houston Texans.
In other sports the Colorado Rockies swept the Milwaukee Brewers in their last series of the season three games to none. The Brewers ousted the Rockies last season after the Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs in the 2018 National League Wild Card Game.
The Colorado Avalanche beat the Las Vegas Golden Knights and the Dallas Stars in their last two-preseason games. This week the Avalanche kick off their 2019-2020 season against the Calgary Flames on Thursday night at Pepsi Center. The Avalanche are considered one of the League’s top teams and are expected to do well this season.