On Sunday the Denver Broncos hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in front of a crowd of cutouts from the Comedy Central animated hit, South Park, along with about 5700 fans. South Park has been one of the funniest, long-lasting, animated comedy series on Comedy Central; however, Sunday was no laughing matter.
The Denver Broncos faced the Buccaneers at Mile High Stadium Sunday with an opportunity to snap a losing streak that begin in game one of the season against the Titans. That opportunity looked less like an opportunity and more like a threat to the sanctity of Denver Broncos football.
The Broncos struggle in all facets of the game on Sunday, and by the fourth quarter, Coach Vic Fangio replaced quarterback Jeff Driskel with Brett Rypien in hopes of any spark to the offense. “Obviously we were struggling on offense. Our pass offense in particular, but we didn’t run it well either. I just wanted to get a new guy in there. See if he can get it out of his hand a little quicker, direct the protections and see if he could provide a little spark,” said coach Fangio.
Denver’s decisions in the off-season to NOT focus on the offensive line are definitively having a lasting impact on Denver’s offense. Jeff Driskel went 17 of 30 for 176 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Denver’s offensive line gave up 6 sacks with one coming in the third quarter with Denver at their own five backed up to the end-zone which became a safety, by none other than ex-Bronco, Shaquil Barrett.
It’s obvious that Denver has no idea how to turn things around at this point, but some players still believe they can turn it around. “I still think there is a lot of optimism. What you’ve got to realize is, every man in that locker room is still fighting his tail off every day. I have no doubt in my mind we are going to get this turned around,” said defensive end Shelby Harris. Harris was highest performing Bronco in Denver’s loss Sunday with four tackles, one assist, and two sacks on Tom Brady.
The Broncos will face the New York Jets this Thursday in New York at 6:20 p.m. MST. The Jets are also 0-3, losing to the Buffalo Bills, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Indianpolis Colts.
The Denver Nuggets season in the Bubble has ended with their fourth loss to the L.A. Lakers on Saturday night. The Nuggets were outscored in all quarters but the 3rd. Jerami Grant and Nikola Jokic led all Nuggets with 20 a piece, while Jamal Murray ended the night with 19. Denver’s path to the Conference Finals was historic after being down 3-1 to the Utah Jazz in the first round and 3-1 to the L.A. Clippers in the second round.
Despite Denver’s loss to the Lakers, their future looks bright with a great deal of young talent on the rise.
The Colorado Rockies lost their last game of the season to the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-3 on Sunday losing the four-game series 1-3. The Rockies lost their previous series to the San Francisco Giants one game to three with no chance of making the post-season.
COVID-19 has made its mark on sports in the U.S. and many fans are hoping for a return to normalcy in 2021.