The Denver Broncos are 2-0 for the seventh time in nine seasons. What does this mean for them? Well, the Broncos have accumulated a winning percentage over .500, 15 times when starting off the season 2-0, however, just four years ago, the Broncos got off to the same hot start of 2-0 and ended the season 5 – 11.
This past weekend the Broncos were in Jacksonville to face a struggling Jaguars team led by rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Broncos defense was chomping at the bit facing the young quarterback who struggled in his first game as a pro last week when the Jags lost to the Houston Texans.
The Jags came out aggressively attacking the secondary of the Broncos with Lawrence going 5 of 3 for 73 yards, with his longest resulting in a 25 yard touchdown completion to wide out Marvin Jones.
The Denver defense stiffened up after the Jags first drive allowing only an additional 57 yards until the half and the second half was all Denver. The Broncos added 13 more points in the second half, beating the Jags 23-13 in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the score reflected.
This week the Broncos return home with a chance to extend their winning record to three straight when they host the New York Jets a team that has lost their first two games to the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots. Sunday’s game has a 2:05 p.m. kickoff and Broncos country is eager to return to Empower Field at Mile High to cheer on the Broncos.
Unfortunately some Broncos will be sitting out this game among other upcoming games as a result of injury in Sunday’s match up with the Jags. Linebacker Josey Jewel was having a career day against the Jags with two tackles for losses before leaving the game with a torn pectoral, which will likely have ended his season. Linebacker Bradley Chubb who has been nursing an ankle injury since last season re-aggravated his injury and there is no timetable as to when he will return.
In other sports the Colorado Rockies won their two-game series with the Atlanta Braves last week and kicked off a three-game stretch with the Nationals over the weekend where Colorado took two of three. This week the Rockies are facing the L.A. Dodgers who are one game behind the division leading San Francisco Giants. L.A. lost their last series with the Rockies.
The Colorado Rapids have tied the last three matches with their latest coming against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Despite outshooting Vancouver 23-9 the Whitecaps managed to do just enough to stay even with Colorado. This weekend the Rapids are in Canada to face the Toronto FC. Colorado is still in third place in the Western Conference two points behind the conference leading Sporting KC and one point behind the Seattle Sounders.
The Denver Nuggets are just under two weeks away from the kickoff of the Nuggets preseason. The Nuggets are expected to be competitive in the West with critics calling on them to be a top opposition for the L.A. Lakers. If everyone stays healthy this season and the hopeful return of Jamal Murray, we could see the Nuggets compete far into the post-season.