The Denver Broncos suffered their first loss of the season Sunday morning in Buffalo. The Broncos were coming off of a phenomenal performance against the Dallas Cowboys the week before, and while the offense looked virtually unstoppable the week before, their performance on Sunday morning in Buffalo seemed more like a comedy of errors.
Itís hard to place blame on one player in a team sport and although there were plenty of errors to go around (especially on offense), the team as a whole just wasnít ready for the Billsí and their sell out crowd. The Broncos committed a plethora of penalties on Sunday recording 10 for a loss of 79 yards. 4 of which were false starts, which were likely a result of crowd noise.
Additionally, in the fourth quarter, the Broncos were down with just under 8 minutes to play, Denverís defense had stopped the Bills on 3rd and 6, on Denverís 46 yard-line, when Linebacker Von Miller broke through the line and pressured Billsí quarterback Tyrod Taylor an errant pass he also tipped taking the quarterback to the ground in the process. Miller stood up and offered his hand to Taylor, quickly retracting his hand (in what appeared to be a playful gesture between friends) causing the Ref to toss a flag for un-sportsmanlike conduct. The Broncos were penalized 15 yards for Millerís action and kept the drive alive, giving the Bills three more points and adding their lead to 10.
While I canít blame Miller for the loss of the game on Sunday, it was a combination of small and large mistakes that eventually became too much for Denver to bounce back from.
This week is the start of Raider week, a week Bronco fans fully participate in, as the Broncos prepare to host the Oakland Raiders at home this weekend.
In other sports the Colorado Rockies are still holding on to a slight glimmer of hope even though theyíve lost six of their last ten to divisional opponents placing them six games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks. They will be unable to catch the Diamondbacks for the number two-spot in the National League (NL) West but they hold a two-game lead on the Milwaukee Brewers for the NL wildcard. Luckily for Colorado, their remaining 6 games (as of this writing) are home games. Colorado will host the Miami Marlins in a three-game series that wraps up Wednesday, and then begin their final three-game series with the L.A. Dodgers on Friday wrapping up the series and the season on Sunday October 1st.