Last week we mentioned that Colorado fans didn’t have much to cheer for and after having two weeks off, Bronco fans were excited to see what Denver’s dominant defense had in store for the 0 – 5 New York Giants. It wasn’t however what Denver fans expected by any means.
Sports critics and commentators across networks all agreed and were in favor of a completely dominant performance by Denver over the injury stricken Giants. What people tend to forget is this is the NFL, and anything can happen. Sunday night in front of a National audience…anything did happen, when the New York Giants came to Denver and punched the Broncos in the mouth. Denver’s response…absolutely nothing.
While fans might make excuses for the Broncos saying the officiating was biased, or inefficient, it doesn’t hide the fact that the Broncos were out-played, out-coached and simply out-hustled by a more determined and hungry team. You can’t take anything away from the Giants; they simply weren’t leaving Denver 0 -- 6.
I could go over statistics for this game, pointing out where the Broncos needed to improve but it just doesn’t take away from the most important fact, which is, they had two weeks to prepare for this game. What exactly did they prepare for?
Now that Denver’s bye is out of the way they can focus on not over-looking anyone else on their schedule and potentially un-seating the division leading Kansas City Chiefs.
Despite Denver’s embarrassing loss, they still maintained their number two positions in the AFC West when everyone except for the L.A. Chargers lost. The Pittsburgh Steelers who handed the Chiefs their first loss outplayed Kansas City through all four quarters in Kansas City. The Raiders lost their fourth straight game to the L.A. Chargers which now puts the Raiders dead last in the division.
The Denver Broncos are headed into probably the most difficult part of their schedule over the next three weeks when they head to L.A. next week to face the Chargers in a divisional game that is pivotal for both teams. Then off to Kansas City to face the division-leading Chiefs, and then on to Philadelphia to face a red-hot Eagles team.
These next three weeks will either make or break the Denver Broncos, and Sunday night’s home field advantage was supposed to be their easy one over the course of four weeks. Fans hope that Denver figures things out by next week.