Posted Sun Dec 21st by Ian Henson
Fans knew from the start of the game, that the season could fall apart at the conclusion of this game. The Buffalo Bills represented a team, down on their luck, a team that the Denver Broncos should beat on paper. However, this has been the death certificate for the Broncos their entire 2008 season.
Denver jumped out to an early lead off of their opening drive, capped off by a Jay Cutler two-yard touchdown run. Followed up by a Matt Prater field goal, the Broncos soon jumped out to a 10-0 lead to finish off the first quarter and capitalizing on the coldest home game in Bronco history (17 degrees at kickoff).
The Broncos mistakes were just too self-consuming though, by halftime the score was even 13-13. Coming out of halftime the Bills received the kick and things only got worse for Denver… Gone was Marshawn Lynch, re injuring a shoulder that had kept him out of practice; enter backup Fred Jackson, who tore the Broncos a new one. Jackson would finish the game with 70-yards receiving and 40-yards rushing and one touchdown.
Cutler, with a chance to tie, over-threw Brandon Stokley once from Buffalo 15-yard line. Then went to him again, only to have it batted away on 4th and 5 by Bills corner Reggie Corner. The Broncos look ahead to travel to San Diego, to face the Chargers for their right to play in the AFC Playoffs in the weeks following. It’s put up or shut up and like Brandon Marshall said in the press conference following the loss to the Bills…
“We’re going to see what some of the guys in the locker room are made of.”