Posted Sat Oct 23rd by Ian Henson
As the Denver Broncos stand, battered, war-torn and close to utterly being depleted…
There is one fact that must be reflected upon. Not a single team in the NFL has had a more difficult road this season than the 2-4 Broncos. It started in the preseason even, with the Pittsburgh Steelers and only got worse as the season began. Denver has faced the 3-3 Jacksonville Jaguars, the 3-2 Seattle Seahawks, the 4-2 Indianapolis Colts, the 4-2 Tennessee Titans, the 4-2 Baltimore Ravens and the 5-1 New York Jets… And somehow they’ve won two of those games!
Arguably they had a shot at the Colts and had three bonehead plays gone the opposite way the Broncos would have beat the best team in the NFL last week.Now that is what is scary. Not Denver’s record or their rushing game…
Despite not having a pass rush, despite not having a secondary, a defensive line, an offensive line or a running back– the Broncos have been able to give the best the NFL has to offer a run for their money nearly every week.
Short of an utter meltdown, I don’t see Denver not making the playoffs this season (I said it). Similar to the Titans last season, whom some considered, “The best 0-6 team of all time.” The Broncos have what it takes in them, on their current roster and no amount of injuries the team sustains or calls that could have gone either way are going to be able to stop the offense when it’s rolling or the defense when they’re playing at their peak.
Last season fans had the excitement of Elvis Dumervil chasing an all-time sack record and Brandon Marshall setting the catch record late in the season. This season fans get to look at the possibility of Kyle Orton breaking an all time passing record, Brandon Lloyd is heading in the same direction. These players were literal undesirables in the NFL even as late as last season. Yet they’re doing incredible things in Denver.
I think that a lot of credit needs to be given to the coaching staff in Denver and head coach Josh McDaniels. The Broncos could just as easily be 5-1 or 4-2 as they are 2-4.
As my forever glass is half full mentality goes; I’d rather lose to the Colts, Ravens and Jets now and win in January.
“Hence that general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.“ – Sun Tzu