Posted Sun Oct 24th by Monty
Broncos 14, Raiders 59. The Broncos gifted Oakland 21 points in the first 6 minutes of the game, but the Raiders still outplayed them the rest of the way 38-14. How does this loss rank all-time for you?
Personally, as someone born in 1984, I was too young to feel the sting of the blowout Super Bowl losses in the 1980’s (although I vividly remember hating the 49ers — who beat Denver in 89 — for weeks). For me, the 1996-1997 playoff loss in the Wild Card round to the second year expansion Jacksonville Jaguars 27-30 still ranks as the worst-feeling loss of all-time, and probably always will.
Another devastating loss was the 2006 season finale vs. San Francisco. Win-and-you’re-in scenario, at home, heavily favored, and the Broncos dropped the ball.
But at least the Broncos showed up for those games. At least they put up a fight.
They didn’t today. In that way, this loss was worse.
Today’s loss is as raw as the 2008 finale — Mike Shanahan‘s last game — where the Broncos lost in San Diego with the division title on the line. They didn’t put up a fight then, and they didn’t put up a fight tonight. Neither opponent (the Chargers were 7-8) was really very good.
My take? This is the second worst loss in Denver Broncos franchise history, behind only that 2008 finale. From top to bottom, Josh McDaniels to Cassius Vaughn, the Broncos were horribly under-prepared and out-executed today. They should be embarrassed.
As a fan, I’m embarrassed.
Which game is worst all-time for you?