Posted Wed Nov 3rd by Jon Heath
While the Broncos take a week off during their bye-week, we the fans are stuck with no Bronco-related news during the week, no game to watch on Sunday, and no venting (or celebrating) next Monday. So, to help get through the week, here’s three things for you to dissect during the long Bye week.
1. We are not alone
This season has been kinda strange. The NFL, rather, MFL (Mediocre Football League), has no stand out Super Bowl contenders like the Colts and Saints of 2009. And the Broncos sure aren’t the only team that’s disappointed their fans. Heck, the AFC West’s combined record is 14-17! It really could be worse. At least we’re not fans of the Cowboys, Vikings, Bengals, Panthers, or Bills. There’s eight other teams besides the Broncos that haven’t won their third game yet either. It’s just hasn’t been the Broncos year.
2. Are the Broncos under a curse?
Since starting 6-0 in 2009, the Broncos have gone 4-14. The reason for that has been discussed and debated extensively. I suggest a new theory; the Broncos got cocky after starting out 6-0 last season, and as Josh McDaniels admitted, they didn’t prepare for the Ravens like they should have. As a result, the Broncos angered the football gods, who in turn, placed a curse on the Broncos. The team went out in week 8 and got their butts kicked-in by Baltimore and finished the season poorly. Still under the curse, the Broncos were never able to get their mojo back this season. Faced with another bye week, the Broncos can release the curse–or jinx it if you will–by getting a reality check and some humility and preparing better for the Chiefs than they did for the Ravens in 2009. The bye-week-to-bye-week curse would then be removed, and the Broncos could get back on track.
3. Is the season completely lost, or do the Broncos still have a legitimate chance to do something this season?
Root for the Texans on Sunday. If they can knock off the Chargers in Houston, San Diego would fall to 3-6, putting the Broncos just one game behind them. Meanwhile, the Chiefs, who are coming off a narrow overtime victory over the Bills, have back-to-back road division games coming up against the Raiders and Broncos respectively. The Raiders will close the second half of the season facing opponents who have a combined record of 26-18, with the Chiefs, Steelers, Colts, Chargers and Dolphins coming in a six-week stretch. What I’m getting at is, if the Broncos can manage to finish the season 8-8, closing the season with two home games, they still have a shot at the AFC West. While it may be a slim chance, the NFL is always full of surprises and nobody knows how the rest of the west will fair through the last nine weeks of play.
I’m not expecting a late season surge that catapults the Broncos into the Playoffs, but I’m also not giving up all hope – like I know nearly all other Broncos fans have already done. The Broncos have eight games left to play and a week off to regroup, I haven’t given up hope – just yet.