Posted Sun Nov 14th by Ian Henson
Here’s something that probably will go unnoticed until broadcast time…
Today is Kyle Orton‘s 28th birthday.
I think Woody’s 4-12 prediction was a year early.
Well, at least I did… Today, I see hope. I woke up with a monologue in my head, one of the better coach’s speeches I can remember from a film. That film is of course Any Given Sunday and I can’t think of anything more appropriate for this time in the season. Coach D’Amato stands before his team, following a long season of ups and downs, the loss of a starting quarterback and a backup, along with the emergence of a young third stringer and delivers this:
“I don’t know what to say really… Three minutes to the biggest battle of our professional lives all comes down to today. Either we heal as a team or we are going to crumble. Inch by inch, play by play till we’re finished. We are in hell right now, gentlemen believe me and we can stay here and get the **** kicked out of us or we can fight our way back into the light.” – Al Pacino, Any Given Sunday.
Couldn’t have said it better myself, thank you Oliver Stone.
If two weeks ago the Denver Broncos were decimated by injuries, today the team is obliterated by them… With no end in sight, yet there is hope. There always seems to be hope with Denver and that’s what makes the Broncos fans so faithful I think… That’s what’s so inspirational to me and why I dedicate countless unpaid hours to writing, observing and going back and forth with other fans, because I have seen little reason in the last thirty years to ever doubt this team.
It’s not about Josh McDaniels, it’s not about Mike Shanahan or Jay Cutler, it’s not even about Pat Bowlen… The will of the fans will uplift whoever it is that suits up in blue and orange and if you’ve ever been to Mile High or even seen the Broncos on television you’ve witnessed this countless times. There’s something that needs to be said about that.
Onto the game.
Much like the Coach D’Amato’s speech in the film, it’s been the inches that have killed the Broncos this season. Inches against the New York Jets, the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts could make Denver 5-3 instead of 2-6. Today should be the day that David slays Goliath. The Chiefs are who they were, they’ve always been good, they just ended up on the wrong side of the field too often last season. They’ve simply corrected that.
Despite D.J. Williams mistake, I expect him to play with a venom unlike fans have ever seen of him. Word is that he’ll sit a quarter and then be allowed to play ball. He may have been stripped of his captain status, but his electricity will ignite Denver and all that will be left is a Chiefs team in shock.
Yes, the Chiefs have an incredible, young defense, but so have a few teams that the Broncos have played this season. A final score is going to be the toughest part about this prediction, but I am seeing this–
Broncos win 31-14.
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