Sunday was not a total loss as it turns out for the Denver Broncos, and I will explain why in just a minute. First let me make something clear, the Broncos have to play better and there are some issues that must be fixed.
I’m not ignoring that fact, but in some ways the Broncos have survived the first five games of the season. Outside of the game versus the Oakland Raiders, the Broncos played some of the best teams in the NFL and came away with a 2-3 record. It would have been nice if they could have found one more win in the first five but the bottom line is this, they are only one game behind the San Diego Chargers in the AFC West.
The Broncos have a chance to take control of the division with a win over the Chargers heading into their bye week.
Fans do not want to hear it and it’s understandable, but this was always the goal once the schedule came out last spring. Just find a way to get through the first five games without playing yourself out of the race early, the Broncos have done that. They faced a brutal schedule while Peyton Manning was getting back into the flow and everyone else was figuring out how to play with him, and each other.
Now the offense is starting to click, especially Manning, and the schedules begins to lighten up a little. That’s not to say, it is an easy schedule but the hardest part should be behind them. Combine the fact that the team is getting more comfortable with each other and the schedule, and better days could be ahead for the Broncos.
It all starts with the Chargers a week from Monday, win that and the Broncos are set up to do some damage in the last eleven weeks. Some of the games that looked tough in the second half of the season now look very winnable including road games at the Cincinnati Bengals and at the Carolina Panthers.
The Broncos also get the Kansas City Chiefs twice, the Raiders and home games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns. Any team can beat any other team on any given day, but there’s no question that the schedule for the Broncos is much less daunting then it has been over the first month of the season.
The Denver Broncos need to play better, especially on defense, but in some ways they have accomplished what they had to over the first part of the season. The game with the Chargers is huge; it sets up the rest of the season.
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