Denver Broncos: Contenders or Pretenders after loss to Indianapolis Colts?

By Tylor Walden
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The Denver Broncos have suffered their first loss of the season. Is it time to hit the panic button?

The Broncos’ 17-game regular season winning streak came to an end against the Indianapolis Colts. Now sitting at 6-1, they trail the first-place Kansas City Chiefs by one game in the AFC West. How do the Broncos bounce back after suffering a heartbreaking loss?

Rest assured, that this team is too tough to give up. They still have a lot going for them at 6-1. The New England Patriots are not the same team that has dominated in recent past, the Houston Texans have quite a few question marks, and the Broncos have proven that they can beat the Baltimore Ravens. The only question is how much of a threat the Chiefs are.

I still believe Denver will make the playoffs. It would be interesting if they met the Colts in the postseason. What they need to work on is dealing with the pass rush for once. This was the first game this season that I saw Peyton Manning getting harassed at almost every snap. The offensive line has to do a better job.

Another thing is the pass defense. It did not look pretty for the majority of the game. Andrew Luck was able to have his way throwing the football and if you can’t stop Luck, there is no way you’ll be able to stop a player like Tom Brady for example. The defense also needs to start forcing turnovers. Denver lost the turnover battle 3:1 in the last game. Turnovers are key in deciding a game, especially one as close as that one was.

If Denver held on to the football, you are probably looking at the Broncos winning the game by a score of 33-29.

The Broncos are a very long way of being done. This game was more of a setback. This game will show what they need to improve on if they want any chance of hoisting the Lomardi Trophy at the end of the season.

Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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