Last night, the Denver Broncos played a tale of two halves that started out great, but had a terrible ending.
The Broncos played like Dr. Jekyll in the first half. Getting help from three New England Patriots‘ turnovers and a solid half from Knowshon Moreno, Denver jumped out to a 24-0 halftime score. Seeing this score last night, I was really excited but knew that it was not over, and hoped that the Broncos would continue stepping on the gas and put the game away for a statement win on the road.
Then Mr. Hyde showed its face, as the Broncos appeared to have switched personalities and just played horribly. The injury to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was painful for the coverage team as the Broncos looked like they could not cover anyone, especially Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. The turnovers committed made things worse as the Broncos basically allowed the Patriots to get back into the game by just simply giving them the ball.
Montee Ball proved that he still needs to work on ball security and Peyton Manning gave the ball away on an interception in a crucial time. And let us not forget Tony Carter‘s unintentional touch on a punt to make it a live ball.
The Broncos beat themselves last night. Up 24-0, they should have never kept their foot off the gas. You simply cannot blow a lead that large. This game will really question the fight in the Broncos. This is the second Sunday Night Football game they have lost in three attempts. Some people wonder if the Broncos can truly win on the big stage and in a meaningful game.
They were able to show the world they had it when they beat the Baltimore Ravens on opening night and the Kansas City Chiefs just last week, but losing on Sunday Night on the road to the Indianapolis Colts and the Patriots questions if they can win a big game in opponent’s territory.
If this is an issue, the Broncos are going to need to get their act together and win out to secure home-field advantage. If the Broncos don’t, I guarantee that there will be a lot of nervous fans when they play a road playoff game.