But, if I’m to be completely honest here: it appears that the loss to the Texans has indeed been a spark. I don’t like being wrong, but maybe the Broncos were so tired of having their noses rubbed in shit, that they’ve gotten good and pissed and are going on a tear?
Or maybe it’s really just two flukes in a row against two playoff-bound AFC teams? At this point, anything is possible, and I’m no longer comfortable making any decisive comments about this team because they oscillate so greatly from week to week—or they used to, at least.
Another reason this win is absolutely nuts: the Steelers gained 527 yards of offense and could only put up 17 miserable points. “What to make of the 2018 Steelers?” is a question I’m sure Pittsburgh fans are asking themselves right now.
527 yards! I mean, with yardage like that the Steelers should have won 45-24 or something. But they didn’t, which begs the question: is Denver’s defense good or bad? I couldn't tell you at this point, but I’m leaning towards good. Then again, 527 yards is pretty pathetic. Oh, Broncos, you’re such a card!
And at the risk of wading into “hey, maybe Vance isn’t so bad territory,” I do want to point out a rather inconvenient fact: even if the Broncos win out (10-6), they’re still probably going to need help getting into the postseason, a sobering truth that casts a harsh light on a number of close losses they’ve had this season—losses that were largely self-inflicted (Chiefs, Texans and Rams come to mind).
So let’s get to the question that a lot of people are asking themselves right now: did this win save Vance Joseph’s job?
No, not even close. The Broncos are a 5-6 team. Last I checked, that’s a losing record. And while Denver’s remaining schedule looks winnable, you simply CANNOT trust this team to do anything you think they will, which means both winning and losing. So when I see articles like this from USA Today, I roll my eyes into the back of my head. Premature doesn’t even begin to describe speculation like that.
Seriously, the only thing you can do with these Broncos is take them week by week. Actually, scratch that shit. You can’t even take them week by week; more like quarter by quarter.
And let’s get something perfectly straight here: the ONLY way Vance Joseph should keep his job is if he manages to get Denver back into the postseason. Nothing less. And that means Vance should be sent packing if the Broncos get to 9-7 or 10-6 but narrowly miss out.
Sorry, but them’s the breaks.