Question: What’s the difference between the 2018 Broncos and the 2017 Broncos?
Answer: This 2018 Broncos are actually trying to win games and still can’t get the job done.
Which squad is more pathetic? Honestly, I couldn’t tell you. The 2017 Denver Broncos were a complete disaster in all three phases of the game. This year’s Broncos are clearly a better team…but their record is 3-6…which is exactly what it was at this time last year. And even if they are playing their opponents tough, which they are, you never actually believe they’re going to finish with a win.
So while I can appreciate the fact that the players on the roster are fighting hard and not letting teams blow them out routinely like last year, they’re still losing, and there are no moral victories in the NFL—only victories.
This game, in many ways, is probably the most demoralizing loss of the season. Why? Well, for starters it was a completely winnable game. The Texans are an above average team, but they’re not the Chiefs or the Rams. They were vulnerable, and up until the final seconds of the game, looked ripe for the picking. But these are the Vance Joseph-coached Broncos. Nothing comes easy. And, of course, a completely reasonable 51-yard field goal to win the game was missed.
And don’t forget that Case Keenum finally managed to play a turnover-free game. Most of us would have expected an effort like that to be rewarded with a win. No, not for these Broncos. Fate would just find another victim to turn the ball over, and fate found Devontae Booker.
Also, it’s NEVER a good thing to head into your bye week with a loss. For two weeks, the Broncos will marinate in this defeat and their 3-6 season. For some teams, this would prove to be the spark that sets them on a path to redemption in the 2nd half of the season. But again, these are the Vance Joseph-coached Broncos we’re talking about: resilience isn’t a part of the equation.
My advice to Broncos fans: find something better to do with your Sunday afternoons. This team is fucking toast.