Victories like these are tough to swallow. On one hand, you’re thrilled that your team won…and won decisively. On the other hand, losing a marquee player, like Chris Harris Jr., is downright terror-inducing. Since 2011 (well, maybe 2012, actually), Harris Jr. has been one of the foundations of Denver’s defense, evolving into one of the league’s most underrated (I wanted to say premier) cornerbacks.
But late in the 1st quarter, on a play that some will say should have never happened, Harris Jr. felt a pain in his right leg and had to be helped to the sideline. And now, it appears as if he’ll be done for the season, though hope springs eternal.
But what about the game itself?
Defensively, Denver kept doing what they’ve been doing during their mini win streak: taking the ball away. Devontae Thomas, Justin Simmons and Bradley Chubb all got their piece of the pie today, and their takeaways helped put points one the board.
Which is good, because, once again, the Broncos’ offense was inconsistent, at best. At worst, the offense was fucking putrid (looking at you, first half). At this point, the only person I really trust on the Broncos’ offense is Phillip Lindsay—and wouldn’t you know it, the little SOB had himself a career day, gouging the Bengals for 157 yards rushing and 2 TDs. All hail Lindsay—the best story coming out of the NFL this year.
Some other miscellaneous thoughts:
I sill don’t trust this team.
I kind of hope Bradley Roby is cut when the season is over.
Getting really, really, really tired of his piss-poor play.
We all had better wish upon a lucky star that Derek Wolfe is not out for long.
At some point, Case Keenum is going to have to show us that he can game.
What do I mean by that? Multiple games with multiple TDs and no INTs.
Hell, Jake Plummer would do that from time to time.
It might hurt my pride to type this out, but it’s clear the team is playing hard for VJ.
More and more, it appears that he might be back next year. Oof.
Like I said last week, I won’t be making any decisive or definitive comments about the 2018 Broncos. And I mean that. Honestly, it seems that anything could happen with this team from quarter to quarter, be it the miraculous or tragic, and it’s just too goddamn emotionally draining to try and make sense of any of it. At this point, I’m just going to “buy the ticket and take the ride.”
But what an incredible story it would be if these Broncos, left for dead at 3-6, came back to shock the NFL by storming into the playoffs.
I’ll be rooting for them.