“A win is a win is a win,” the wise man once said. And with the 2018 Denver Broncos, it appears as if wins are going to be hard fought battles that are decided in the final moments of the game..and against supposedly inferior opponents.
The Raiders, coming off a 33-13 beatdown at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams, bullied the Broncos all over the field during the first half, dominating time of possession, first downs and total yards. Make no mistake, the Broncos looked absolutely anemic on offense. The first two quarters were a complete debacle, save for a 53 yard scamper by Phillip Lindsay, a beauty of a run that was completely negated on the very next play when Case Keenum threw an interception.
It wasn’t until the Broncos decided to pull their heads out of their asses late in the 3rd quarter that the “game” actually became a “game.”
At this point, you’re probably reading this and thinking: “You’re full of shit. You run FireVanceJoseph.com, and yet the Broncos are 2-0. When are you going to close down shop?”
I’m not going to, plain and simple. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the 2018 Broncos are a mediocre football team, and if they can barely pull out wins at home, what does it mean for when their backs are against the wall and they’re playing on the road?
Again, consider what we know from the first two games:
Despite gaining 470 yards of offense to the Seahawks’ 306 yards, the Broncos had to engineer 4th quarter magic to beat the birds by a measly 3 points.
Turnovers were even, so don’t come at me with that.
29 of 32 for 288 yards?! Shades of Phil Simms in Super Bowl XXI?
Like it or not, the Raiders completely outplayed the Broncos for most of the game.
So far, Case Keenum has, at worst, looked like a complete mess on the field; at best, he has looked like the highly erratic (and occasionally spectacular) Jake Plummer. An objective take on him is that he is highly uneven.
Demaryius Thomas continues to stink; can we cut this guy immediately?
How many passes can this guy drop? He has got to be nearing some sort of team record. Does anyone remember Rod Smith? Jesus, now that was a wide receiver.
The Broncos’ defense, while good, is not what it used to be. They’re being routinely exposed on big plays, and I don’t trust them against good tight ends
As it stands now, the Broncos have scored 47 points and allowed 43. Significant separation between points scored and points allowed is how to spot a contender from a pretender. Denver is clearly pretending.
Enjoy the win, of course. Beating a divisional rival is always a good thing, but beating them convincingly is even better, and the Broncos hardly did that today. And, yeah, I’ll take some cheese with the whine. Call me entitled or spoiled, but I kind of miss the days when we’d put the Raiders to bed by two touchdowns or more, not biting our fingernails as the team has to claw its way out of the grave.
Anyway, with the next game on the road, and the one after that at home against the red hot Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, Denver fans riding high on our two “barely a win” wins will be brought down to earth in sobering fashion.
@Ravens - 9/23
Prediction: borderline ugly/ugly loss
@Home against Chiefs - 10/1
Prediction: Ugly loss/really ugly loss
See you next week for the weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth.