Broncos squeak one out, top Raiders 20-19

   “That was close…too close.”

“That was close…too close.”

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:

  Denver’s points scored/points allowed is not encouraging.

Denver’s points scored/points allowed is not encouraging.

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.