Last week, I wrote the following:
Well, they got a win. A sloppy win, and against a team that was playing just as sloppy as they were. People can hoot and holler all they want about this year's Broncos, but that would be incredibly premature, in my opinion. Sure, a "W" in better than an "L", but there are problems galore with this team:
- Case Keenum looks like a slightly less talented Jake Plummer. He will amaze and infuriate from play to play. Today's three TD/three INT performance should tell you all you need to know.
- The defense has issues. Chubb and Miller are fun to watch, but the rest of the unit concerns me. Blown coverage, pathetic tackling and half-hearted efforts abound. Will Dissly made an absolute mockery of the Broncos's D during the game.
- Penalties out the wazoo. 7 for 60 yards? Any thoughts, Coach Joseph?
But just to show you I'm not a complete Debbie Downer:
- Phillip Lindsay is a special player. Part Dante Hall, part Terrell Davis. A complete badass.
- Emmanuel Sanders is a such an incredible player; without him we're a 3 win team, period.
- Von Miller is the best defensive player to ever wear a Broncos jersey, and his performance today was superb.
But does any of that make me want to reconsider my 7-9 prediction for the 2018 Denver Broncos?
No, not really. It's clear that the Broncos are an improved team but not on a worst to first level, which is what many fans are hoping for. If anything, this win is eerily reminiscent of last year's Broncos/Chargers Monday Night Football opener. And we all know how last season unravelled.
Just ask yourself this: if the game had been in Seattle, would the Broncos have won it?
I doubt it.