With Kyle Orton throwing three interceptions and falling apart against the Steelers’ tough defense, Denver’s second straight loss after going 6-0 was certainly a disappointment. Believe me, I spent most of the evening screaming mindlessly at the television set because Orton just couldn’t get the offense down the field. Although disappointed, I went to bed knowing that when you have a schedule like the Broncos have had, wins are not going to come easily. Denver is still a contender to go late into the playoffs.
However, when I awoke Tuesday morning – with a slight headache from the night before – I was faced with several headlines stating the Broncos have lost their luster, that they are in a downward spiral to the bottom of the division. Worse, the sports talking heads now claim the Chargers are surging ahead to give Denver a serious race in the AFC West.
Give me a break, man. The terrible, wretched headlines I read the next morning pissed me off more than the Broncos loss on Monday night. Should the Broncos be tear-eyed worried about the surging Chargers, who are just one game behind Denver in the AFC West? Hell no. No way.
First, let’s look at the Chargers’ so far powder-blue schedule. In week one, they beat the worst team in the NFL, the Raiders, by just four points. Sweet. Then they lost to the Ravens in week two. In week three, the Chargers beat the Dolphins in their most impressive win of the season, 23-13. Then came losses to both the Steelers and the Broncos.
It was during week seven that the Chargers made their so-called surge with three wins against the ever-poor Raiders, the almost-just-as-terrible Chiefs, and the surprisingly slumping 5-4 New York football Giants, who, by the way, could have won the game if they had just shown some guts and gone for a touchdown instead of a field goal in the fourth quarter.
I am not impressed with the Chargers or their recent “surge.” They aren’t as good as their record portrays.
Now, let’s look at what the Broncos have done so far and the teams they have beaten. In week one, Denver beat the Bengals, who have risen to become one of the top teams in the NFL this year. OK, weeks two and three were nothing to write home about, with the Broncos handily beating both the Raiders and the Browns. In week four Denver’s schedule got as tough as any schedule I have ever seen. Denver beat Dallas (good, getting better), New England (Brady and Co., the best), and the Chargers (in San Diego, 34-23). Then came their two losses, one to Baltimore and one to the Steelers. (By the way, Baltimore would have gone 4-3 if they had lost to the Broncos. They really needed the win more, and they played like it.)
Looking at the Broncos’ schedule as they now sit at 6-2, they are right where they need to be and we Denver fans should be jumping for joy at their record.
Now I will say this next game against the Redskins is an important one. The Redskins are the joke of the league this year…well, tied for the joke-of-the-league award with the Raiders… and the Broncos need to prove they’re not in a slump by winning the game. If the Broncos lose to the Redskins, I will get very worried, very fast.
After that the Chargers come to town, and that is when we will see if all of this Charger surge hype is all its cracked up to be. I don’t believe the Chargers will be able to walk into Denver and beat our defense. After a Bronco win, the Chargers will, once again, be two games behind Denver.
So my advice here, Bronco fans, is to pay no attention to the Charger hype. Denver is truly a league above San Diego – all you need to do is look at the Broncos’ schedule and remember that they are 6-2. Things are still good in Denver.