The Denver Broncos are 1-2.
What that record doesn’t show is how close all three games have been.
For the third straight week, the Broncos played a game that was decided by a field goal or less. It’s the first time in club history that Denver has opened the season with three games decided by three or fewer points and only the 19th time in NFL history a team has opened that way.
“We could be sitting here 3-0, or we could be sitting here 0-3,” Head Coach John Fox said Monday.
Sunday’s loss in Tennessee demonstrated just how easily games can swing one way or the other.
Had the Broncos converted on fourth-and-goal for a touchdown, they would have been up 21-10, and it’s a totally different game. Instead, Tennessee took over, and two drives later found the end zone to go ahead 17-14.
“We’ve had two three-point games and one two-point game,” Fox said. “The reality is we’ve won one of them, and in the fourth quarter in both the first game and the most recent game, we didn’t make those plays; in the Cincinnati game, we did.”
“At the end of the day, it’s on all of us,” he continued. “It’s not on one guy. It’s not on the quarterback. The quarterback and the head coach get most of the blame, and most of the credit when things are good. In this case, it’s the Denver Broncos who are 1-2.”
But even with that record and a “formidable opponent” in the Green Bay Packers coming up next week at Lambeau Field, Fox said he sees a lot of positive signs from the team going forward.
“I’m encouraged from the standpoint that I think we’ve gotten better every week,” he said. “I think the health of our football team hasn’t gone quite as nicely as I would have liked. I like the guys’ commitment, their attitude and their effort. We’ve just got to play a little bit better.”