I am usually one to try to keep things in perspective. The NFL season is a long one. Every team typically goes through some ups and some downs. Rarely are there must-win games in October.
At the same time, it is becoming clear that the Broncos are at a critical point in their season. The injuries are piling up. The play on the field has been inconsistent. Another quality opponent is looming. There is a danger of things going south in the locker room if the team isn’t careful.
Which way will things go? Will they spiral down? Will the team rally and overcome the adversity and make the season a positive one?
In times like this, I find it helpful to do something that is very simple…take a deep breath…hold it for just a moment…then slowly exhale.
The season isn’t over. That is important to keep in mind.
I do believe, however, this is a crossroads moment for the 2010 Denver Broncos. Teams can often have more than one of these in a season and this is, in my opinion, the first one for the Broncos this year.
Head coach Josh McDaniels said on Monday that Brian Dawkins, Andre’ Goodman, Robert Ayers, Wesley Woodyard and Darcel McBath will all miss the game against the Jets because of the injury. Demaryius Thomas might also have to sit out; his status is uncertain.
Facing any team without five prominent defensive players is a tall order. Playing a team like the Jets with that group on the sideline will be, to say the least, difficult. The Jets can run the ball, they have multiple weapons at wide receiver and tight end and they have a quarterback that is getting better.
One of the best ways the Broncos can help out an injury-ravaged defense would be to have the offense stay on the field. The problem there is that keeping the offense on the field usually involves running the ball successfully and as we all know, that has been problematic for the Broncos to this point.
Most offenses are having trouble running the ball against the Jets. They are fourth in the NFL, allowing only 79 yards per game on the ground. It is another tough week for the Broncos to try to find a running game.
There is no doubt the Broncos have their work cut out for them. They are 2-3. They have to play a really good Jets team when they are at well below full strength.
“There’s a lot of ways to look at this,” head coach Josh McDaniels said on Monday. “We’re kind of up and down. You can look at it and say we have two straight home games and we still haven’t played a game in the division yet. We’re not even halfway through the year. It usually takes one victory to make you feel better about the direction you’re headed in and how you’ve played. That’s got to be our mindset at this point, (that) we’re one game away from being 3-3.”
If the Broncos get to 3-3, they should feel better about things. If the Broncos fall to the Jets and slip to 2-4, well, I think we all know how things go when an NFL team is struggling.
Welcome to life at the crossroads.
How do you think the Broncos will fare this week? Can they overcome the adversity they are facing and beat the Jets? Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.