Thankfully, style points don’t count in the NFL.
If they did, then the Broncos probably wouldn’t get credit for defeating the Bengals on Sunday.
There is something to be said for finding a way to win in the face of mounting adversity, which is exactly what the Broncos did against Cincinnati.
Let’s face it, this game was ripe with excuses had the Bengals rallied to win. The Broncos weren’t just banged up, they were downright depleted. When you’re playing one of your back-up quarterbacks at wide receivers, things have reached the desperation stage.
It was also one of those games that the Broncos have found ways to lose in recent years. But instead of folding up under the pressure, they bowed up, rose up and made plays down the stretch.
Oh no, it wasn’t pretty. Without a doubt, the Broncos have plenty of things to work on. And I’m still not sure how good they’ll be this year.
But they found a way to gut out a victory. That was impressive.
To overcome all the injuries and still win is no small feat. Going into the game, Champ Bailey, Elvis Dumervil, Knowshon Moreno, Brandon Lloyd, D.J. Williams, Marcus Thomas, Demaryius Thomas and Ty Warren were all on the shelf. Then Julius Thomas and Eddie Royal got hurt before halftime.
The result? Other guys stepped in and stepped up and led the Broncos to the win.
While starters have their positions for a reason—i.e., the coaches think they are the best players—second-and-third teamers are usually out to prove they can produce, too, when they get the opportunity.
Wesley Woodyard? Oh yeah, he brought it. He made a game-high 13 tackles. Cassius Vaughn? While not considered a back-up, he still upped the level of his game with Bailey out of action. Jonathan Wilhite? When did the Broncos last make a defensive play of that magnitude? Seemingly a long time ago.
Eric Decker? He is emerging as a bona fide, big-time player. They guy gets it done. Lance Ball? He provided a nice change of pace from Willis McGahee. Even head coach John Fox said on Monday that Ball probably should have received a few more touches.
By no means are the Broncos a finished product of football excellence. We know that. But that doesn’t in any way tarnish what they accomplished on Sunday.
This is what a good team does. A team finds a way to win a game regardless of circumstance.
After seeing the Broncos miss out on such opportunities in the last few years, I found it wonderful to see them come through this time.
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