The Broncos’ 15-14 win over the Bills on Sunday was one of those games where it takes a little time sink in. After the excitement wears off, one is left to ask something along the lines of, “Did they REALLY just do what I think they did?”
It also shows that it doesn’t really matter how a team wins. The bottom line is the most important thing. The Broncos’ bottom line on Sunday against the Bills was a “W.” That’s all that counts.
I know it didn’t look pretty. The Broncos had plenty of opportunities to pile up the points. They outgained the Bills 470 yards to 184. The Broncos had a 171-112 yard edge in rushing yards. They held the Bills to 72 net yards passing.
And yet, the Broncos still found themselves scrambling to pull out an improbable victory on kicker Jason Elam’s 42-yard field goal as time expired.
They also found a few answers to some questions that carried over from the preseason.
- The defense should be just fine. I realize that Buffalo’s offense isn’t exactly the best in the NFL, but the Broncos dominated on defense. Denver held the Bills’ terrific wide receiver Lee Evans to two catches for five yards. That’s ridiculous.
- Travis Henry is healthy. He had 139 yards on 23 carries. Six yards per carry?! That’s ridiculous, too.
- Jay Cutler is more than capable of being “The Man.” He wasn’t great all game long, but he came up with clutch completions when the Broncos had to have them.
We all know the Bills have not been a great team. The Broncos will undoubtedly have to play better if they are to be a force in the AFC West and make a run in the playoffs.
Despite not playing their best, the Broncos still won. As Chiefs’ head coach Herman Edwards once said, “You play to win the game.”
The Broncos did. And that’s the bottom line.
What impressed you most about the Broncos’ win? I’d love to hear from you.