It’s called a season for a reason. All 16 games count. And the Broncos have to be glad for that.
With the win over the Titans on Monday night, the Broncos accomplished their first task of getting back to .500. Now, they have to keep it going.
One reason to think the Broncos can and will is the play of their defense. They have changed things up, they have made adjustments, and they have received more from young players who are developing.
While Vince Young isn’t the best quarterback in the NFL, he is dangerous. The Broncos didn’t let Young take over the game. They kept him and the Titans’ offense pretty well in check.
Another reason to think the Broncos can continue to play well is the emergence of the big play. For the first time in franchise history, the Broncos had four touchdowns of over 40 yards in one game.
The week before against the Chiefs, Selvin Young had a 20-yard touchdown run and Daniel Graham caught an 18-yard scoring pass.
A third reason to think the Broncos can keep rolling is their schedule. No, there are no easy wins in the NFL. But it’s pretty clear that the Broncos early season schedule was tougher than many of us originally thought it would be.
Buffalo is solid, Jacksonville is really good, Indianapolis…need I say more?, Green Bay has lost just once, San Diego is still tough, and Pittsburgh and Detroit are definitely good teams.
Now look at the teams left on the schedule.
- Chicago…the Bears are not nearly what they used to be on both sides of the ball.
- Oakland…have to beat the Raiders if a team has playoff aspirations.
- Kansas City…all kinds of problems for the Chiefs…and it’s a home game for the Broncos.
- Houston and San Diego…certainly difficult road games, but winnable.
- Minnesota…if a playoff berth is on the line in the regular season finale, one would think the Broncos could beat the Vikings.
My point is not that I think the Broncos will win the rest of their games. My point is that when the Broncos execute, they are a good team. If they play well down the stretch, they could very well find themselves in the playoffs.
What do you think will happen over the final six games? I’d love to get your thoughts.
Thanks for reading.