One game does not make a season. But it can be cause for some concern. Such is the place where the Broncos find themselves, at least to some degree.
The bottom line is the Ravens dominated the Broncos last weekend. There is no getting around that.
But it’s one game. It’s not a trend; it’s not a pattern; it’s not necessarily the start of the Broncos’ demise. There is no need to call Chicken Little.
All together now…breathe in deeply…hold it for a moment…slowly exhale. The Broncos are still 6-1. Last I checked, that’s pretty good.
When the Broncos won six straight games to being the season, many people probably thought that would continue. But nobody who follows the NFL believes a team will go undefeated.
The Ravens simply had to win that game. They were 3-3 and had lost three consecutive games. They were at home. They have a huge road game against a division opponent (Cincinnati) on Sunday, November 8.
As a result, the Ravens played with utter desperation. The fact is it is hard to match that desperation and urgency when a team is 6-0…and on the road…and facing a talented team. Those aren’t excuses. Those are the facts of life in the NFL.
The big question now is: Where do the Broncos go from here?
I believe the Broncos will return to their winning ways. Why?
First, the fact is they lost one road game to a really good team. It seems to me the Patriots, for example, were in that position after they left Invesco Field at Mile High. Just because the Broncos lost one game doesn’t mean they’ll lose another two or three or four in a row. It also doesn’t mean a freefall is imminent.
Certainly the loss to the Ravens brought some areas to light that the Broncos need to shore up. Let’s give them the chance to show whether or not they make those improvements before assuming the season is going down the drain.
Next, the Broncos have given ample evidence that they are a good team. They won their first six games. They dominated clearly inferior teams such as the Browns and Raiders. They found ways to beat good teams like the Cowboys and Patriots. They came up with a really good road win over the division-rival Chargers. One loss, as bad as it was, doesn’t render those wins flukes.
In addition, the Broncos’ defense is still playing well. Even though the offense sputtered and put the defense in some tough spots against the Ravens, the Broncos only trailed 6-0 at halftime. It didn’t get out of hand until the fourth quarter.
Good defense keeps a team in a game. I don’t believe the Broncos’ defense is any worse than it was two weeks ago.
Also, I have to believe that with last week’s loss and the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers coming to town for Monday Night Football, the Broncos will play with higher levels of desperation and urgency this week. Doing so won’t guarantee a win but it won’t hurt.
You might as well put on your seat belt now. The season has turned interesting for the Broncos. But don’t pick up the phone just yet. Chicken Little isn’t home right now.
What do you make of the loss to the Ravens and how do you think the Broncos will respond? Thanks for reading and posting, too.