It is official: the Broncos are average. A 4-4 record qualifies as such. At times, they have been really good this year. At other times, they have been on the other end of the spectrum.
Sometimes they have been just good. At other times, well, they have not.
When you shake everything out at the halfway mark of the season, the Broncos’ pluses have about equaled out to the minuses.
There is no doubt that the Broncos’ defense played one of its better games in the 26-17 loss to Miami on Sunday. Denver kept Miami out of the end zone until the Dolphins’ final 80-yard drive. That was a doozy of a possession to be sure but the defense played well enough for the Broncos to win the game.
The offense continued to be generous, committing three turnovers and continuing the trend that has seen the Broncos be their own worst enemy. In four losses, Denver has turned the ball over 15 times. Ouch.
Injuries have undoubtedly contributed to the offensive slump. When a team misses players such as Tony Scheffler, Eddie Royal, Brandon Stokley, Selvin Young at various times, it is bound to have an impact.
The defense has been hit, too, with Champ and Boss Bailey getting hurt and Elvis Dumervil playing with a broken finger early in the year.
That impact is greater for the Broncos, who early in the season showed that, more often than not, the pass would set up the run. They tried to run first against Miami but the Dolphins bottled it up and some costly turnovers were one reason Denver couldn’t get into a rhythm.
When the offense was rolling to start the season, the defense struggled. Now, the defense seems to have figured some things out but the offense is stuck in low gear. To this point, the Broncos have yet to play consistently well on both sides of the ball and one can’t blame the injuries. For many reasons, they simply haven’t played well.
While their 4-4 record is good enough to keep them in first place, the Broncos have their work cut out for them if they are to stay there.
The Broncos have lost four of their last five games. Five of the final eight games are on the road. The injuries keep coming with D.J. Williams and Marlon McCree getting shaken up against the Dolphins.
The Broncos have turned the page on the first half of the season. The second half begins Thursday night in Cleveland and the Broncos are desperate to rewrite the script from the first three weeks: winning.
What must they do to get that done?
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