In the immediate elation of a victory as dramatic as the Broncos’ 35-24 win over the Chargers on Monday night, reverting to hyperbole is both predictable and understandable. By any account, Denver’s win was as amazing as it was improbable.
Calling it the one of the greatest comebacks in Broncos’ history is absolutely accurate.
Monday night, the Broncos tied the franchise record of rallying to win a game in which they trailed by 24 points.
The Broncos also tied the NFL record for largest deficit overcome in a road game.
The Broncos set a team record for most points in a half (35 in the second half).
In the big picture, the records are historical footnotes that confirm what an incredible job the Broncos did in rallying to defeat the Chargers.
In the more immediate context of this season, the win puts the Broncos in position as the frontrunner to win the AFC West.
The win enabled the Broncos to tie the Chargers for first place in the division. They have made it through a really tough first six games with a .500 record. And most importantly, they are playing better.
This last point is the most important. While much work still remains to be done, the Broncos are making plenty of progress.
Quarterback Peyton Manning has thrown for 300 yards or more in the last four games. He has 11 touchdown passes and one interception over that span. More importantly, I believe he will continue to get stronger as the season goes along.
The defense forced six turnovers and scored two touchdowns against the Chargers. It is too early too call it a pattern but it is certainly an encouraging sign.
Young players are emerging. Defensive backs Chris Harris and Tony Carter made major contributions in the win over the Chargers. Running back Ronnie Hillman is working his way towards more playing time, as is linebacker Danny Trevathan.
All of this bodes well for the Broncos, who play in a division without a dominant team. No division game will be easy, but at the same time, there is no team that has emerged as elite in the AFC West. Provided they stay healthy, the Broncos are the team to beat in the division.
And there is no reason to think they won’t get even better when they come back from the bye week.
For now, though, sit back and take some to soak in a win for the ages. Then buckle up for what could be a fun ride the rest of the season.
With the bye this weekend, what are your thoughts about where the Broncos stand after six games? Thanks for reading and sharing.