The facts cannot be ignored:
–The Broncos committed three turnovers against the Jaguars and failed to convert a fourth-and-one situation.
–The defense allowed Jacksonville two relatively easy (and long) touchdown drives in the third quarter.
–The Broncos committed a couple of costly, not to mention controversial, penalties.
–The Broncos came up short and lost to Jacksonville. We have talked in the past about the bottom line. It holds true here.
But before you throw up your hands in utter frustration, consider a few more facts:
–The Broncos were without a handful of key offensive contributors, including Eddie Royal, Tony Scheffler, Selvin Young and Brandon Stokley, who left in the first half after taking a blow to the head. Defensive linemen Ebenezer Ekuban and Josh Shaw were also inactive.
–Running back Michael Pittman showed there is plenty of gas left in his tank. He bulldozed his way to 109 yards and brought some toughness to the ground game.
–The Broncos defense stiffened and came up with some big stops to give the offense a chance in the fourth quarter.
–Despite their mistakes, the Broncos still had a really good opportunity to at least tie the game in the fourth quarter.
No, I am not pretending the mistakes and stretches of poor play on both sides of the ball didn’t happen. But I am saying that all is not lost.
The Broncos are still 4-2. They will be getting key guys healthy. And of all the things that are easily improved, turnovers are probably at the top of the list.
At the beginning of the season, I thought the Broncos were a good, solid football team that had a chance to make the playoffs. No doubt they are a work in progress, but what NFL team isn’t? The Broncos have a good record and they are right in the thick of things.
The Patriots are next. Obviously, this is not the same team without Tom Brady. The Broncos have won five of the last six meetings against the Patriots overall and five of the last six in Foxboro dating back to 1991.
I believe the Broncos will continue to improve against the Patriots. And I believe they will do so while winning.
Despite the loss, where did you see progress against the Jaguars? Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts, too.
Have a great week,