Just got home from work a little while ago. When I left it was halftime with Denver trailing 20-10, and I hadn't heard anything in the interim. I was oh so tempted to crack open the paper I had picked up on the way home, to see how badly the Broncos lost. Instead, I resumed watching the game, cringing at the thought of what was to follow, wondering about my own masochism for putting myself through it. Then, after trading field goals, Royal's big play. Do they have a chance? No, don't get your hopes up. It'll only hurt worse. And then the turnover. The defense actually forced a turnover. Ohmigod! And the Broncos drive down and score again. And after Cleveland scores to retake the lead, the Broncos drive down and score again, thanks to an amazing fourth down effort from Hillis.
Some post-game impressions. One, it was so good to see the Broncos, led by some of their youngest, least experienced players, pick themselves up off the ground when all seemed lost, when the season seemed to be circling the drain. Two, some of the defenders need to have stenciled on their foreheads, "Just do your damned job." Early in the game I watched Winborn come crashing in from the left, trying to get in on the play, and losing contain as the runner went thataway. Later in the game I saw Ekuban do the same thing. Just do your damned job! Three, Hillis is the real deal. So is Woodyard. So is Spencer. We already know about Royal and Clady. Ryan Harris has been solid. Moss is beginning to show signs of life. Many other young plaers are showing promise. Our recent drafting has been brilliant and we are building the nucleus of a powerful football team.
Four, much of Cutler's recent struggles and interceptions appear to be due to miscommunications with his receivers, especially Marshall, and the fault is less Cutler's than Marshall's. But it has made Cutler hesitant and less effective. Let's hope they're back on the same page and Denver's offense is back on track. Five, the scenario I casually threw out before the game, Spencer at fullback blocking for Hillis at tailback, might be surprisingly effective and not just a stopgap. Finally, six, way to go Broncos! As always, Cleveland is good for what ails us.