The Denver Broncos got a good dose of reality on Sunday losing to the Super Bowl Packers 49 to 23. From start to finish the Broncos were never in the game. The Broncos defense was lit up for 509 total yards, the offense was inconsistent, the special teams were fooled, John Fox was out coached, and Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil were not enough. The previous losses proved the Broncos could hang with mediocre teams. The Packers game showed the Broncos couldn't hang with Super Bowl caliber teams.
Keep in mind, the Packers have the majority of their Super Bowl team still in tact. The same coaches, the same plays, and the same talent of players. You know the ones I am talking about; Rodgers, Raji, Matthews, and Jennings just to name a few.
The Broncos on the other hand have a new head coach, new defensive coordinator, new plays, and many new faces. Throw in the canceled off season and you have a mismatch of epic proportions and it showed in every aspect of the game.
The most interesting part of the game was watching the bloggers get extremely mad at the coaches, Orton, and each other as the game progressed. The more they scored the more upset they became. Some may not call me a loyal fan after this next statement but "seriously, did you really think the Broncos were going to win today?" Are you surprised Orton was hot and cold ? Were you surprised Vaughn, Goodman, Dawkins, and Moore got lit up by Green Bay receivers? Were you surprised Tim Tebow came in and they called a draw play? Were you surprised Knowshon Moreno would make no contribution? The reality of the matter is ,the Broncos are in rehabilitation right now. They are nowhere near the caliber of the Packers and i knew they would be beaten badly the day the 2011 schedule was announced.
On the bright side, it is just a loss and we don't have to play the Packers again this year. The Broncos are getting better in certain areas and some players are really starting to shine. Eric Decker continues to be a super star, Von Miller had two more sacks and is improving every game, Brandon Lloyd looks 100% and played a terrific game, and the offensive line did a nice job getting McGahee 100 yards. There will be brighter days ahead but don't expect them tomorrow. This team has a long way to go and will take a least another year or so to get there. Keep the faith Broncos fans and don't let it bother you too much!
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