Fellow Bronco Country,
I've always been a die-hard Bronco fan and active reader of this blog. Yet, I never actually bothered creating a profile to post or comment til a few days ago, whether that stems from laziness or the fact that my loyalty to this site ebbs and flows with the Broncos outcomes on Sundays is beyond me. In any case, given I'm an aspiring journalist I thought I might give it a whirl and whip an article up... So, without further adu, here you are.
For the first time in over a decade our beloved Broncos enter each contest with an unwavering expectation of victory, our defense has solidified itself as a top five unit, with the potential (when ahead) to outright decimate opponents, and our offense has #18 under center. Yet, week in and week out the embrace for debate pins the optimists against the pessimists amongst Bronco fans in the wake of our victories. If there's one thing we should understand, especially given the McDaniels era, it's that victories in the NFL are hard to come by (much less an early December Thursday night inner-division game played in the largest hell hole of America), and often few and far between. Yet, I can already see the doubters wasting Fox for not reverting to Josh Mac/ Belicheck styles of play (i.e. running up the score), or for Manning throwing another red zone INT, or for o-line not protecting enough. The reality is, we physically dominated the Raiders offensively, defensively, and in the kicking game. The Raiders had a lot to play for tonight given the circumstances surrounding Dennis Allen, and from the first drive the Broncos cemented the victory. Sure, things could have gone perfect, but that's never going to happen. The Dolphins aren't remembered for how they went undefeated, but rather that they did. Come playoff time, sure they're going to have to dig deep and twist the knife. But tonight, why not work on the run game? They'll need that too come playoff time. The last two games Peyton has effectively shut any hopes for victory down with game capping drives, Fox has faith. I think we should too.