How many do the Broncos need to win by tonight in order for you to consider it a satisfying victory? This game is, by some pundits accounts, the Broncos biggest test, although the evaluation of what that means changes week to week based on how teams continue to play -- which is kind of silly as all teams shift week to week based on injuries, improvements or lack thereof. Reading Woody Paige's column this morning I was struck by what I continue to hear as a misnomer or at the least sleight of hand in the stats to make things appear more dire than they are with these Broncos: the dreaded "last in pass yardage" stat. Combine that with "29th in points allowed" and a microscope and you've got damn-near panic!
But then there's another factor that's so base it shocks me it's left out of the conversation (or at least spoken far less quietly). Points scored - leading to point disparity. And the Broncos are...Number one. Number one. The Broncos, averaging 44.2 per game, are nearly two touchdowns better than the next team overall, and 18 better than their played opponents this season. If winning by between 14-18 points per game isn't enough for some fans, I suggest said fans are setting their expectations in Madden Fantasy instead of NFL reality. This is a team sport. The coaches, players and FO get that. They work to complement each other to win the game that's in front of them that day. Next week? That's next week. Playoffs? That's further down the road. Super Bowl? Even further. Take care of now.
And please - save the cries of: "But isn't it fair to criticize?!" Sure. Of course. In reason. Accepting all the numbers in the argument instead of the spare few to make a skewed point - criticize away. They ain't perfect (except for their record), but they don't need to be. The goal is the Super Bowl. Tonight marks the closest the D will be to what it was put together to be. Not perfect, but there should be improvements. Will those improvements be enough for fans? How many do they have to win by tonight?