Hello folks! Time for another installment of "Unfinished Business". This post will cover the embarrassment of Thursday night's game against the Chargers and take a look at the Broncos' next opponent, the Houston Texans.
Chargers- Well, we folks in Broncos Country have been grousing, grumbling and bemoaning this game. Denver hosted the Chargers with the plans of taking a stranglehold of the AFC West and home-field advantage in the playoffs. They came out and performed like a bunch of braying asses. San Diego came in and out-played, out-coached, out-classed the Broncos and put a wrench into their plans for a perfect home record. Philip Rivers did nothing special, but he was efficient and effective with his passes. The rushing attack killed the Broncos' D with 177 yards on the ground. The D also gave up a ton of yards after the catch thanks to having the tackling talent of a Pop Warner team. There were too many players on the field that had no business being on the field and just enough injuries to force them out there.
Offensively, the Broncos were just offensive with only rushing for 18 yards and 2 of 9 on 3rd down conversions. That was way too much fail for my liking. Thanks to that stat, the Broncos punted four times. At least Britton Colquitt was effective, but the punt he had that was killed at the San Diego 1 was wasted by Nate Irving's offside penalty. Had he not committed the penalty, the drive would have been a three-and-out with the Chargers having to punt deep in their own territory. While the drive did not net any points, the Chargers sucked over SEVEN minutes off the clock in the second half. With TOP almost at a 2:1 ratio for San Diego, the offense was rendered impotent. Peyton Manning tried to get Denver back into the game, but was hit while throwing and led to an interception. In the end, the Chargers wanted it more and won 27-20. Denver put itself in position to blow their playoff positioning, but nothing changed thanks to the Dolphins winning over the Patriots. Now the Broncos have to win their last two games to ensure the AFC West and home-field advantage next month. With the Chiefs winning at Oakland, they have the same W-L record so Denver can't afford another letdown. With that out of the way, lets focus on the Broncos' next foe.....
Texans- Denver heads to Houston to face a Texans team that has been in complete disarray. This team was expected to compete for the AFC South and take the next step to the Super Bowl. They started 2-0 and since have lost 12 straight games, lost their best RB, their starting QB lost his mojo and head coach Gary Kubiak was fired. The Texans are now led by former Broncos, Bills and Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips. Offensively, they are led by Case Keenum who can be dangerous, but is also playing like a rookie. Their receiving corps are led by Andre Johnson and is targeted many times. DRC needs to cover him tightly if Denver's D wants to have success. Ben Tate is their primary rushing threat now and they do run the zone read. Denver needs to get the run shut off and get pressure on Keenum. Despite the fact he is a rookie, he is able to burn teams if the defense is not doing its job.
Offensively, the Broncos need to play clean, convert third downs and keep J.J. Watt from causing havoc. The running game may struggle again so Manning and the receiving corps will have to pick up the slack. While the Texans lost 25-3, they did keep Andrew Luck and the underachieving Colts to minimal yardage. While they are 2-12, this is still not a team to overlook. Many Texan players are playing for their employment next season and would love nothing more than to wreck Denver's post-season plans. With the Chiefs hanging around, Denver can't afford become the Wild Card with no home games to play. Well, that's all I have for this week and as always GO BRONCOS!!!