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Doubters, not Brock Osweiler, should fuel the Broncos on Monday Night

The return of Osweiler will continue to get the attention, but the need to end the two-game losing streak should be Denver's drive. Also make sure to listen to Adam Malnati and Ian St. Clair on the MHR Radio podcast.

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Good morning, Broncos Country!

If there is any question how motivated the Denver Broncos defense is right now, Brandon Marshall removed all doubt.

"We know Brock (Osweiler)," the Broncos linebacker said earlier this week. "He came from here and we just want to kill him. That’s what we want to do."

There could have been a more PC way of saying that, but I’m one who loves the intensity and emotion. Football players will look for any way to get an advantage, and, if the return of Osweiler does that, for this defense, bring it on.

Yet at the same point, this defense should find motivation from the doubters, which is what Adam Malnati and I talk about on the Mile High Report Radio podcast. As was the case a season ago, the questions have returned for this unit and team. When you’re in the midst of a two-game losing streak, that’s bound to happen. When a defense has allowed five-of-six teams to score points on game-opening drives, four that were over 70 yards for touchdowns, it’s inevitable.

No question there are areas that Denver’s defense needs to shore up, but this is still the best defense in the NFL. Let’s not get carried away or lost in the hyperbole based on two games. Yet as mentioned earlier, the doubt has crept back in. People have started to say "this defense isn’t as good as a season ago."

Perhaps it’s not, but it’s still just Week 7. The Broncos still lead the league in sacks, quarterback hits and only allow 18 points per game. For some perspective, last year’s historic defense allowed 18.5. There’s still a lot of football left and a lot of the 2016 story to get written.

The focus has and will remain on the return of Osweiler. Broncos Country and Denver’s defense wants to "kill him."

The Broncos should get motivation from the need to end a two-game losing streak.

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NFL Tracks

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