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Broncos waste another defensive performance, and potentially the season

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This is a brutal loss for Denver. With the next three games and this result, the season’s all but over.

Denver Broncos v Tennessee Titans Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Well, that was fun.

On to 2017.

Actually, it wasn’t fun in the least. Even the games the Denver Broncos won this season never fueled that much confidence. You never felt the team could do anything with it or it meant more than false hope. Nothing epitomized that more than Sunday’s 13-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans. More false hope.

Make no mistake: This is a brutal loss for the Broncos (8-5). Even had they won today, making the playoffs would have been a stretch. But with the last three games this team has, the season is all but over. I get some in Denver’s “Lego Land” will still say “Everything is awesome” and “They’re not out of it until they’re out of it.” Those people need to wake up. This team has done nothing this season to show it is capable of that; let alone against the next three opponents.

Yet again, the Broncos defense did everything it could to keep the offense in a game it had no business winning. We see, yet again, what happens when this inept, inconsistent and rank offense doesn’t get points from the defense. An offense that scores 10 points isn’t good enough and won’t win games in the NFL. Period. Let alone games in December that are basically playoff games.

Most will focus on the offensive stats as some sort of glimmer of hope, but they don’t mean shit when a team loses. Remember the false hope? There it is again.

The only stat that matters is points, and Denver didn’t score nearly enough to beat the Titans (thanks, John Madden). Whomever you want to blame, it doesn’t change the fact that this offense is bad. Though, this same offense did score 13 points a week ago against a much better defense in a win, the stats just weren’t as good. So maybe good stats are OK when the Broncos lose. Denver had no business being in this game and even having the chance to win it, if not for that great defense.

A great defense that gets wasted. And that, above everything else, is what makes this so infuriating. At the same time, it should not have come as a surprise.

We should have seen this coming. We should have expected this.

We should have seen that this team was hanging on by a string and the rope was about to snap.