They struggled in Week 1 against the Chargers after starting hot then cooling off before a little luck helped them pull out the last-second win, but then the Broncos completely dominated the Cowboys at home, giving promise to being a contender not just in the AFC West but the whole NFL.
A loss to a surprisingly strong Bills team brought fans back to earth in Week 3, but buoyed by their defense, the Broncos were able to hold off a threatening Raiders team and revive talk of postseason success.
But after falling completely flat against an undermanned-yet-motivated Giants squad Sunday night, it’s hard to know where this team can go - and where it will go.
Broncos' next 3 games on the road. This is 1st time since 2000 that NFL road teams have won more times than home teams (46-44) thru Week 6.— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) October 16, 2017
Eric Goodman and Les Shapiro had an interesting conversation following interviews Sunday with an angry C.J. Anderson and a disappointed Chris Harris Jr. as they wondered whether the Broncos offense can still be good enough to beat enough teams.
“Offensively, the Broncos have played poorly in three-and-a-half games when it comes to scoring points,” Goodman said, noting poor execution and low scoring against the Bills, Raiders and Giants, amassing just 16, 16 and 10 points respectively. “What concerns me is the mental makeup.”
And even though players said practice was good and energy was high all week following the bye, not one phase of the game clicked on Sunday night.
Shapiro noted that having a bad game every now and then is going to happen. But “good teams - and definitely great teams - beat the teams they are supposed to beat.”
By all accounts, the Broncos should have buried the Giants.
But they didn’t.
Shapiro sees this as hopefully a short-term problem.
“They were bad last night. They know it. They need to fix it,” he said.
But Goodman believes this Broncos team may think it is better than it is.
“The defense is very good, but the offense is a one-trick pony,” Goodman added. “If Trevor Siemian goes out there and doesn’t play well against the Chargers, Vance Joseph has a big decision on his hands.”
And there it is - the elephant in the room.
Or at least the Brock Lobster in the room.
We made it five weeks without a quarterback controversy.
But here we are again.
So far, however, Vance Joseph isn’t publicly entertaining any such thoughts, saying only that Siemian’s decision-making has been “half and half” in his opinion.
“We have some big plays that we’ve missed and he’s made some nice plays under pressure,” the coach said Monday after watching film. “I won’t lie and tell you that it’s perfect. He understands that he has to play better in spots, we have to protect better in spots and we have to run the football better. That’s our formula.”
But when the opposing defense is flat-out telling this team that it knows how to affect Siemian, it becomes not only a game-planning issue but possibly a personnel issue.
69/116 comp/att (59.5%) 814 yards (271 YPG) 2 TDs, 4 INT— Jeffrey Essary (@JeffreyEssary) October 16, 2017
Siemian's stat line the last 3 games....
What do you think Broncos Country - with Siemian banged up and becoming more and more predictable and ineffective, and Lynch still out indefinitely (with possible surgery on the horizon), are we going to see Brock Osweiler on the field soon?
More importantly, do the Broncos need to see him on the field soon?
I can’t believe we’re back here (wait, yes I can) - Do Broncos consider a QB change if no improvement after Chargers game?
This poll is closed
Definitely. This offense can be better.
No way, fix the execution errors and roll with Trevor Siemian.
Trade for Kyle Sloter???? :)