Good morning, Broncos Country.
The Denver Broncos embarrassed themselves on national television with their sound defeat against the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football. With their meltdown at Mile High, the Broncos are now two games behind the Kansas City Chiefs in the race for the AFC West crown. It’s not an insurmountable obstacle to overcome, but it is a significant challenge nonetheless. Now, the franchise embarks on a dreadful three game road journey that will determine whether or not they are playoff contenders or pretenders.
It may not serve as the ultimate redemption for Sunday’s boondoggle, but a win against the Los Angeles Chargers this weekend would be a great remedy for getting the awful taste out of the mouths of everyone across Broncos Country. A victory on the road would bring the team’s overall record to 4-2, but perhaps most importantly, an undefeated 3-0 recorded within the division and 3-1 conference record — which at this point in time is still anyone’s for the taking. It’s not cliche to say Denver’s upcoming bout against the Chargers is a ‘must-win’ game, because it is.
On the other hand, a loss against the Chargers could send the team in a terrible downward spiral. Back-to-back losses would be catastrophic for the team, who has looked mediocre to below average in every facet of the game but defense for most of the season. Losses suck, but bad losses linger and consecutive defeats could bring about a tulmoltuous fire inside Dove Valley that the team may never be able to extinguish the remainder of the season.
After the pathetic loss to the Giants, no team remaining on the schedule can be overlooked. That sentiment rings especially true in respect to a high-flying Philadelphia Eagles squad and always tough rival in the Kansas City Chiefs who both sit atop their respective conferences at 5-1. Neither of these three road games will be easy, but how the Broncos perform in them will reveal their true character and whether or not they are destined to compete for a fourth Lombardi Trophy.
For our sake, let’s hope that the Broncos can bounce back in a big way. That starts this week against the Chargers. If they don’t escape L.A. with a victory, you might as well draw the curtain on their 2017 season because it isn’t going to get any easier from here on out.
As always, thank you for reading and here is today’s offering of Horse Tracks.
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