Given it’s the holiday season, let’s find the positives from the latest embarrassment in a season ripe with them from the Denver Broncos. Sunday’s came after a 27-11 beatdown from the Washington Redskins.
We’re one game closer to the end of the 2017 season. In a campaign that hasn’t given us much to be thankful for, this is the big one.
Despite the last two wins, the Broncos (5-10) will move back up in the NFL Draft for a better selection. As it stands now, they have the No. 7 pick. If the San Francisco 49ers beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver will move up to the No. 6 pick.
Kirk Cousins wasn’t injured, and at this point, that’s the most important takeaway from this game for the Broncos. We can throw in Von Miller and the other main players for Denver. Still, had Cousins been injured in this game, it could have been disastrous for the Broncos if John Elway chooses to go that route and sign Cousins.
Denver didn’t get shutout for the second time this season.
Isaiah McKenzie didn’t fumble.
Vance Joseph remains incompetent and wholly out of his element. The two prior games against terrible teams haven’t changed that, and another season of this garbage won’t either. Meanwhile, we also saw the customary deer-in-the-headlights look from Joseph on the sideline. His head must have still been spinning from another great week of practice. The last two weeks showed so much, right? What we saw on Sunday is a more accurate depiction of this team and Joseph.
The one negative to come out of Sunday’s game is that Pat Bowlen was not able to pass Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis for fifth-most regular-season and all time wins by a NFL owner. Bowlen currently sits at 327 regular-season wins and 348 overall victories. To get back to the positive, I would much rather the Broncos make that happen for Bowlen at home and against a longtime rival. It would be better if the game meant something, but that isn’t the way the cookie crumbled for this team.
There’s only one game left. Keep telling yourself that, Broncos Country. Let’s focus on the excitement of what Elway will do to fix this team and ensure this doesn’t happen again.
Merry Christmas, everyone.