The Denver Broncos (6-7) had opened 4.5-point favorites at home over the Cleveland Browns (5-7-1), but that was before one team had an ugly loss to a bad team and the other an impressive win over an average team. Now the line stands at a mere 3-points in favor of the home team, which is basically even.
Rookie Baker Mayfield is having some quality performances since the Browns ousted head coach Hue Jackson, which should pose some problems for the Broncos defense. On the other side, Case Keenum needs to lead the offense to more points. The lack of points is what has kept the Broncos from winning games this season.
“We’re at that point in the season where we’ve got to make plays and we’ve got to score points,” Keenum said on Tuesday. “I think that’s our best defense, us going out there and scoring points—it’s when those guys are on the sideline. I’ve said that before and I can’t get caught back there with the ball in my hands. I’ve got to give guys chances down the field. It looks different on different plays, but in general, that’s a good mindset to have. I think being smart with the ball, continuing to be smart with the ball, but giving guys chances when we feel like it’s a good matchup or advantageous time to take a shot or take a chance down the field.”
Something has to give, because the consistency just hasn’t been there all season long and the Broncos cannot afford to lose another home game.
Kickoff is set for 6:20 p.m. Mile High time on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. The game will be called by Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Kurt Warner (analyst), and PEter Schrager (sideline reporting).