The Denver Broncos (6-7) are in do or die mode against the visiting Cleveland Browns (5-7-1) and must get a win at home to keep their playoff hopes on life support heading into the final two weeks of the regular season. After winning three straight, the Broncos put down an ugly effort on the road against two-win San Francisco 49ers team, which has really sucked the air out of the optimism in Denver.
Head Coach Vance Joseph is treating it as another week to recover from another disappointing outing. Getting the team motivated after a loss is something he has grown accustomed to doing.
“We’ve been here before,” Joseph said on Thursday. “We won three in a row obviously, but before that we had some hard times. Our team has practiced well all week. Everyone’s fully engaged and we’ll play our best ball on Saturday night. We have to. We have no choice.”
It’s good that the team has practiced well. They will have to contend with first-overall pick Baker Mayfield and some offensive firepower Cleveland hasn’t seen in quite a while. The game sure has the feel of one that could knock this Broncos team right out of contention for good. It’s a home game, though, and good teams don’t lose important games at home with the playoffs at stake.
Time to prove whether or not this is a good team.
Here is how to watch.
When: Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 6:20 p.m. Mile High time
Where: Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver, Colorado
Channel: NFLN / Channel 31
Announcers: Mike Tirico (play by play), Kurt Warner (analyst), and Peter Schrager (sideline).
Radio: KOA - 850 AM | 94.1 FM & The Fox - 103.5 FM | Spanish Radio KNVR 1150 AM
Denver Broncos injury report
|Chris Harris Jr.||CB||Fibula||DNP||DNP||DNP||OUT|
Cleveland Browns injury report
|Orson Charles||TE||Ankle||DNP||DNP||INJ. RESERVE|
Few franchises have been dominated by another like the Browns have been at the hands of the Broncos over the years. The Broncos are 23-5 all-time against the Browns if you include the playoffs. Since 1975, they are a whooping 22-2, with their last loss coming in the a regular season shootout in Cleveland that ended in a 30-29 win for the Browns.
Since that day, the Broncos are 11-0 against Cleveland.
In this weeks’ podcast, Ian and Adam fear Vance Joseph is leading the Broncos to more unpleasant history-making.
Broncos & Bratwurst, meanwhile, seems to want to give Vance Joseph a contract extension since most of the problems this team has is sourced from mistakes made by one John Elway.
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Broncos Regular Season Schedule 2018
|1||Sep 9||vs Seattle Seahawks||W 27-24||FOX|
|2||Sep 16||vs Oakland Raiders||W 20-19||CBS|
|3||Sep 23||at Baltimore Ravens||L 27-14||CBS|
|4||Oct 1||vs Kansas City Chiefs (MNF)||L 27-23||ESPN|
|5||Oct. 7||at New York Jets||L 34-16||CBS|
|6||Oct 14||vs Los Angeles Rams||L 23-20||FOX|
|7||Oct 18||at Arizona Cardinals (TNF)||W 45-10||FOX|
|8||Oct 28||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 30-23||CBS|
|9||Nov 4||vs Houston Texans||L 19-17||CBS|
|11||Nov 18||at Los Angeles Chargers||W 23-22||CBS|
|12||Nov 25||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||W 24-17||CBS|
|13||Dec 2||at Cincinnati Bengals||W 24-10||CBS|
|14||Dec 9||at San Francisco 49ers||L 20-14||CBS|
|15||Dec 15||vs Cleveland Browns||L 17-16||NFLN|
|16||Dec 24||at Oakland Raiders (MNF)||L 27-14||ESPN|
|17||Dec 30||vs Los Angeles Chargers||2:25 PM||CBS|