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Broncos at .500 never felt so good

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Denver has turned a not-so-minor corner.

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With Sunday’s victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, the Broncos extended their win-streak to 3 games and brought their record to 6-6. For the first time in 7 weeks, Denver no longer has a losing record.

After the soul-crushing loss to the Jets in week 5, the third-in-a-row, .500 football suddenly felt like too lofty a goal. The secondary gave up big plays. The offense was stagnant. Playcalling was putrid. Game management was even worse. I was so heartbroken that I went so far as to say that this Denver Broncos squad had given up. The upcoming schedule loomed large before Denver and I was terrified that the Jets game was the best that the Broncos could offer. My God, could it be that the standard in Denver was slipping?

I was wrong.

With 4 games to go in the 2018 season, Denver has shot up the playoff picture and is truly a team in the hunt. I know that the Broncos have plenty of work to do to get to the postseason and there’s a good chance they falter, but all we can ask for as fans is for the team to improve from season to season. Every franchise experiences ups and downs, but the truly great NFL franchises actively work to improve their station and don’t except failure. It’s tremendously encouraging to see that the Broncos still hold to that ideal (you know, unlike the Raiders and the embarrassing tank-a-thon they have going this year).

Denver can’t go to the Super Bowl every year. I wish they could, but the league just isn’t setup for that sort of thing. In between Super Bowls, though, we need to take these moments, these win-streaks, these wins, and enjoy them for what they are. Shoot, we all know how awful losing is and if you can’t enjoy the little moments, why bother? Let’s see hold on tight and see where this ride takes us. Go Broncos.

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