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Is Denver’s first loss an anomaly or harbinger of things to come?

On one hand, it is just one game. But then you look at the schedule and see what looms for the Broncos.

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There is no more appropriate term than “overreaction Monday.”

Fans and media for all 32 teams take what they saw the day before and blow it up. Whether good or bad, it’s the nature of the beast that is the NFL.

Such is the case for the Denver Broncos on this Eeyore-esque Monday after their first loss of the 2018 season. Was the showing and outcome against the Baltimore Ravens an anomaly or a harbinger of things to come? This was the dilemma Adam Malnati and I tackled on the latest MHR Radio Podcast.

On one hand, it is only one game. The Broncos are still 2-1, and they historically don’t play well in Baltimore. Denver is now 1-5 in the Charm City against the Ravens. Then you throw in the weather, Ray Lewis Day, inconsistent officiating, mistakes, turnovers, penalties, bad situational football and an opponent that capitalized on all of it … it was just a shitty day. It happens. It is, after all, a week-to-week league. Teams do their best to not get too high with the wins, too low with the losses.

Or is it just one game?

As we said on the podcast, this doesn’t feel like one game. It’s not that the Broncos lost, it’s how. The same issues we were prey to last season reemerged on Denver’s face. Right there on its nose. Obvious and uncomfortable. That’s why this feels like a terrible sequel no one in Broncos Country wants to see, and over the last few years, we’ve seen some awful sequels — namely the second seasons of True Detective and Goliath.

Perhaps there is some PTSD clouding the judgement of Broncos Country and we need to give it some time. See how Case Keenum and the Broncos respond to this hiccup.

But then you look at the schedule and see what looms for Denver. In two of the next three games, it plays host to the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams. Given how the Broncos looked on the road in Baltimore, the New York Jets is no guaranteed win either. But those two games in particular against the Chiefs and Rams will tell us a lot about this team. When you take a more expansive look at what looms for Denver, a 2-3 record in the next five games is the best case scenario. The Broncos would enter the second half of the season at 4-4 and in a position to battle for the wildcard. That’s if they beat the Jets, and is anyone confident that happens at this point?

In the meantime, we’re all left to wonder if this loss to the Ravens was an anomaly or a harbinger to another terrible sequel. Welcome to overreaction Monday.

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