Annnnnndddddd...WIN No. 1 is in the books.
How’s that W taste, Broncos Country?
For the seventh consecutive season, the @broncos eat the W in Week 1. pic.twitter.com/hYnb6bmfuD— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) September 10, 2018
Yep, pretty damn good.
It was a typical Broncos game in that it came down to the wire, and it was the defense that had to hold on for the victory, but for the first time in many, many games, there was confidence that the offense - even in spite of mistakes - could win this.
And it did.
With the help of a bunch of new guys as well as some spectacular veterans.
Case Keenum found Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas, Courtland Sutton, Phillip Lindsay, Devontae Booker, Jake Butt and Jeff Heuerman open to pull down 329 offensive passing yards, while Lindsay and Royce Freeman racked up more than 140 rushing yards combined.
It was finally an offense - not to mention an offensive line - to scream about. “Let’s GO BRONCOS!”
LET'S GO, #BRONCOS@ESanders_10 was 'd up after that W! pic.twitter.com/kiuC3E1uD3— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) September 10, 2018
It wasn’t all pretty as Keenum threw three interceptions that did not instill confidence in some.
Especially one guy known for bad takes.
Seriously if this offense and Keemun don’t get better and more efficient Swag Kelly is an option. I’m not saying right now but Keemun has got to be better and he’s got to take care of the ball. You can’t turn the ball over #Broncos #SEAvsDEN— Brandon Stokley (@bstokley14) September 9, 2018
But that guy also once thought THIS guy should be traded:
Another sack by Von Millerpic.twitter.com/j7hiqrVnVK— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 9, 2018
Who ALSO did this:
Dang Von Miller just stole that kid's lunch moneypic.twitter.com/Kpve7HzPHr— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) September 9, 2018
Sackmaster Von Miller finished with three sacks - his most ever in one game - two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Basically, a pretty good game.
In 2018, Von Miller's on pace for...— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) September 9, 2018
64 QB hits
32 tackles for loss
To add a cherry on top of this beautiful cake, Justin Simmons and Adam Jones came down with a pick each while Brandon McManus nailed two field goals, both beyond 50 yards, including a 57-yarder.
The turnovers were costly but the good news is that the offense and defense are good enough to overcome them.
As you can imagine, the players felt pretty good about the day’s effort too.
It wasn't easy and it wasn't pretty AND personally I need to play better, but we did get the WIN! Thank you #BroncosCountry for showing out in the stadium!! Best fans.— Justin Simmons (@jsimms1119) September 10, 2018
Great Win!! #BroncosCountry— Phillip Lindsay (@I_CU_boy) September 10, 2018
Great start to the season! Proud of my team and the way we played today. Thanks for the support #BroncosCountry! On to the next.— Garett Bolles (@gbolles72) September 10, 2018
Great team win today! There’s no better feeling than taking that field with my brothers— jbooty (@JakeButtTE) September 10, 2018
Victory mood. pic.twitter.com/De9cXDNE0h— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) September 10, 2018
Y’all see my @Broncos got off to a great start of the season w that W. Let’s go!! #orangeandblue— Chauncey Billups (@1MrBigShot) September 9, 2018
God is good!! felt good to be back on the field... 1-0 #broncos— Ronald Leary (@BigLeary65) September 10, 2018
1-0 feels so good!— Todd Davis (@BamBamDavis51) September 10, 2018
Huge team win today! Broncos country showed out✊ ✊ ✊ #giddyup— Adam Gotsis (@gotsis96) September 10, 2018
Great Win today !! broncos Love at #broncoscountry y’all were so loud today !! We just getting started !! Thank you Lord God bless Working https://t.co/MFCPvUlYhC— Domata Peko (@DomataPeko) September 10, 2018
Hmm 6 sacks today... I’d say we got it done https://t.co/IbwEhXgbWv— D-Ware (@DeMarcusWare) September 10, 2018
MVP! MVP! MVP! https://t.co/TOQnLItfNT— Doctor of Words (and tights) (@docllv) September 10, 2018