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Denver Broncos: Fan irritation replaces fervor

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It’s no longer easy to discount all the problems with the Denver Broncos.

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Six times this year, I’ve had to come up with new ways to detail how the Denver Broncos screwed up to lose and why. What was to blame this week?

Who cares?!

I’m too exhausted from all the losing to convey “putrid” in text form yet again.

I can detail ill-timed, game costing penalties, of which there was another on Sunday. We can talk about balls that inexplicably bounce off receivers’ hands in key moments, of which there were again too many. How about discussing timeouts at the end of the game that could have preserved some clock to work with when the inevitable happened? Nah. Perhaps we should discuss asinine offensive plays that, at their core, never had any prayer of moving the sticks.

But what’s the point?

The fact of the matter is that this year’s Broncos are the perfect storm of terrible. Garret Bolles isn’t good, but that doesn’t matter because Joe Flacco holds the ball too long, but who cares because OC Scangarello can’t call plays to put him in position to succeed, but that doesn’t matter because Vic Fangio can’t manage the game in key moments, but that’s not the issue because John Elway can’t draft or sign a cohesive group of guys to call a team, but really the issue could be that Joe Ellis’ isn’t accountable to anything other than a mysterious trust, of which he’s a controlling trustee.

...but please tell us more about how the Broncos are endeavoring to uphold Pat Bowlen’s proud tradition of winning. If that were truly an over-riding principle driving the operations of the Denver Broncos, things would look vastly different than they do now.

The problems with Denver are many and, as fans, there’s nothing we can do but enjoy the ride as the Broncos explore both new and familiar ways to lose winnable football games.

Forget “death by inches,” this is death by bad football bludgeoning... and it’s still October.

HORSE TRACKS

Joe Flacco: Broncos offense was 'afraid to go for it' - NFL.com
Clinging to a one-point lead, the Broncos played it conservative down the stretch of an eventual 13-12 loss to the Colts. It was too conservative for their veteran quarterback.

Angry Joe Flacco questions Broncos' playcalling in latest loss
Joe Flacco was critical of the Broncos' conservative playcalling down the stretch after a loss to the Colts.

Broncos don't do 'the things you need to do to win,' fall 15-13 to Colts
The Broncos are doing plenty of good things. But they’re still not doing enough.

Vikes' Jayron Kearse arrested on DWI, weapons charge
Vikings defensive back Jayron Kearse has been arrested on suspicion of DWI and carrying a firearm without a permit.

Adam Vinatieri earns redemption, lifts Colts with game-winning field goal
Kicker Adam Vinatieri, the NFL's all-time leading scorer, went from looking like he was about to cost the Colts another game to being the hero for them.

Bears' Matt Nagy defiant over call to kneel before field goal
Bears coach Matt Nagy said he had "zero thought" of running another play before kicking a potential winning field goal that sailed wide left.

San Francisco 49ers 7-0 for second time in franchise history
Niners rookie defensive end Nick Bosa and veteran running back Tevin Coleman stole the show on a day that San Francisco moved to 7-0 for the first time since 1990 and only the second time in franchise history.

Who could be on the move as the trade deadline nears? - NFL.com
The trade winds have already been swirling as Tuesday's deadline looms but are there more moves on the way? NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport offers the latest insights in his trade deadline primer.

Drew Brees sharp in return, leads New Orleans Saints over Cards - NFL.com
Drew Brees enjoyed an impressive return to the field on Sunday, guiding the Saints to a resounding win over the Cardinals. But as good as the QB looked, the real storyline is how much New Orleans improved in his absence, Jeffri Chadiha writes.

Bill Belichick earns 300th win as Patriots beat Browns - NFL.com
By beating the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon, the New England Patriots (8-0) are halfway to making history. Bill Belichick is already there.

What we learned from Sunday's Week 8 games - NFL.com
Happy returns! After five weeks away, Drew Brees was back in New Orleans' starting lineup as the Saints claimed their sixth straight win. Here's what we've learned so far from Sunday's Week 8 games.

NFL Trade Deadline: Eagles, Jaguars, Saints want a playmaker, and Robby Anderson is a top target for some - CBSSports.com
Leonard Williams is another Jet who could potentially be on the move

NFL Trade Deadline: Bengals, Redskins frustrating other teams with stubborn no-sell stance - CBSSports.com
Rival GMs are close to giving up on possible deadline additions such as Trent Williams and A.J. Green

Dolphins reportedly agree to trade running back Kenyan Drake - CBSSports.com
An unidentified NFL team reportedly reached an agreement with Miami to receive Drake in a trade on Saturday night

NFL Week 8 scores, highlights, updates, schedule: Watson throws TD pass after getting kicked in the face - CBSSports.com
All the best highlights from Week 8 are right here

Falcons owner says he will 'think really hard' about potential coaching changes over bye week - CBSSports.com
Arthur Blank hinted at the possibility of some major changes with Atlanta falling to 1-7

Texans star J.J. Watt out for the year after tearing muscle in chest against Raiders - CBSSports.com
The Texans star is going to miss the rest of the year