What’s the difference between 5-3 and 2-6?
Oh, only about five bad calls that put opposing teams in position for the win.
Some people get angry when I say the Denver Broncos are better than their record and while I agree they are a 2-6 football team because that’s what they are, but when I say they are better than their record I mean exactly that. They were on the receiving end of five ridiculously bad calls, where all of them resulted in helping an opponent to a game-winning score.
It is what it is. It sucks. I can still complain about it, but now it they will get a better 2020 NFL Draft pick and I am okay with that too. Let the rebuilding continue.
The Cleveland Browns are another team that has disappointed, except, unlike the Broncos, they have a purported franchise quarterback in Baker Mayfield and an arsenal of offensive weapons. The problem is, they are turnover machines tied for the third worst turnover differential at -9.
For some perspective, as bad as the Broncos offense is they are at least holding the line on the bad plays (sacks excluded) at just a -2 on the turnover differential. Defensively, the advantage is even more in favor of the home team with Denver’s defensive ranking fifth in the NFL in total yards per play. The Browns are down at 18th.
This game is clearly coming down to one man. Brandon Allen. Under Joe Flacco, the Broncos could muster just 15.6 points per game. That’s a very low bar, but if Allen ends up scoring more points and adds “turnover machine” to the list, things will likely end very badly for Denver.
Here is how to watch.
When: Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:25 p.m. Mile High time
Where: Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado
Channel: CBS / Local
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Rich Gannon (analyst) and Jay Feely (sideline reporting).
Local Radio: KOA - 850 AM | 94.1 FM & The Fox - 103.5 FM | Spanish Radio KNVR 1150 AM | National Radio - ESPN
If you see BLUE in your area below, you will get the Broncos-Browns game on CBS locally.
FuboTV (Available if being televised in your area)
NFL Game Pass (After the game)
Broncos injury report
|Todd Davis||ILB||Knee / Hip||DNP||LIMITED||FULL|
|Joe Flacco||QB||Neck||DNP||DNP||INJURED RESERVE||INJURED RESERVE|
|Corey Nelson||ILB||Biceps||DNP||DNP||INJURED RESERVE||INJURED RESERVE|
Browns injury report
|Odell Beckham Jr.||WR||Groin||LIMITED||LIMITED||LIMITED|
|Daniel Ekuale||DT||Calf||LIMITED||DNP||INJURED RESERVE||INJURED RESERVE|
|Eric Murray||S||Knee||NOT LISTED||DNP||DNP||OUT|
The Broncos are a whopping 3-point home underdog to the visiting Browns, despite both teams notching just two wins a piece this season. That was earlier in the week too. As of this writing, OddShark is reporting a 4-point spread in favor of the Browns and the public is going bonkers for Cleveland.
If there were ever a situation where one franchise basically owned the other in every way, shape, and form it would be the Denver Broncos owning the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland has six total wins against Denver in 29 tries. And three of those game in their first four games between 1970-74.
Since 1975, the Broncos are 23-3 and have won 11 of the last 12. The caveat there is that 17-16 loss at home last year. These Denver Broncos don’t seem to be the Denver Broncos we’ve been accustomed to for the last four decades.
Broncos fans continue to have little confidence in this franchise. There was a brief window of hope, but that seems like ages ago now. At 11%, there was a slight bump in confidence despite the loss last week.
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On MHR Radio this week, Adam and Ian lament the “do-nothing” approach John Elway has taken to the Denver Broncos losing streak.
Luke Patterson of Broncos on the Rox dug into Brandon Allen and what he might bring to the table in his first NFL start.
Kevin Gillikin on Broncos & Bratwurst wondered if the future is now. Will Drew Lock eventually see the field in 2019?
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Broncos 2019 regular season schedule
|1||Sep 9||at Raiders (MNF)||8:20 PM||ESPN||24-16 L||0-1|
|2||Sep 15||vs Bears||2:25 PM||FOX||16-14 L||0-2|
|3||Sep 22||at Packers||11:00 AM||FOX||27-16 L||0-3|
|4||Sep 29||vs Jaguars||2:25 PM||CBS||26-24 L||0-4|
|5||Oct. 6||at Chargers||2:05 PM||CBS||20-13 W||1-4|
|6||Oct 13||vs Titans||2:25 PM||CBS||16-0 W||2-4|
|7||Oct 17||vs Chiefs (TNF)||6:20 PM||NFLN||30-6 L||2-5|
|8||Oct 27||at Colts||11:00 AM||CBS||15-13 L||2-6|
|9||Nov 3||vs Browns||2:25 PM||CBS||24-19 W||3-6|
|11||Nov 17||at Vikings||11:00 AM||CBS||27-23 L||3-7|
|12||Nov 24||at Bills||11:00 AM||CBS||20-3 L||3-8|
|13||Dec 1||vs Chargers||2:25 PM||CBS||23-20 W||4-8|
|14||Dec 8||at Texans||11:00 AM||CBS||38-24 W||5-8|
|15||Dec 15||at Chiefs||11:00 AM||CBS||23-3 L||5-9|
|16||Dec 22||vs Lions||2:05 PM||CBS||27-17 W||6-9|
|17||Dec 29||vs Raiders||2:25 PM||CBS||16-15 W||7-9|