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Broncos at Rams: Preseason agony in four quarters

Forget that the Broncos lost, fans that endured that football-ish awfulness are the real losers.

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We’ve heard it a million times: The third week of the preseason is the dress rehearsal for the regular season. I get it, because Denver played in the Hall of Fame Game on August 1st, their third week of the preseason actually took place during week 2 for the rest of the league. Lucky us.

Sure, against the 49ers in Denver, the starters did play for a bit and on defense they looked terrific. It felt good to see Jimmy Garoppolo go 1/6 for 0 yards and an interception, but for as good as that was, before we could enjoy it, we were thrust back to the grind of below average exhibition play.

Saturday night’s Broncos sizzle-reel highlights? David Williams broke a 20-yard run, Juwann Winfree had a 19-yard reception, and Brandon McManus kicked two field goals. Defensively, there were 4 tackles for loss, 2 passes defended, and 3 hits on the quarterback. Three hours of your life for that?

I felt awful for the Broncos fans in the stands who paid good money for tickets, drove through rush hour traffic on Los Angeles freeways, and paid a fortune to park, only to be presented with that football-ish abomination up close. I’d be mad as hell.

Folks, we are 4 quarters shy of the 20 quarters the NFL gave the Broncos to assess the ability of of the talent on the roster. Figuring out how to shorten this antiquated exhibition system needs to be a primary concern. Those empty seats should he hint enough that fans deserve better. Empty stadia are fine for baseball, but this is the NFL. It can do better than this.

But wait, there’s more!

If you thought Saturday’s game was unwatchable, just wait for Thursday. Game 5 at Mile High against the Cardinals bodes to be a more relaxed, toned-down version version of the Rams game, but without all the fireworks of those jaw-dropping, heart-pounding plays previously mentioned.


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