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Could Indy’s bad Luck ultimately be the Broncos’ gain?

It’s a gut-wrenching bit of news, and we hope the best for Andrew Luck in his future, but the contention window just opened a bit wider for the Broncos, and they must take advantage of it.

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In this week’s podcast, we discuss the Denver Broncos’ fourth preseason game and which players improved their chances of making the team and which may have lost their last opportunity to wear the orange and blue this September.

A surprise defender was the best player on the field and a few rookies flashed in what turned out to be an ugly grind-it-out affair in L.A. Who looked good and who didn’t and why did the L.A broadcasting team nearly have to control their laughter when talking about the arm strength of a certain Broncos’ QB? We discuss it all on the “Broncos & Bratwurst” podcast.

In other news, the great Andrew Luck has retired from the NFL after years of painful injuries that took away the joy he felt while playing football. The guy is one of my absolute favorite players in all of sports, and I’m legitimately upset at the news.

Still, this is a competitive sport and as Colts fans collectively lose their minds, we must realize that it’s a boon for our team and for the entire AFC. His departure leaves a gaping hole in the conference, and when Tom Brady is finally put out to pasture - maybe in 2025 - the Broncos will have a window of opportunity to grab a position as a top team.

Though Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson and Baker Mayfield won’t likely call it quits anytime soon, Denver must do whatever it takes to fight its way back to becoming an elite team in the NFL.

The window isn’t open in 2019, and I have our team winning seven games thanks to a brutal schedule, a new scheme, an underwhelming QB and a very questionable offensive line. Though we might have a tough season as fans this year, the future could be bright as the AFC opens up, Vic Fangio continues to be a boss, the defense could be great and the offense has some very talented skill players who could show up with the right guy behind center.

Next week we will discuss what the Broncos should do if they start the first eight games in 2019 with a record below .500 and why we should look at what is happening in Miami and try to do exactly the opposite of everything the Dolphins do.

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