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Injuries cloud how good this Broncos team is

Injuries cloud how good this Denver Broncos team is

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Don’t hold your breath for Trevor Lawrence.

After 4 weeks of NFL football, two things have become painfully clear. The Broncos are more injured now that at any time in their history and, despite that, there are teams that are are having an even worse season.

What looked good on paper in the offseason still looks that way. As the Broncos saw in 2013 under Peyton Manning, when a team is firing on all cylinders there’s nothing anybody (except the Seahawks) can do to stop it. What should have been a youthful high-octane offensive unit comprised of Lock, Jeudy, Fant, Hamler, Sutton, Lindsay, and Gordon has been a backfiring mess of injured players. Actually, ‘backfiring’ doesn’t truly capture the mayhem of these 2020 Broncos, it’s more like an engine ejecting components or intermittently catching fire.

Looking around the league, there are teams who appear to be worse than Denver — even with the litany of injuries. Yes, I am about to trot out the short-list of teams that are worse than the Broncos right now. And yes, I understand that at 1-3, there is little standing to do so. However, with how this year has gone, we need something to be positive about, damn it! The Giants, Texans, Falcons, and Jets are all super-jealous of Denver’s one win so far. The Titans, Giants, and Jets have fewer touchdowns than the Broncos. Denver’s defense has quietly amassed 10 sacks, more than half the league (not counting teams postponing due to COVID-19). See, the 2020 Broncos may not be a complete disaster!

While watching a bunch of guys whose names you don’t recognize in place of the people we were all looking forward to seeing this year, there’s reason to be optimistic about these ‘Bootleg Broncos’. They’re not incompetent. They’re not quitters. The Broncos are in a unique position to take advantage of the adversity that this year presents to come back strong and healthy to really compete when we can all go watch them in person. It’s apparent that this may not be the Broncos year, but it may build just the character Denver needs to go forward into a successful future.


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