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4 winners, 6 losers from the Broncos 28-10 loss to the Buccaneers

Another tough Broncos game to watch that ends in yet another defeat. That sounds all too familiar.

Another week, another Denver Broncos loss.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before.

After the 28-10 loss to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, the Denver Broncos have started consecutive seasons 0-3 for the first time in franchise history. It’s more awful history from a once proud franchise.

Per the usual, I’m bound to forget someone or leave them off, so please mention them in the comments.


Shelby Harris

The Broncos defensive end did a phenomenal job. The concern is that he’s working toward a huge payday and it won’t come from Denver. Harris finished the game with four tackles (three solo), two tackles for loss, two sacks and four quarterback hits. To put those numbers in perspective — Harris had all of the sacks for the Broncos, four of the six quarterback hits. Helluva day, Harris.

Tim Patrick

When you get the lone touchdown for your team, you make the winners list. Patrick had four catches for 43 yards and the touchdown at the end of the first half.

Michael Ojemudia

After his “welcome to the NFL” moment against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the rookie cornerback had a good bounce back game against the Bucs. Ojemudia finished with four tackles (three solo), and one tackle for loss. The fact he was able to respond the way he did is a positive for him and the Broncos.

Bradley Chubb

We continue to see signs Chubb is right there. He’s close to making the impact expected. As Joe Rowles points out in his 12 things we learned from Sunday’s game, Chubb looks much improved at the point of attack and doesn’t look like a liability holding the edge. He had three tackles, one tackle for loss and a quarterback hit. Chubb almost had a sack, too.



Lather. Rinse. Repeat. I refuse to call this group “special.” Like Denver with losing now, so are the teams being anything but. Speaking of which ...

Tom McMahon

When Vic Fangio decided to keep McMahon around after last season, it was perplexing. The fact we’re seeing the same crap just makes it even more confounding that McMahon is still the “special” teams coordinator.

Offensive line

That’s pretty much all that needs to be said.

Elijah Wilkinson

That’s pretty much all that needs to be said. Perhaps it’s time for Fangio and the offensive coaching staff to make a move to Demar Dotson.

Jeff Driskel

There was hope the backup quarterback could bottle what he did in the second half against the Steelers. Yeah, no. Denver’s offensive line did him no favors, but neither did Driskel with his lack of pocket awareness and holding the ball too long. Hence why we will probably get Blake Bortles on Thursday at the New York Jets.

The Broncos

For the first time in the franchise’s history it’s started back-to-back years 0-3. When we say, “stop me if you’ve heard this before,” it’s because we have. Over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. About the only hope left is the fact that Drew Lock will get back on the field. But with the way the offensive line is playing, should he?