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Broncos could learn a lot from the Bengals

The Bengals have a team that seems perfectly suited to defeating the Chiefs and have built that team from the ground up. The Broncos should study how the Bengals did it

Kansas City Chiefs v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

While I’m not a stat geek that delves deep into DVOA, I’ve always read and linked articles when I put our daily news posts together because I feel like they do stats the right way. They try to quantify things about teams by considering all the major angles in what they do (how strong was the opponent, how good was the opponent’s offense, defense, etc).

With our Denver Broncos being a complete dumpster fire, it always warms my heart to see other teams able to stick it to the Kansas City Chiefs (their playoff loss to the Bengals was my favorite game in the past few years).

It strikes me that the Broncos’ front office could learn a lot about how to stop sucking at football by studying the Cincinnati Bengals. They’ve built that team up to be a true contender each and every game with a potent offense, an opportunistic defense, and a team that has a winning attitude.

Obviously, we can’t just make a clone of Joe Burrows appear out of thin air, but maybe it would behoove the Broncos to look at how the Bengals decided to draft Burrows. And also they should look at how they coached him up to help push him towards thriving in the NFL instead of busting out (which is historically what QBs the Broncos draft end up doing).

Broncos News

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