Let’s flashback real quick. It’s week six, the Denver Broncos fell to a 1-5 record after losing to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football. This loss comes a few weeks removed from them losing by 50 to the Miami Dolphins in a game where they allowed 50 points. Media and fans were calling for Vance Joseph to be fired and Sean Payton’s reputation was being dragged through the mud.
Things were rough and we all began looking towards 2024 and potentially “tanking” for Caleb Williams or Drake Maye in the draft. We as a fan base hit rock bottom and it appeared we were in the midst of yet another lost season.
Then it all changed.
The following week, they hosted the Green Bay Packers and came out victorious in a close game that came down to the final minutes. Something that would become a theme for this Broncos team moving forward. No one seemed too thrilled about this win because a decent number of this fan base was eyeing one of the prized quarterback prospects in the draft, but overall, no one viewed this as the beginning of what would be a season-changing win streak.
Broncos have now beat the Packers, Chiefs, Bills, Vikings, and Browns during this five game win streak.— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) November 26, 2023
They're legit guys.
The momentum of this win streak really began that following week when they hosted Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs and finally came out victorious by the score of 24-9. They finally ended their lengthy losing streak to the Chiefs and finally slayed the beast of Patrick Mahomes whom up until this point, they never defeated. This victory got all of Mile High buzzing as this team headed towards the bye week, ended any and all “fire sale” talks, and set their sights on Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills.
Can the Broncos keep this up? That was the question asked by many Broncos fans as the media and experts continued to overlook this team as they traveled east to take on the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football. In this instant classic thriller, the Broncos slayed another AFC contender and came out victorious over Josh Allen and the Bills to improve their record to 4-5. Winning a tough game on the road is impressive and the Broncos defense really stepped up in front of the nation and showed they are a different unit than the one that gave up 70 to Miami.
Now with the Broncos eyeing a .500 record, which seemed crazy to think about a month ago, they hosted the hottest team in the NFL, the Minnesota Vikings, and quarterback Josh Dobbs. They were in the midst of a five-game winning streak and looked to extend that streak with a victory over the Broncos. Well, that did not happen and the Broncos left this game victorious with yet another thrilling win and left as the new hottest team in the NFL. They won their fourth straight game, moved to a 5-5 record, and firmly put themselves into the AFC postseason conversation.
“Playoffs? We’re talking playoffs?” Yes, yes we are.
Now, this past Sunday, they hosted the 7-3 Cleveland Browns who have the league’s best defense and looked primed to stop the Broncos win streak. As we saw. that did not happen and the Broncos outplayed the Browns and had one of their best showings of the season in this one. This win moved them above .500 and right on the edge of being into the postseason.
This win streak has been impressive for the Broncos. These wins have come against legit teams and not just bottom-tier teams. They have defeated the reigning Super Bowl Champs who appear to be contenders for that title yet again this season. They beat another AFC favorite in Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills on the road in primetime. Came out victorious against the buzzsaw that was Josh Dobbs and the Minnesota Vikings and defeated the Cleveland Browns and their top-ranked defense in a game where they put up 29 points on the board.
This team looks legit, this winning streak IS legit and it just feels so damn good to finally write about a good football team again. They have yet another tough test coming up this upcoming weekend when they travel south to take on the breakout rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud and the Houston Texans who are in the same boat as the Broncos. Both teams are 6-5 and are knocking on the door of the AFC wildcard.
This will be a “must win” game for both teams and hopefully, the Broncos can add the Texans to their list of impressive victories during this winning streak.