Well, that sucked.
The Denver Broncos who came into this game winning six out of their last seven games were blown out on Saturday night on the road vs. the Detroit Lions. This loss knocked them back to .500 with a record of 7-7 as they continue to fight for their postseason lives.
As for the winners and losers, there are very few winners in this one since it was a disappointing blowout loss. However, there will be a long list of losers since the Broncos were outplayed, out-coached, and looked like the team that started 1-5 and not the team that has gone 5-1 since then.
Nobody: You can make a case for a few players, including Jerry Jeudy, Cortland Sutton, and Lil Jordan Humphrey who caught a touchdown pass, but I am going with nobody.
As I said above, the Broncos were out-coached and outplayed by the Lions and they just looked flat all game and it showed on the field and on the scoreboard. We had costly penalties, poor blocking, and on defense, they played their worst game since the 70-point effort in Miami.
With a playoff spot on the line in a tight AFC postseason race, a loss like this makes you wonder if they can win out and make the playoffs.
Broncos defense: This was their worst effort since Miami. They had no answers for the high-powered powered speedy Lions offense. Jared Goff threw for 5 passing touchdowns, they allowed nearly 200 yards on the ground and allowed Liona receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown to top 100 yards.
The Lions dominated on offense and were routinely beaten by Lions rookie playmakers RB Jahmyr Gibbs and TE Sam LaPorta. They did not force any meaningful turnovers and their weaknesses were exposed by the Lions' offense.
Disappointing effort and one that makes you wonder if the Broncos are a playoff team or not.
Broncos running game: The Broncos could not get anything going on the ground. Part of the problem was the blocking and the Lions' defense but outside of some garbage time stat padding, they struggled on the ground.
With Russell Wilson as your quarterback, you need a strong run game to set up the play-action passing game, but they did not have that in this one. Just a disappointing overall effort.
Coaching: I am going to bundle all of them in one. They were outcoached and looked unprepared to take on this Lions team. They looked flat, did not play with that fire we saw during their winning streak and we saw some questionable overall coaching.
Sean Payton failed to challenge two plays that looked like touchdowns and then kicked a meaningless field goal instead of going for it on fourth down. As for Vance Joseph, his defense was outcoached all game. No answers for anything the Lions did. This looked like the defensive effort we saw during the fire Vance Joseph days.
Everyone else: I could break it down unit by unit but that will only raise my blood pressure so I am going to sum it all up here.
This was a top-to-bottom team loss. From coaching to the last player on the roster. Out coached, outplayed, and were embarrassed on the national stage with a postseason spot on the line.
Sure, most people assumed this would be a tough game and probably a loss, but a blowout to a team that just lost to the Bears a week prior? Unacceptable. After this performance, it is hard to make a postseason case for them.
Just an overall disappointing loss that wasted a lot of our Saturday Nights. Hopefully, the bounce back and play with a fire lit under their ass on Christmas Eve night at home in their throwback jersey’s vs. the New England Patriots.
Oh yeah, the refs: What was this shit?