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Broncos are ‘playing for a lot’ and they know it

Head coach Sean Payton remarks on a disappointing loss, gives outlook on rest of season.

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The Broncos held a 6-5 record coming into Sunday’s game, the same as their opponent, the Houston Texans. As the story goes, we came up on the short end of a 17-22 final score.

There are a few things to consider in this scenario: the first being how poorly our season started out versus how much of a comeback we’ve made; and the second being that we simply can’t afford to lose. These two considerations go hand-in-hand, neither excluding the other by its truth.

We are still in the hunt for a postseason, though we’re barely hanging on by a thread.

Head coach Sean Payton described the team’s play as “sloppy” throughout the majority of Sunday’s game, noting their struggles on third down.

“I don’t think we converted a third down offensively. We converted a fourth maybe,” he recalled, “But all the things we discussed coming in – we’ve been a team that has played well with the takeaways and the giveaways, but that script flipped today. We had three of them, didn’t get any.”

Payton expressed his disappointment at the explosive plays they gave up, adding that it goes back to the coaches.

“We’ve got to do a better job,” he said, “Houston, those guys earned a hard-fought win. But we didn’t play our best football, and we’re going to have to down the stretch here.”

Asked how he’s going to frame the stakes they’re up against, the coach assured that won’t be necessary. The team members know what they have to lose at this point.

“I don’t have to frame anything right now other than, man, certainly with the way the season started and then where we’re at right now, the margin for error obviously is slim, and yet we’re playing for a lot,” he admitted, “We’re playing for a lot. I think they know that.”

What’s next? We’ll be stacked up against a division rival, the LA Chargers, at SoFi Stadium. Remember that our season isn’t over yet; we just basically have to be perfect for the rest of it.