Monday, December 21, 2009

Are the Broncos Done?

Denver Broncos 2010 12x12 Team Wall Calendar
The link above is for a 2010 Denver Broncos wall Calendar. If you are a Broncos fan, you might as well start using it. Because let's be honest this year is done.

After the promising 6-0 start, the Broncs have fallen back into the form many of us expected of them. They've dropped six of eight, including Sunday's last minute loss to Oakland at Invesco. That's right with the playoffs at stake this group couldn't even put away the Oakland Raiders at Mile High.

So even if this group limps into the playoffs, and its possible. The Broncos still have a one-game lead on teams like Miami, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Houston, New York and the defending Super Bowl champs the Pittsburgh Steelers. Denver must travel to Philadelphia this weekend before wrapping up the season at home against lowly Kansas City, so the Broncos aren't out of contention yet.

But at 6-0 this team was thinking of grander things. Thinking could they make a deep run into the playoffs - possibly even a return trip to the Super Bowl. But all of those thoughts are gone now. There seems to be no chance. Just getting to the playoffs would be an accomplishment from here.

Denver seemed like they had righted the ship after dropping four straight after their bye week. But after falling in Indianapolis, they fell to the giant killer in Oakland. Inexcusable (particularly when I had them in my Survivor Pool).

So the bloom is off the rose. A consistent running game has been a problem for the Broncos. If they find a way to reestablish that late, maybe just maybe then can get things restored.  But with Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter both ailing that seems unlikely. Time to start turning the pages of those calendars to next year.

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