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A Glimmer of Hope

By Dave Bruning

The unpredictable and erratic performances of the 2010 Denver Broncos continued following the most embarrassing defeat in team history. Denver followed the pathetic loss to the Oakland Raiders by giving away victory to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL’s annual foray to London. The Broncos regrouped during their bye week, and then dismantled the AFC West leading Kansas City Chiefs 49-29.

The game against the Chiefs has ignited a glimmer of hope for the Broncos’ fans. Reality dictates another uneven performance against the San Diego Chargers in the upcoming Monday night showcase.

I think there are two incredible statistics in this NFL season. The first is Manny Pacquiao currently leads the Dallas Cowboys in victories this season at the new Cowboys Stadium, 2-0. The second is after being outscored 38-0 through most of the first half against the Raiders, the Broncos outscored the Chiefs 35-0 through most of the first half of their recent game. Perhaps it is the Mile High altitude, but you would have to sift long and hard through NFL history to find such a drastic scoring swing.

Ultimately, those two games underscore the difficulty Denver has in being a consistent football team. I did see some positives coming out of the Chiefs game and will highlight those.

• The Broncos offensive line is finally healthy. Ryan Harris returned to right tackle, Ryan Clady is stronger with each game and rookies Zane Beadles and J.D. Walton seem entrenched in the starting lineup

• The Broncos showed a semblance of a running game. They rushed for a season high of 153 yards, including the first 100-yard game of Knowshon Moreno’s professional career.

• Kyle Orton continues to play well. With better balance in the running game, his performance can actually improve, which is saying something.

• Denver seems to be slowly working rookie QB Tim Tebow into the mix with some nice results. Tebow rushed for a touchdown and threw his first touchdown pass against the Chiefs. Tebow has now accounted for 4 touchdowns on the season and appears to give the Broncos a viable, yet unconventional, goal line threat.

• The Broncos defense held Kansas City’s high powered rushing attack to 51 yards. The big first half deficit was certainly a factor. More importantly, it underscores how effective Denver can be if they score early and can dictate the pace of the game. Denver scored 21 first quarter points; they had 7 all year prior to the outburst against Kansas City.

• Denver has a favorable schedule the second half of the season and next to the NFC West, probably plays in the second worst division in the NFL. It is possible 9 wins will take the division, with 8 wins not totally unrealistic.

The Denver Broncos continue their maddening rollercoaster season with a trip to San Diego and arch nemesis, Philip Rivers. They have shown some nice resolve bouncing back from the destruction at the hands of Oakland and the disappointment of London. Their performance against Kansas City showed they can play some good football. The goal is to turn the glimmer of hope into a spark in San Diego and full-fledged fire for the rest of the season.


  1. I was going along fine here until "9 wins are possible 8 wins not unrealistic". Saying this team going 5-2 to finish is not unrealistic is unrealistic. Not impossible, but as long as we're caling for 5-2 to finish, might as well call for 7-0; home field advantage and a Superbowl win. This is not a good football team. They are to be congratulated for a good win, but one win does not a season make.

  2. 9 wins was a prediction for the winner of the AFC West, not necessarily the Broncos. As the headline suggested, I was looking for a glimmer of hope in what has otherwise been a rather dismal season