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Broncos' loss to Colts: Wake-up call or proof Denver's overrated?

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Photos, video below.
The Broncos' 39-33 defeat to Indianapolis last night was undeniably gut-wrenching. But did it come from out of the blue? Not if you've been paying attention.

Over the past few weeks, Denver's been flirting with catastrophe on a regular basis, only to survive with their impressive regular-season winning streak intact. Now, given the first loss of the season, we've got to ask: Has Denver been overrated all along, with fans and prognosticators alike overlooking obvious flaws? Or was this simply a wake-up call?

As has been especially clear in wins over the Cowboys and the Jaguars, but pretty plain during prior weeks, too, Denver's defense is extremely vulnerable to a decent quarterback given the dearth of a consistent, effective pass rush -- and Indy's Andrew Luck certainly deserves that descriptor, despite his only adequate neckbeard. So after rushing three consecutive times on their opening possession without gaining ten yards, the Colts wisely concentrated on moving through the air from that point forward -- and move they did.

Granted, there didn't seem to be any reason to panic early -- not with the Broncos scoring a quick TD on a two-play, under-one-minute drive cashed in with a touchdown to Eric Decker.

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But shortly thereafter, gifted fumble machine Trindon Holliday coughed up the ball on a kickoff return, leading to a recovery by Sergio Brown.

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No, what initially seemed like a Brown touchdown was taken off the board. But the next play, Luck took advantage of Holliday's gift with a TD strike to Darrius Heyard-Bey.

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Things only got worse from there -- and we're not only talking about the Robert Mathis sorta-sack that resulted in a safety:

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After Luck hit tight end Coby Fleener....

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...the score was 26-14 with only seconds to go until halftime, leaving Manning with nothing to do other than take a humiliating knee and head to the locker room down by a dozen.

The situation improved in the second half, but not quickly or completely enough.

Continue for more about the Broncos-Colts game, including additional photos and a video.



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Quantaray
Quantaray

It's easy with the local and national media getting carried away, but the team knows and everyone in the NFL knows that no one is going to make it an easy win.  With a weakened O line and Manning getting some hard blindside hits every game, he could be out with an injury in one play.

Julius Thomas is such a specimen as a TE, but can't SOMEONE teach the man to pass block?

Also, the WRs have to stop whining for flags and start delivering blows themselves. Get separation quickly to keep Manning on his feet for crying out loud!   It sounds so easy, but of course there are 11 guys on the other side who are just as determined to sack a future Hall of Famer . 

Joseph Chek
Joseph Chek

Yeah 6-1 is overrated.... It's not even halfway through the damn season people.

Joe Flip
Joe Flip

Sherry,it takes one to know one.

Joe Flip
Joe Flip

this is why you need gun control laws in Colorado.Denver kept shooting themselves in the foot

Christopher Johnston
Christopher Johnston

They lose one game and suddenly you doubt how amazing the home team is? Damn, that is some cynical reporting.

Matthew Watson
Matthew Watson

Um...I blame the Pittsburg Steelers! Really? I blame the Indianapolis Colts...well, them and the Denver Broncos...oh, and Jay Cutler..it's all his freaking fault!

Ryan Bauer
Ryan Bauer

Its a game relax, you win some you lose some, one loss this season so far is hardly worth getting worked up over

Adj Hernandez
Adj Hernandez

OMG, Life as we know it is OVER because our local football team lost on the road, and now has one whole loss on their record! #BeyondFirstWorldProblems

Michael Beckerman
Michael Beckerman

It's a 6 point loss. Why do you need to assign blame for that at all? If they had lost 0-6 would you also be wanting to assign blame for that too?

Ken Tucker
Ken Tucker

So... what are you disagreeing with? I said defensive issues? They do have the highest scoring offense in the league, and it's only 1 loss...

Chris TheChairman Eklund
Chris TheChairman Eklund

Although I'm a Broncos fan and I live here, I hate to say it, but you are very very incorrect. A good offense doesn't win football games, a good DEFENSE does, That's why KC is the #1 team in the country now. Great offense means NOTHING if the other team outscores you.

Sherry Halverson
Sherry Halverson

Hey Peyton, Don't listen to your old coach. He is a douche bag.

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

proof they are overrated. This is also their first game against a team with a winning record when they played them, and this is the brick they put up. I'm tired of hearing about the Broncos and how great everyone thinks they are this year when their schedule is softer than my midsection.

Scott McMahon
Scott McMahon

haha it's ONE LOSS. Better now then in the playoffs. Still one of the best overall teams in the NFL. AND that's coming from a Pats fan!

Vaios Papastergiou
Vaios Papastergiou

The team as a whole didn't finish up. You had Bailey get burned then injures, Vickerson was fucking up all night and Hillman needs to get kicked off the team. He may have speed and upside but what good is that when you can't hold on to the ball? Holliday had a couple costly plays too. Why the FUCK are you trying to field a ball inside the ten? LET IT GO! Decker played alright but he was playing "Nanny ball" trying to get interference calls instead of actually trying to catch a ball on at least a couple of plays. Orlando Franklin out didn't help either. Denver had a chance. I know he hasn't played in six game but Miller looked atrocious, uninspired and had a whopping two tackles, yet he played most of the game. I think all the emotion of returning to a place that he basically built himself, Manning, did quite well for the circumstances. Then there is Vickerson who was aweful and made bad choices at bad times. Two times, Denver couldn't convert a 3rd and 1. Unacceptable! If this team has any desire to get into the Superbowl, they better figure some shit out STAT! Because they have shown their weaknesses and Achilles heel ever since the Cowboys game on up to the game @ Colts.

Andrew Cohen
Andrew Cohen

Colts a good team???? Not sure about that

Andrew Cohen
Andrew Cohen

Payton the truth is we brought you here to win a ring or two now get her done

steppesmusic
steppesmusic

The Broncos are most definitely flawed -- they can't run the ball between the tackles, their linebackers can't cover, and the O-Line is really beat up  -- but so is every team.  The Colts are a young squad that has beaten some of the league's best already this year.  No realist thought Denver was going undefeated this season.  It was going to happen at some point, and Broncos fans should be happy it's happened as early as it has.

Aaron Duran
Aaron Duran

Team effort from the coaching staff on down. Major wake-up call to a shocked as shit establishment. Keep it upward from here and things should get back into order.

Gerri Calpin
Gerri Calpin

Wake-up fans, it was a good game in many respects and there is only one winner! Manning and company still are a great team and will put their best effort toward winning games.

Adrianna Vallejos
Adrianna Vallejos

WTF how the hell are we overrated??? We have 1 loss gezzus people come on!!!

Wendy Brashear Diggins
Wendy Brashear Diggins

One loss and suddenly we need to assign blame? Just another example of this city's football insanity. Your team is 6-1 and scored a season LOW of 33. It was a tough loss but get over it.

Taylor Andrew
Taylor Andrew

D wins championships people PLUS we are looking to have more home games in the playoffs then anyone else ha 137.5! CHIIEEEFFFS

Mark Paco Slosky
Mark Paco Slosky

The constant hysteria reporting of the sports media always trying to find an angle becomes really sad after a while. I wonder at times if Im reading or listening to the National Enquirer or Fox News. The Broncos lost one and in the end had fought back and had a chance to win in the end. That's what we should come away with. The rest of the season will take care of itself when players get healthy and we win the Super Bowl. If you seriously think the Chiefs even belong in the same sentence as Denver well as they say on ESPN "Cmon Man".

Todd Elsen
Todd Elsen

Wake up call. We can't win all of the games. Chiefs won't win all their games either. Better week 7 than in the Super Bowl.

Michael Horn
Michael Horn

I'd rather have a loss during the season, which ends up being meaningless in the playoffs. Their defense needs to improve. You can't count on Manning and the offense to put up 50 points every game and you certainly can't give up 39.

William Tanner
William Tanner

We just couldn't make it happen. To little too late. I'd say Manning, and Moreno.

Matt Corry
Matt Corry

How many teams have ever had a perfect season, and won the Superbowl? ONE! Would it have been nice if they won? Sure, but one loss is exactly that, one loss. Get over it!

Ken Tucker
Ken Tucker

Step back from the ledge... it's only 1 loss...Best offense in the NFL with some serious defensive issues...

Brian Jackson
Brian Jackson

They aren't perfect! And they're still the best team in the nfl. Calm down!

Jo Nadani
Jo Nadani

Peyton and his running backs. Got to hold on to that ball....

steppesmusic
steppesmusic

@Andrew Cohen They sure are.  Top 5 defense so far this year and the best young QB in the league.  Book another playoff appearance this year for Indy -- the team may be inconsistent, but they're real.

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