Broncos' loss to Colts: Wake-up call or proof Denver's overrated?
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.
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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.
The situation improved in the second half, but not quickly or completely enough.
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