The Broncos offense started the game hot, but turnovers, broken coverage and missed tackling did them in in the end. Denver is now 8-6 following a 41-23 loss to the New England Patriots.
Their is good news, though. The Oakland Raiders (7-7) also lost on Sunday, so the Broncos still have a one-game lead in the AFC West with remaining games against the Buffalo Bills (5-9) and Kansas City Chiefs (7-8) coming up.
The last time Denver was beaten this badly (against the Lions a few weeks ago), the team rebounded the next week with a solid performance and a victory over the Raiders. As fans, we can only hope Denver has the same kind of response this week.
Several Broncos players had good performances on Sunday, quarterback Tim Tebow had 287 yards from scrimmage and scored two touchdowns; receiver Demaryius Thomas had seven catches for 116 yards and defensive end Elvis Dumervil recorded his eight and a half sack of the season.
At the end of the day, you can never expect to win after committing over half a dozen penalties and turning the ball over three times. It will be a long week in Denver.
Here’s hoping that this humbling loss will be the wake up call perhaps we all needed. Now that we’re all back down to earth, maybe the team will be able to bounce back win a Christmas Eve victory in Buffalo Saturday.