When the Broncos dropped their eighth consecutive game and the playoffs moved far out of reach, the momentum in Denver shifted in a way few could have imagined. Their season was unofficially over. Their sixth losing season in the Pat Bowlen era was officially in the books and was undeniably an embarrassment.
But the players — the coaches, too — felt they had plenty to prove in the final four games.
“We can’t put bad film on tape for nobody, because there’s going to be a change,” receiver Demaryius Thomas said last week. “We don’t know what it is going to be, but it’s going to be a change.”
On Sunday the Broncos finally put something good on tape with a 23-0 win over the New York Jets to snap their losing streak and rediscover some hope that had faded with their season.
Perfect, it wasn’t. But it was respectable, efficient and much needed for a franchise that had lost its identity amid its slide.
The tone was set early and this time sustained, as quarterback Trevor Siemian guided the Broncos on a 12-play scoring drive on their first possession, and Denver’s defense quickly gave them another shot to extend it. Inside linebacker Brandon Marshall recorded a tackle for loss on the Jets’ first play, then strip-sacked Jets quarterback Josh McCown to force a fumble. Adam Gotsis recovered, Siemian followed with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Thomas and, just like that, the Broncos had a 10-0 lead, the first double digit lead since Oct. 1 against Oakland.
The Broncos entered Sunday’s game reeling on offense and their minus-16 turnover margin was the worst in the league. Their 4.7 yards per play ranked 29th and their paltry 17.2 points per game put them 27th. In fact, some metrics portrayed the Broncos as the worst team in the …read more
Source:: The Denver Post