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As the last statement in the previous slide indicates, this game and last week's game in Atlanta have led me to this conclusion—the Broncos are not an elite team. At least not at the current moment.
Could the Broncos eventually develop into being one of the elite teams in the NFL as the season progresses? Of course. The ingredients and the potential are there. The fact that the Broncos had a chance to win after digging themselves into 20-point deficits for the last two games says something about not only the mental makeup of the team, but the talent level on this team.
Having said that, the Broncos turned the ball over four times in one quarter against perhaps the best team in the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons. This week, they didn't turn the ball over—the fumble at the end of the game doesn't count—but that just speaks volumes about how far along the Texans are right now in comparison to the Broncos.
The Broncos didn't turn the ball over, but that did not stop them from being down 31-11 heading into the fourth quarter, before they made their late attempt to rally.
The Texans pressured Manning repeatedly, shut down the running game by playing great team defense and the Broncos were never able to get into an offense rhythm. The defense was burned for several big plays, including two big touchdown receptions by Kevin Walter and Andre Johnson. And the problem with those plays were, they easily beat the man that was covering them.
The Broncos had missed coverage assignments, gave up clutch third-down conversions on defense and when they finally did get pressure on the quarterback, unfortunately, it resulted in unnecessary roughness penalties that gave the Texans extra yardage and first downs.
What is the one main thing that you could conclude after watching this game?
The Broncos were not only dominated for most of the afternoon, but they proved that they are not an "elite" team.