One of the golden rules in the NFL is that teams who take care of the ball on offense and create turnovers on defense will usually find a way to win the game. That's a rule that the Broncos haven't followed for a while now, and it may have very well cost them a playoff berth each of the past three seasons.
Actually, there's a lot of reasons why they missed the playoffs each of the last three years, but that was the one that sounded the best in an opening sentence. Don't judge me.
Often times an opening sentence is followed by a thesis statement, and whether you have any clue what a thesis statement is or not, just know that I believe that this year's Broncos are for real. And yes, so far they are strictly adhering to the golden rule I mentioned before.
Through three games, the Denver defense has given up just 16 points. Kyle Orton has yet to throw an interception. The running game has its swagger back thanks to the two-headed monster of Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter.
The best part? Josh McDaniels has yet to wear a hoodie with the sleeves cut off on the sideline. Yes, that annoys me that much.
One of the things that stands out to me the most about Denver so far is that there are no glaring issues on the team. Kyle Orton isn't a superstar, but he's a proven winner. The offense isn't fancy, but they are efficient and nearly mistake free.
If there was a coordinator of the year award, Mike Nolan would be the early favorite. He's taken the worst Broncos' defense in over 30 years and transformed them into a physical unit that, *gasp*, can actually stop the run and force three-and-outs.
Some of the so-called "experts" will argue that the Broncos haven't played anybody yet, so their good start is meaningless; but aren't good teams kind of supposed to manhandle bad teams? Just last year this team gave up 31 points to the Browns and 45 combined points to the Raiders.
Not only that, but they held the same Bengals offense that put up 31 points on the Packers and 23 points on the Steelers to only a mere 7 points.
Progress is progress. 3-0 is 3-0.
If you're surprised or pissed off at the lack of recognition the Broncos are getting outside of Colorado, don't be. The reality check is that no one will really believe in them unless they take down some of the media's darling teams. They'll get their first chance next week against Dallas.
And while it is still early, I feel that it is time for me to eat my words. While they may regress as the season goes on, the Broncos' defense is not nearly as dreadful as I predicted them to be. This is why Josh McDaniels gets paid to make these decisions and I have to pay to go to school.
I'm sorry, Broncos fans. I admit that I was wrong and I hope that I can be forgiven. If they keep playing how they're playing, I won't be the last one to say that.
Now, it's John Clayton's turn.
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