Admit it: The Denver Broncos Are For Real

Jimmy MacAnalyst IOctober 11, 2009

DENVER - OCTOBER 11:  Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos celebrates with Kyle Orton #8 after scoring a touchdown to tie the game in the fouth quarter against the New England Patriots during an NFL game at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 11, 2009 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

This is a formal apology to Kyle Orton and the Denver Broncos.

Not more than a few days ago, I wrote that the Broncos were nothing more than a lucky, fluke team with an offense that thrives off a few fluke plays here and there. That was me who wrote that Denver sported a defense that hasn't played anybody worth noting.

Shame on me.

When I'm wrong, I admit it—but I still feel that the Broncos have lady luck on their side this season.

Look at the Kyle Orton pass that should have been intercepted by at least four different New England defenders that fell into the arms of a Bronco receiver. The uncharacteristic Tom Brady throws that sailed off the mark for three easy TD passes to Moss and Welker. The horrible personal foul called against New England for taunting which basically lost them the game.

The list goes on and on, and that's just from Week Five.

But winning with luck is still winning and the Denver Broncos are certainly winning.

I still stand by what I said—the team's winning has little to do with Kyle Orton and a lot to do with a little something called "yards after the catch" and the Broncos defense.

Orton has benefited from every tipped, deflected, and batted pass that's been thrown. But he's still making quick, smart throws that keep the defense off balance, and with the running game picking up every week, the Broncos offense is starting to look legit.

However, I still believe the Broncos' offense would falter if asked to win the game on its own. This is an offense clearly built to play with the lead or at least be within one TD at the end of the game.

The Broncos defense on the other hand continues to impress. They rattled Tom Brady, who has looked off most of the season, and didn't let Randy Moss get much of anything going today.

Overall, the Broncos looked very impressive, and if Kyle Orton read my article last week, I'm sure he's stroking his neckbeard and laughing tonight while sitting at 5-0.

The Broncos have a bit tougher of a test next week on Monday night against San Diego, who has a much more potent offense than anything Denver has faced this season.

Philip Rivers and Darren Sproles have played incredibly well all season and will test the Broncos defense. But their defense has been lacking lately, and after what Orton and the Broncos offense did today, it wouldn't surprise me to see Orton have a career day against them.

Overall, the Broncos are good—damn good.

I can't believe I just said that.

But believe it or not folks, the Denver Broncos are for real.

The head coach who threw away the franchise and the neckbearded noodle-armed QB are 5-0, and look seemingly more unstoppable with every week.

Foot in mouth—enough said for Jimmy Mac.