Denver Broncos Expectations Lowered After Two Losses? Not So Fast

Alex StewartContributor INovember 10, 2009

DENVER - NOVEMBER 09:  Head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos paces the sidelines as he faces the Pittsburgh Steelers during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 9, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Steelers defeated the Broncos 28-10.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Yesterday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers marked the second loss for the Denver Broncos. It also was the second time that the Broncos' offense failed to perform and the first time I saw a Bronco fan base sell out to give up a great home field advantage.

One thing there is plenty of right now is Bronco bashing. Fans are worried and analysts are in a feeding frenzy.

But let's not get carried away. The Broncos are 6-2 and have made it through what will probably end up the hardest games of the regular season.

Realistically, Bronco fans can expect at least four more wins (one against Washington, Oakland, and two against Kansas City). If anything, those are teams in which the Bronco defence alone could win against.

That leaves four games that are currently up in the air: San Diego, New York Giants, at Indy, and at Philly.

If the offense can find some footing, wins against the struggling Giants (just beat by the Chargers) and mediocre Eagles should be possible. Also, a resurgence in the offence could top a Chargers team that already lost at home to the Broncos.

This week's game between the Colts and Patriots will tell a lot about the Colts' true potential as they have few convincing victories and have yet to play an elite team.

After considering it all, it seems like a 12-4 final record is definitely possible for the Denver Broncos. While it does hinge on a revamped coaching effort and offensive production, don't count this team out but rather getting a reality check midway through the season.