After a late night in the rain and a check in the loss column, the Denver Broncos enter week 2 as a team seeking retribution with its fan base.
The Oakland Raiders put a serious damper on the most optimistic Broncos fans' high hopes for the season.
Now, the Cincinnati Bengals are in town, and Denver needs a big win against a team that most everyone had surely checked as an easy game during the preseason.
Many improvements must occur this Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High for Denver to have a chance at an even remotely successful season in 2011.
It's been argued that the weather had a large play in the outcome of Monday's loss. If it weren't for the slippery conditions, the ball may not have found it's way out of Kyle Orton's hand late in the game as TE Daniel Fells was wide open towards the end zone. Without the rain, Monday's game could have gone the other way entirely.
The forecast on Sunday is 77 degrees and mostly sunny for downtown Denver. Ideally, this should give Broncos fans and spectators nationwide a better and more accurate depiction of the Broncos play in 2011.
But, what will Denver need to improve upon to find themselves tallying a win after Sunday afternoon?