Haven't been on this forum in forever... Good to see that it's still alive.
The Broncos season thus far has been nuts. I have no idea how to put my finger on it. Our offense has been so spectacular I always expect a Cutler TD; on the other hand, our defense looks even worse than last year. We've had a game where we completely dominated the Raiders... then we've had two games where we could've (maybe should have) lost.
Anyways, the way I look at it, we still have 13 games to improve and transform as a team... but right now, we're at a pretty 3-0. Although, if our defense plays like it has been i'm going to go out of my mind. No way should we be playing nail biters at home when ahead 21-3, or scoring 30+ points.
Also, is anyone worried about our running game? I know we've been putting up massive numbers up on the board aerially, but I feel like our running game has been pretty dormant. I'm afraid that by trying to emulate NE, we'll become a one dimensional offense like they were... while it can lead to fast points, it can also lead to fast 3 and outs or a smaller time in ball possession. While I don't want to make any excuse for our defense, do you think running the ball more and killing more clock would let our defense rest more and be more effective? Just a thought...
I'm pretty disappointed in our defensive line though. I expected them to grow a bit more this season... but it's now showing obviously. We seem to apply zero pressure on passing situations. Also, while we did "stop them when it counted" let's not forget that both NO and SD didn't have their go-to-guys either during then... Marques Colston and LT respectively. We seem to be playing "bend don't break" philosophy of '06, but i'd much prefer the "blitz like crazy" defense of '05, which btw, helped us reach the AFCC.
Sorry I wasn't really organized in all that. Just some food for thought.
Projected win total: 55+