The Denver Broncos are off to one of their worst starts in franchise history. Granted, while they’re currently 0-4 through the first quarter of the season, they’re also two plays away from being .500. A pair of last-second field goals, both at Empower Field, sent Broncos Nation home disgruntled.
Their latest loss, another walk-off field goal given up to the Jacksonville Jaguars, has led to more questions. Denver’s defense finally got on track, recording their first five sacks of the season. Von Miller had two sacks, Bradley Chubb had one, Demarcus Walker had one, and Malik Reed also had one sack.
The Broncos have had one of the best defenses in recent history, and they were expected to take another step forward when Vic Fangio took over as head coach. Against the Jaguars, they finally came to life by tapping into their potential, which was something fans had been waiting to see for too long.
Just when it seemed like good things were on the horizon, it got darker in the Mile High City. Yesterday, the team revealed that Chubb’s season was over after he tore his ACL.
The news is a huge blow for a team that’s been in a “world of suck”. The Broncos were already missing rookie linebacker, Josey Jewell, heading into Week Four, dealing with a hamstring issue.
If there’s any good news that came from their loss to the Jags, it’s that multiple guys on the defensive front can have success. Nevertheless, the vaunted Broncos defense took a step backward for a franchise that desperately needs to turn things around.