When looking at the Denver Broncos, it’s tough to determine which is more troubling, the fact they’re 0-3, or their defense has yet to show up. A big reason why they haven’t won yet lies in their lack of defense, while their offense has played consistently, but not good enough.
Broncos Nation, I might start to worry if I were you. John Elway has given Joe Flacco the keys to the offense, which has yet to put together a full game. Through two weeks, the Broncos fell behind early due to a sluggish offense, then made it interesting late, only to lose close games.
While they hung around with Green Bay Packers over the weekend, the offense didn’t do them any favors. Flacco turned the ball over twice, throwing one pick and one other via fumble. Green Bay turned those mistakes into 14 points, which was more than the final deficit with the Broncos falling 27-16.
Flacco has really only looked good for two, maybe three quarters so far this season. His stats through three games are as follows: 773 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and one lost fumble. So much for finding that steady guy to help turn around a mediocre offense.
What’s possibly even more worrisome is the Broncos defense has yet to make any noise this season. Bringing on Vic Fangio, who’d led the best defense (Chicago Bears) a year prior, was expected to give the Denver defense a shot in the arm. Already regarded as one of the toughest lines to face, Denver was hoping to take that next step this season. Again, so far it has yet to pay off.
It’s still early with plenty of games left but Von Miller and Bradley Chubb have yet to record a sack. Miller has eight tackles so far while Chubb has a dozen, including four tackles for a loss of yards. One bright spot is Rookie linebacker, Josey Jewell. Against the Raiders, Jewell led the team in tackles with 14 and has 20 so far this season. Yes, the secondary is a little banged up, but if the front lines and linebackers can’t put the needed pressure on opposing quarterbacks and running backs, this team likely won’t win.
The Broncos have a decent chance at earning their first victory when they host the Jaguars on September 29. Rookie product Gardner Minshew has looked good for the Jags, but if the Denver defense can’t create havoc, a lot of questions are going to be asked of this unit, especially with it being a home game. Jacksonville has its own impressive defense, coming off a nine-sack performance against Tennessee, which could create more problems for Flacco.
Looking beyond that, the Broncos play at the L.A. Chargers, host the Titans, then host the Chiefs on a short week. Heading into their bye, the Broncos could realistically own a 3-4 record (win their next three but lose to KC). Then again, they could also be 0-7.