Now that we’re close enough to conduct reasonable projections, and Sunday night’s pivotal game against the Patriots is the books, I thought I’d take a look at what the Broncos need to obtain the best possible playoff seeding. This is a mini-project that I might take on for the remainder of the regular season, depending on how things shape up.
The Denver Broncos have promoted safety Josh Bush from the practice squad.
The move was likely made because the Broncos won’t have T.J. Ward for at least one game because of an ankle injury.
Bush has regular-season experience, having played in two games last year and three earlier this season. He impressed during the preseason and it’s likely he’ll stick around even after Ward returns to the lineup.
To make room for Bush, the Broncos waived tight end Richard Gordon, who wasn’t needed any longer with the acquisition of Vernon Davis.
Also, the Broncos waived TE Arthur Lynch from the practice squad. It remains to be seen if the Broncos bring in somebody to replace him. (No, Gordon isn’t eligible.)
Chris Mortensen reports that Peyton Manning will not be healthy enough to play “anytime soon”. This is not surprising given the nature of the injury.
Everyone in the Broncos hierarchy, from football czar John Elway on down, is committed to giving this offense a chance to thrive under the first-year starter, and Elway and Kubiak — who passed on acquiring Manning when he was head coach in Houston — are strong-willed enough to do what they believe is best for the organization regardless of the political fallout. “They are not going to be bullied into doing anything they don’t want to do, by anyone,” as one team source put it.
Did John Elway say something a few months back about how, if the Denver Broncos, they should go down kicking and screaming?
Turns out that attitude not only leaves a good impression on people, it can actually get you a win when all seems lost.
The Broncos never held a lead until Andre Caldwell hauled in Brock Osweiler’s touchdown pass with 1:15 left in the game. It looked like the game might still get away from the Broncos after Tom Brady completed a long pass to Brandon LaFell to lead to Stephen Gostowski’s 47-yard field goal, followed by the Patriots winning the toss.
Then came a three-and-out and C.J. Anderson took over.
Broncos fans will rightly get bragging rights for a couple of days, but the work isn’t done yet. They’ve got to get players healthy, they’ve got to keep winning because the Kansas City Chiefs are suddenly surging, and they’ve got to knock it off with the dumbest of penalties already.
But you know what? This “kicking and screaming” attitude could go a long way to overcoming those weaknesses.
Let’s talk about last night’s game.
Continue reading The Morning After: Yes, ‘Broncos Beat Patriots’ Just Happened
Man what a game! Here are some of my observations afterwards:
Hello, long time no see! I hope all has been well on your side of the fence as it has on mine. Just last week, I concluded my first year as a student assistant for a college football program and it felt like a vacation the whole way through. That is an article for another day though as I would like to talk about a topic that is more relevant.
It’s been an understandably quiet Thanksgiving week, but nonetheless here’s a quick roundup of what the attrition is looking like for tomorrow night.
For the Broncos, in addition to Peyton Manning DeMarcus Ware will miss another game due to his back spasms–certainly disappointing but at least it’s at a deep position. Evan Mathis is the only questionable, but again at least Max Garcia can cover when needed.
The biggest question through the week has been Danny Amendola, listed as questionable yesterday. However, news is flying this morning that he, too, will miss this game:
Danny Amendola is out against the Broncos. In fact, not even traveling with the team. #WBZ
— STEVE BURTON (@STEVEBURTONWBZ) November 28, 2015
Here are this week’s Not So Scientific Rankings. For some of the rankings I looked at, I know what you are thinking… some of them make no sense. I’m not sure what Pro Football Focus looks at, but whatever they are, they are too generous to the Atlanta Falcons, who are showing they are a seriously flawed team.
I do not, however, believe any of the rankings are too biased toward Kansas City. It’s clear that Charcandrick West is a good fit for the Chiefs offense and the defense is for real. If the Chiefs make the playoffs, they will be dangerous.
As always, these rankings are the average of the following:
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is expected to miss at least the next two weeks as he continues his recovery from a plantar fascia tear.
Following a Monday consultation with noted foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., it was recommended that Manning spend at least the next week in a walking cast. After the cast is removed, he will begin additional rehabilitation on his injured foot.
We’re all well aware that next week’s game is against the Patriots. The game after that will be at San Diego.
Mason also adds that, as is typically the case with John Elway, you can never have too many quarterbacks–and they’re not going to expose themselves to possibly being forced to start rookie Trevor Siemian:
With Manning sidelined for multiple weeks, the Broncos will look to add depth at quarterback. The team is expected to work out former Minnesota Vikings starter Christian Ponder on Wednesday.