I was naturally concerned when the Pat Bowlen, owner of the Broncos, fired Mike Shanahan after the end of last season. Then the well publicized problems with Jay Cutler, followed by the news that Denver would trade away a guy who threw for over four thousand yards, and has a cannon for an arm.
Then Brandon Marshall started acting up, and I wondered if Denver wasn't headed for a 3-13 type of season, if they were lucky.
Game one against the Bengals. We Denver fans actually got to see a Denver team play some defense. We haven't really seen a defense in Denver since the Orange Crush days.
Denver could have lost this game, and I still would have been encouraged. The Defense played well, and our offense was not making stupid turnovers, but, we got a lucky bounce of the ball, it happens, and we won.
Game two against the Browns, and Denver's D is there again. Elvis D got four sacks. Correll Buckhalter ran well, our QB played well.
Okay, okay, it was the two Ohio teams, and they aren't that good. Although, Cincy did go to Green Bay and beat the Packers. Two games does not a season make. Denver could still very well end up 3-13.
Sunday's game at Oakland should be fun. If the Broncos continue to play good Defense, and not make mistakes on offense, I really think they have a shot to be 3-0.
I listen occasionally to the NFL station on the satellite radio, and you'll have to listen long and hard to even know that Denver has a team, or Kansas City for that matter. The national sports media would rather have a root canal than talk about Denver or KC.
That's okay I guess. I would love it though, if Denver could surprise everybody, have a great year, and knock San Diego off it's little perch.
I know I am dreaming here. But that is the essence of being a fan, you can dream a new dream each season. So far, it has been fun to watch Denver. The new coach deserves some real credit.
After this week at Oakland, the Broncos begin a real hard stretch, Cowboys, Patriots, at San Diego on a Monday night, then at Baltimore.
After that stretch of games, we'll know, won't we?
Before the season started, I would not thought Denver could have won any of those games against the Cowboys, Patriots, Chargers or Ravens.
Am I optimistic to think Denver could win a couple of them?
As for the game tomorrow. Nothin' would surprise me. 6-3 Denver, 26-6 Denver, even 17-6 Oakland. That is what makes it fun to watch.
Enjoy your weekend.