This has been a hell of a season as a Broncos fan. It’s gone from hoping to win every game, to hoping not to lose too badly, to hiding behind your hands praying that the team will somehow manage not to be so terrible that you question why you watch this stupid sport.
Well, from that perpsective this was a doozy; two – yes two – safeties, a pick six, a blocked punt, an onside kick recovery by the Dolphins, plus the sight of an ex-Broncos player humping the football in celebration.
Oh and all that culminated in a blowout loss to the Jay Cutler led Dolphins, sheesh.
The defence started pretty well, forcing punts on the Dolphins’ first two possessions. Unfortunately, the Denver offence handed in an interception and a safety with their first two.
The safety was particularly dispiriting, as centre Matt Paradis is generally one of the few players we can depend on for a decent performance. He snapped the ball high over Siemian’s head and he actually did pretty well to recover it and throw it out of the back of the end-zone to limit the damage to just two points.
However, as with previous weeks it now seems like the Broncos have such a small amount of belief that once it becomes dented at all, a long day awaits.
We were then treated to two ex-Broncos combining for a touchdown when Jay Cutler found Julius Thomas for the score. Thomas then proceeded to hump the football in a touchdown celebration that I certainly hope never to see again.
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(Sorry, couldn’t resist! – Ed.)
On the very next possession, Siemian had the ball intercepted and taken all the way for another touchdown. If only that was that, it got so much worse from there.
After halftime the Broncos had a punt blocked, thankfully they were not punished for it as the Dolphins fumbled and Bradley Roby recovered. The Broncos punted again, successfully this time and Justin Simmons got a pick six of his own to bring the game back to ten points.
On the next possession any hope was snuffed out with a 42 yard rushing touchdown to once again put the Dolphins out of sight.
There was then a sequence of punts as these two inept offenses traded timid blows until Siemian threw his third pick, putting the Dolphins just outside the redzone. Cutler needed just one play to convert and to make the score 33-9.
In a real “what happened next” moment, the Dolphins, up by 24 points, went for an onside kick, which they recovered. Rumour has it that Dolphins’ coach Adam Gase is unhappy with how John Elway handled Gase’s departure from Denver and subsequent attempts to land a head coach job elsewhere. Whatever the truth, this was an unusual move and one certainly designed to send some form of message.
The Broncos defence stood firm and forced another punt. Isaiah McKenzie – still inexplicably fielding punts for Denver – tried an ill-advised run back and dodged his way backwards towards his own line, he had tha ball knocked loose and just managed to dive on it for the second safety of the game.
That ended the scoring and with it the misery.
Over the last two months we have witnessed a team lose their way, their identity and any semblance of organisation. Bring on the (Broncoless) playoffs.