Denver can’t afford to lose the turnover battle.
Here’s a remarkable stat: The rookie combination of Freeman and Lindsay have 181 combined carries on the year and zero fumbles.
That unlikely trend has to continue on Sunday in Los Angeles, Denver can ill-afford to turn the ball over and if they keep the ball on the ground as suggested there won’t be many opportunities for the Charger secondary to intercept Keenum.
While we realize that limiting turnovers is key in every football game ever played the burden on the Broncos is heightened by the limitations brought on by injury and inconsistent play in the passing game. Four of the Broncos losses are by a total of eight points. They are not nearly as bad as their record would suggest but they have little margin for error.
Denver is a team that can beat anyone but it takes a near-perfect effort. Had they put out that effort consistently, they may have beaten Kansas City twice and the Rams.
6-3 would mean a whole, different discussion surrounding the Broncos second-half of the season. It probably would have kept Demaryius Thomas in town.
Fantasizing about revised history doesn’t change that in the final seven games, the Broncos have a daunting task ahead. It’s more than playoffs or successful seasons, their reputation is on-the-line. Not just their national reputation, their standing in Denver. The Rockies are coming off of an exciting and emotional playoff run. The Avalanche have the best line in hockey and are scratching at Cup contention. The Nuggets have a bright future ahead. There’s a lot at stake for the Broncos.
It starts on Sunday in Los Angeles and with the almost unfair expectation that Denver keep turnovers to zero. There’s another thing that’s necessary and it comes from the defensive side of the ball: