3 Signs the Denver Broncos have Turned a Corner

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The Broncos have one turnover in the last three games.

Even that one, a Devontae Booker fumble was immediately balanced by a Booker touchdown on the next possession.  It’s almost difficult to believe that the Broncos two rookie running backs have not fumbled the ball this season.  Not once.  Not one recovered by the Broncos or out-of-bounds, they have not fumbled the ball.

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Add in that Keenum has now gone those same three games without an interception after leading the NFL in that category for much of the early part of the season.  For teams like the Broncos on the fringe of playoff viability, protecting the ball is the most important thing they can do.  Through eight games, the Broncos were terrible at ball security.  In the last three, they’ve been fantastic.

Winning the turnover battle is how you take down 2-loss teams like the Chargers and Steelers.  On Sunday, Denver forced Roethlisberger into two picks, they also forced two fumbles.  All four had huge impact on the game, two preventing scores and two leading to scores.  As mentioned above, the Parks hit changed everything about the game.

The Steelers may have felt victimized, Big Ben argues that Roby held Antonio Brown on Chris Harris‘ interception (video says he did not, Brown was “picked” by his own player) but their failure wasn’t at the hands of the referees or weather or any other factor, it was an opportunistic Broncos defense and their own mistakes that cost them.  There was no fluke factor to this win.

Another thing the Broncos have done to turn their fortunes: