There are a couple of milestones the Broncos need to play for.
The Denver Broncos haven’t had back-to-back losing seasons since 1972. That by itself is a pretty spectacular statistic. In 46 years, the Broncos haven’t been truly bad for more than one season at a time. With their 5-12 record a season ago, that streak is in jeopardy and Denver needs to win two of its last three to keep that streak alive.
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The Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders set up nicely to fill that need but then so did San Francisco so there’s no telling what constitutes an “easy” game for these Broncos. Nevertheless, this streak is very important to the Broncos for several reasons, not the least of which is the possibility that the Trust that’s tasked with determining ownership succession could sell the team. A team riding a streak like that has more value than a team on a downturn that looks incompetent.
Phillip Lindsay can hit 1,000 yards rushing. He can win Offensive Rookie of the Year. He can set the undrafted rushing record. It won’t even take much in the way of heroics to conquer all three. Saquon Barkley had an outstanding 170 yard rushing game for the New York Giants on Sunday, extending his lead over Lindsay and casting some shade on OROY aspirations but just briefly. There are still three games remaining and if the Broncos are wise, Phillip will get plenty of opportunity to add to his statistics. It would be quite the accomplishment for Lindsay, obviously but it would be meaningful to the team and city as well. Nothing fixes hard feelings like hope and Lindsay is one of Denver’s top purveyors.
On the other side of the ball, Bradley Chubb is within two sacks of the rookie record held by Jevon Kearse. The way he’s been playing over the last six weeks, it’s hard to imaging the Astronaut won’t produce at least two sacks. Again, the idea is that Chubb like Lindsay is selling hope over these last three games. We’re certainly not going to be on the edge of our seats all summer waiting to see Case Keenum play again. Chubb on the other hand offers a glimpse at both the immediate future and the not-as-far-away-as-you-think post-Von Miller future.
The Broncos seem safely in reload (vs rebuild) mode after a fantastic 2018 draft with Lindsay and Chubb leading (just barely over Courtland Sutton) the charge and creating hope in die-hard Bronco fans and cynics alike.
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