Tim Tebow fell from grace on Sunday after last week's emotional win. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Broncos Fall To Lions 45-10 As Tebow Struggles

Forget “Tebowing.” There’s a new trend called “Staffording.”

Staffording = going 21-of-30 for 267 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Denver Broncos. Matt Stafford has perfected the fad and it went viral on Sunday.

The Broncos lost to the Detroit Lions 45-10 in The Night Afternoon of the Living Dead Part II. If you remember correctly, last October  we saw the Broncos fall to the Oakland Raiders 59-14. Instead of a 45 point loss, it was a 30 point loss. Same month, same result, different year.

The Cardiac Kid, Tim Tebow, tried to put the paddles to the Broncos’ heart. Nothing but flatline readings came out on the scoreboard. The Broncos didn’t score their first touchdown in the game until there was 8:19 left in the fourth quarter. Too little, too late, too much hoopla.

After the Broncos beat an 0-5 Miami Dolphins team in the final minutes last week, the home field score keepers probably considered turning the play clock forward for Tebow in the first half. It isn’t until the final minutes of a game when Tebow’s pulse fires up and in turn ignites the offense. Tebow finished the day going 18-of-39 for 172 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, and 1 fumble. Add in 63 yards on 10 carries and you have yourself the Broncos starting quarterback. Take it or leave it, this is what the people chanted for.

Eric Decker was Tebow’s main man and he finished with 6 catches for 72 yards and one touchdown.

The Detroit Lions are for real. So is the Denver Broncos’ quarterback conundrum.

Tebow testing grounds are full of supporters but can the second-year pro succeed as an NFL QB? Another question for you: Why does fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing?

Ah, the questions that Broncos fans have these days.

The Broncos were without running back Willis McGahee. I saw McGahee in the stands. Halloween plays tricks on the eyes. In his place, Knowshon Moreno had 69 yards on 14 carries. That’s an impressive 4.9 yard average, but considering the Broncos went 2-for-14 on third down and 0-for-3 on fourth down, all those rushing yards don’t amount to much.

Calvin Johnson (a.k.a. Megatron) went Mega-long for a 56-yard touchdown reception to help him reach 128 receiving yards on the day.

The thing that may have hurt more, however, was the fact that the Broncos’ past caught up with the present. Former Broncos tight end Tony Scheffler gave Calvin Johnson the Mile High Salute and added 3 catches for 38 yards and one touchdown. Oh what the Broncos could have had.

Defensively, Stafford had all day to throw. When the pressure did come, he easily found his receivers sometimes so wide open that the only orange surrounding a blue Lions’ jersey was a cheerleader’s pom pom at the back of the end zone. Ryan McBean and Robert Ayers each had a sack, but other than that, no big plays came from the defense.

Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller had 6 tackles combined. That’s certainly not their weight in millions of George Washington’s.

Any hope that Broncos fans had after last week is as dead as the Zombie sitting on your neighbor’s porch.

It’s time to take off the rose orange colored glasses and really evaluate how the Broncos can become Super Bowl contenders once again. The playoffs haven’t been reached since 2005 and consecutive wins haven’t been experienced since October of 2009.

It’s not one player’s fault or one coaches fault. It’s the culmination of personnel moves either made or not made that have the Broncos at 2-5 mid-way through the season.

If the past six years prove anything, they prove that just because things are different doesn’t mean that they have changed.

The Broncos haven’t created change. Unfortunately change has created the Broncos.

The Broncos need a draft every month instead of every year. That’s where the team will be built from scratch. The list of needs is a Mile High, but improvement will be made at the young end of the roster.

The Broncos’ present will now suddenly turned towards the future.

Broncos version 2.0(12) is where the hope is beginning to reside. After witnessing today’s loss, most can agree that this season is nearly buried a Mile Low under Mile High.

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Tags: Calvin Johnson Denver Broncos Detroit Lions Matt Stafford Tim Tebow

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