Sep 21, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball (28) carries the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Denver 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
The Denver Broncos were far from perfect in the first three weeks of the season, providing fans with plenty of heart racing moments in a mere three week span. That being said, the Broncos fared pretty well for a team that has received as much criticism as they have, especially from their own fans.
For one thing, the Broncos went 2-1, which is hardly a record worth being upset about. For another thing or two, the Broncos went 2-1 against teams (Colts, Chiefs, Seahawks) who all went to the playoffs last season and finished with a combined record of 39-13 including postseason games. The Broncos went 2-1 with a road game against the defending world champions, who were coming off a loss and were in something of a must win situation.
You could even argue that game came down to the circumstance of what overtime is in the NFL, being that the Broncos never had the opportunity to touch the football.
Such is life.
Either way, there are plenty of areas the Broncos can improve after they come back from the bye week, and things don’t get any easier with a matchup against the 3-0 Arizona Cardinals, a team that is 13-6 dating back to the start of last season. They narrowly missed the playoffs coming out of the strongest class of NFC teams we’ve seen in some time, and they’re hungry to prove they are the best team in the NFC West.
With all of that being said, here are five things the Broncos really need to improve coming out of the bye.