Denver Broncos: An optimistic view on the loss vs. Oakland

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Dec 13, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) before the game between the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Still upset about the Denver Broncos’ loss to the Oakland Raiders? Me too, but here are a few things to be optimistic about following the devastating late-season blow.

In one fell swoop, the Denver Broncos lost their second divisional game and dropped from the top seed in the AFC to the third seed with a chance to control their destiny for the 2nd spot with a game remaining against Cincinnati.

The Broncos lost in impressively bad fashion against the Raiders, mainly because of the offense’s ineptitude and inability to score even a single point in the final two quarters of play.

It was a forgettable game for a number of reasons, but there were also reasons to feel pretty solid about this game. After all, I spent the entire first half as relaxed as I have been perhaps all season long. Even in the second half, there were things that happened that we should be excited (at least somewhat) about.

Let’s take a look.