Denver Broncos moving into top 10 of 2018 NFL Draft with loss

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 05: Quarterback Brock Osweiler
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 05: Quarterback Brock Osweiler /

The Denver Broncos were annihilated on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles, but have moved into the top 10 of the 2018 NFL Draft order…

The Denver Broncos lost on the road in Philadelphia to the Eagles by a score of 51-23, and just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse this season — this game happened.

The Broncos’ loss is not without some sort of positive spin, however, as for the moment, this loss puts them into the top 10 selections of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Prior to the loss against Philadelphia, Denver held the 11th overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft. Their loss now puts them ahead in the order to fellow 3-5 teams Oakland, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

If my calculations hold true, this loss will give the Broncos the seventh overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft with eight games to play. There will be no change among the top six teams with Cleveland, San Francisco, and the New York Giants holding the top three picks. Each of those teams has eight losses, and the Giants’ lone win was a blowout win in Denver.

The fourth overall pick would belong to the 2-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who just lost their sixth game of the season to the New Orleans Saints.

The Indianapolis Colts won on Sunday, but still have six losses, so they are ahead in the draft order as are the 3-6 Cincinnati Bengals.

Therefore, the draft order based on overall record and strength of schedule would have the top seven selections as follows:

1. Cleveland Browns
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. New York Giants
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5. Indianapolis Colts
6. Cincinnati Bengals
7. Denver Broncos

There are still some games yet to be played, and the Broncos could drop further as the day progresses, but at least for now, this is the silver lining following a horrendous loss.

The Broncos could not have played worse as a team against the Eagles, starting off with a 3-0 lead and apparently waking up a beast.

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The Eagles had their way offensively, running the ball all over the Broncos’ vaunted run defense. Carson Wentz was virtually flawless, moving the Philadelphia offense into scoring range at will and capitalizing, making the Broncos’ defense look silly.

This game had the look of a game where every player on Denver’s roster had mailed it in. Players weren’t giving maximum effort, and penalties were seemingly at an all-time high. You couldn’t get through three snaps in the first half without a flag being thrown on a Broncos player, it seemed.

Denver is a dumpster fire at this point, and head coach Vance Joseph doesn’t appear to have a great hold on things.

The switch to Brock Osweiler proved to be fruitless, as Denver continued to struggle with turnovers and inconsistency.

The Eagles improved to 8-1 in this game, and heading into their bye week, look like the most complete team in the NFL right now. We’ll see how far they can go this season, but the Broncos might have just lost to the Super Bowl champions.