Not only was the Denver Broncos offense bad today, it was historically bad– it was the worst game by the offense in over 20 years.
Broncos Country is used to seeing an inept Broncos offense, and today probably felt like just another day as a Broncos fan. Three things have felt steady in life since Super Bowl 50: death, taxes, and the Denver Broncos struggling to put points on the board.
However, today was not just another day for the Denver Broncos, it was the worst day they had had in a long time. As per Andrew Mason, it was the worst offensive production the Broncos had brought onto the field since 1992.
This Denver Broncos team seems to be on the wrong side of history at every corner they turn the season, and today was no different. They have hit a new low, which in all reality, is not much of a shock. This Broncos offense has looked about as bad as it could, today especially.
While the Broncos’ defense only allowed 20 points despite allowing major yardage, the offense was only able to put 3 points on the board and just 134 yards of total offense in the 20-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills, a team low since MNF against the Washington Redskins back in 1992, before a handful of players on the active roster were even born. From 1993 until today, the Broncos had managed at least 173 total yards per game, but that came to an end today (per Andrew Mason).
Today’s lackluster offensive was only able to put together about three competent drives, one which ended in a field goal and two that ended in an interception and a punt, which resulted in the defense staying on the field for the majority of the game.
Many fingers have been pointed as to who the blame falls on for the offense’s struggles, but today, it seems to have come together that the blame truly does fall on a series of factors, as follows:
- Rich Scangarello’s play-calling
- Below par QB play (between Joe Flacco and Brandon Allen)
- Offensive line woes
- Inability to put together drives
- Losing in time of possession
The Buffalo Bills absolutely dominated the time of possession against the Broncos, keeping the ball for 35:04 compared to 24:56, almost an entire ten minutes more than the Broncos (per ESPN).
Now that it is clear that the Denver Broncos are not built to win this year, it will be time for the front office to address the major concerns. In fact, it is likely time to begin addressing one of those issues now.
It is unlikely that Brandon Allen is the man of Denver’s future. While he provides appeal as a good back-up option, it does not seem he will not be the starter going forward. Prior to the end of the 2019-2020 season, the Broncos need to see what they have in rookie Drew Lock.
Realistically, there is no reason that Drew Lock should not get his opportunity going forward; it only makes sense for him to get his first start in next week’s home game versus the Los Angeles Chargers. With the plethora of QB talent coming up in the 2020 NFL draft, it is imperative that the Broncos have a good idea of what they have in Lock, in the event that they need to look toward taking another QB.
The Broncos already have powerful offensive weapons in guys like Courtland Sutton, Phillip Lindsay, and Royce Freeman–the run game looks to have the pieces for long term production.
While it is common knowledge that Sutton has taken that step to become WR1, and Tim Patrick is making an argument to become WR2, the Broncos could still use some help at receiver, and may look at guys like Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb or Colorado’s Laviska Shenault Jr. The Broncos also need to address the looming offensive line issues, especially at left tackle.
Overall, here’s to hoping the Broncos’ offense improves next year. However, for today, they are the worst they have been in close to 30 years, and it is clear that changes need to be made in multiple spots.