The Denver Broncos play on Thursday night and a loss would lead to an 0-4 start.
Four games equal one-quarter of an NFL regular season. Starting out 0-4 leads to a hole that is nearly impossible to dig out of. In fact, in the history of the NFL, only one team that started a season 0-4 was able to qualify for the playoffs (1992 San Diego Chargers).
The Broncos want to avoid having to overcome that daunting task, and all they have to do in order to avoid that is defeat the lowly New York Jets on Thursday night. Sounds simple, right?
Nothing has been simple for this team this season but Vic Fangio simply has to find a way to get his team a victory in this game.
A loss would lead to numerous questions being asked as after just four games, fans and media personalities would already be looking at next year and talk of replacing Fangio, John Elway and even Drew Lock would rule the airwaves.
Since the season just kicked off not even three weeks ago, it’s too early for that.
Despite falling to the depths of the NFL in recent years, the Broncos are one of the league’s proudest and most successful franchises. While teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns have found it hard to build a winner, that has not been an issue in Denver.
The franchise began to play in 1960, dating all the way back to the old AFL. In all of those years, the Broncos have not started 0-4 very many times. In fact, you can count each of those seasons on one hand.