5 major problems the Denver Broncos must fix or they’ll miss the playoffs

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Denver Broncos problem no. 5: Take advantage of the forced fumbles

At some point, the ball is going to start bouncing the Denver Broncos’ way, right? The Broncos’ defense has forced five fumbles so far this season. They’ve recovered one.

I’ve never seen anything like we saw in Week 1 where there were so many fumbles recovered by one team. Randy Gregory forced a fumble on DK Metcalf and the Broncos recovered it, but otherwise…

  • Bradley Chubb’s strip-sack fell right into the hands of Seahawks LT Charles Cross
  • Melvin Gordon’s fumble bounced right into the waiting arms of a Seahawks defender
  • Javonte Williams’ fumble bounced into the end zone where a recovery by a Broncos player would have been impossible
  • Randy Gregory’s strip-sack against the Texans could have been recovered by Bradley Chubb, but it slipped out of Chubb’s grasp
  • Dre’Mont Jones’ strip-sack against the Texans was quickly recovered by Houston

What in the world is going on here? How is it possible that the Broncos are not getting any of these fumbles, including getting their own back? What’s bizarre is the fact that the Broncos forced just six fumbles all of last season, and they’re already up to five this year in just two games. Eventually, the ball has to start bouncing their way, right?

It’s not even been an issue of whether or not the Broncos are falling on the ball and the other teams are just stealing it from them in a scrum or something. They haven’t even really had a chance to recover these fumbles. With that being said, if they could start recovering some of them, the Broncos would be dominating the turnover battle and, likely, the scoreboard.