4 reasons Broncos “meaningless” game vs. Chiefs is massive for 2023
3. Russell Wilson needs to finish strong in the worst way
As previously stated, the Denver Broncos’ offense has been disturbing for most of the 2022 NFL season and there have been very few signs of real life from that unit. Although putting the weight of reviving the Denver Broncos on his shoulders was perhaps unfair in hindsight, Russell Wilson came to Denver with the franchise QB label and massive expectations.
The expectations from a guy that has been consistently one of the top QBs in the league? You expect that guy to elevate your program. You expect him to elevate the guys around him offensively.
Sure, it took five or six games in 2012 with Peyton Manning, but that team became one of the hottest in the league as well as one of the best offenses in the league in no time. Such has not been the case for Wilson and the Broncos. Wilson is having the worst season of his NFL career and he’s making mistakes on a weekly basis that seem so out of character for who he has been as a member of the Seattle Seahawks.
It wasn’t that long ago people were saying Russ should legitimately be in the MVP conversation. Those are the discussions we used to have about Wilson, believe it or not. Now, it’s everyone wondering whether or not he’s washed up. Whether or not he’ll ever get back to even a semblance of the player he was in Seattle.
I tend to think this year is a complete anomaly for Wilson, as others have stated. An outlier in a decade-long career of efficient play, accurate throwing, and outstanding playmaking in clutch moments.
Russell Wilson desperately needs a strong finish to the 2022 season, especially after the Christmas Day debacle in Los Angeles against the Rams when he threw three ill-advised interceptions. Although it certainly wouldn’t cure all the wounds of 2022, beating the Chiefs (especially on the road) would go such a long way toward rehabbing Wilson’s image in Denver.