Another week, another loss for the Denver Broncos. They showed much more poise in this game than they did in Week 1 against the Raiders. This week, they came back in the fourth and had the lead in final 31-seconds. But they still lost on a last-second field goal from Eddy Pineiro. It is the first time Denver has gone 0-2 to start the season since the 1999 season. Some pieces are starting to come together, while others are still a concern. Here are three takeaways from the 16-14 loss to the Chicago Bears.
The offense is starting to right their ship. Joe Flacco showed the Mile High City why they signed him in the offseason, as he went 35/50 with 292 yards and a touchdown. He also converted the go-ahead two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. Flacco maintained composure down the stretch and was always in control. The receiving corps was led by Emmanuel Sanders, who caught 11 passes for 98 yards and had the Broncos touchdown. Courtland Sutton had key receptions in the fourth quarter, while running back Royce Freeman had 54 yards on 11 carries, and was the offensive spark Denver needed.
The defense once again struggled. Mitchell Trubisky didn’t have a great game, but he was under no pressure. Denver allowed 153 yards rushing and Trubisky threw 120 yards passing. The Broncos only managed three tackles for loss. They left Allen Robinson wide open in the final seconds of the fourth quarter to put the Bears in position to kick the game-winning field goal. Von Miller once again had a rough game as Chicago constantly double-teamed the All-Pro linebacker. Only sophomore linebacker Bradley Chubb had a good game. He rushed the passer and recorded two quarterback hits, and finished with five tackles and had one for a loss. Chubb was the stud Denver hoped he would be when they drafted him last year. However…
The officiating was horrible all game. How else can you explain this roughing the passer call on Chubb?
This was called roughing the passer on Bradley Chubb. pic.twitter.com/EA20wdl3gi
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) September 15, 2019
Next week the Broncos head to Green Bay to face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Flacco will need to build on his performance this week to give Denver a chance to win against the Packers new and improved defense. The Broncos defense will all the help they can get against Rodgers.
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