|12-05-2005, 03:04 PM||#1|
Friend of the unsung
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: London UK
It's a funny old thing.......
I'm sure some of you might think this makes me less of a fan, but somehow over the past few weeks with the Broncos winning all the time I just haven't felt the need to visit or post here. I was here all through the offseason agonising about what moves we didn't make and how the new rookies would do, and I was here all through camp and preseason closely analysing every move in every game (and the excellent camp reports from Kaylore!!). Then all of a sudden it all goes away: somehow, when we're just winning all the time, there's nothing to agonise and speculate over. When things are not going good, you desparately want to work out what the problem is, but when things are going well, you don't care!! You just close your eyes and prey it doesn't end.......
Of course, last night, it did! Now don't get me wrong: don't think for one moment that I'm happy we lost. I'm not, and I saw the game on TV (thank you Sky sports) for a change so I saw our defensive front seven get completely OWNED in the 4th quarter which was not a pretty sight, but I have to say this: considering it was a tough loss (becuase we are now under much greater pressure in the division), and considering it was the Chiefs (which is always hard to take whatever the playoff scenario), I still cannot help but feel a little more philosophical about this one.
If before the season started you had offered me 9-3, division lead, unbeaten at home, I would have taken it. In fact, those of us who dared to dream before the season that the Broncos might do well this year, would still have probably guessed that one of those few losses would have been in arrowhead. So the truth is, this loss doesn't really tell us anything. What we do learn from, however, is how the team responds to this. All season the team has been playing like it is a different calibre to those teams of the last couple of years. Now we get to see for sure.
Baltimore at home should be a easy one, particularly they way they have been playing this year, but they have shown a nasty habit of jumping up and biting us on the ass over the last few years (I don't think we've beaten them since before that last playoff game between us).
Buffalo in December is not a good place to be, so whilst the Bills are sub-standard this year, it is still not a game that will be easy.
The Raiders at home should again be a go-ahead, but don't forget they beat us at mile-high after losing to us in Oakland last year, so again, if this team really is better than last year's we're in the clear, but if it turns out to be a bananaskin, watch those dreams of postseason glory fade......
For my part, I do actually still feel quite positive. In fact, my humble prediction is that we go 12-4 with a loss to San Diego on the last day, but only becuase by that time the game means nothing to us and everything to the chargers. In fact, when you think about it last night's game came down to the intangibles: home-field advantage (which is always big for the Chiefs) added to which we could lose and still stay a game ahead in the division whereas the Chiefs were looking at staying home for january if they didn't beat their most hated rivals in front of their home fans.....all that and it was still a 4-point game, so maybe not so bad after all.