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  • The Broncos curse of 6 and 0!

    Yeah, I put an exclamation point at the end of the title! Because we're cursed, I tell you! Cursed!

    Okay, that's a little dramatic. But, there is at least a little history behind it.

    In the Broncos 44-year history, they (we, damn you!) have started 6-0 six times. They've made it to 7-0 only once.

    The first time it happened was the first Broncos season I can remember. Game 7 in 1977 was against the hated Oakland Raiders. We had beaten them in week five, in the "It's all over, fat man" game. The final in that game was Broncos 30, Raiders 7 - a score I would remember throughout my childhood. It was a score that has always been sort of sacred to me. Week seven rolls around, and we lose, 24-14.

    The next time it happened was 1986. The team had cruised through the first six games with relative ease. But those six wins had come against mostly weak competition. When game 7 came around, I couldn't stop thinking about how we had lost during the same week almost ten years earlier. I just knew it would turn out the same. We lost, 22-10.

    Next was 1997. This was the one I had totally forgotten (credit spdirty). This season had been highly anticipated, after the previous season ended with arguably the most painful loss in Broncos history. They came out of the gate with a chip on their shoulder. The closest game among the first six was an eight-point win at the young and talented Falcons. Then came game seven against the lowly Raiders (finished 4-12 that year). I, of course, remembered the team's history in week sevens. The Raiders had been 2-4; but their losses had been mostly close, and heartbreaking. Still, seven weeks in (six games, plus a bye week), they were already out of the division race. If the Broncos lost here, it would cement this as being more than an anomaly. It would be a full-blown curse! Jeff George threw for 96 yards (Jeff George! 96 freaking yards!). Final score: Raiders 28, Broncos 25. We need a priest, stat!

    Next came 1998. This time, it's the hated Jacksonville Jaguars. They were 5-1, and had just lost for the first time the week before. I heald my breath, thinking more than I should about the first three times we had been in this position. I had a bad feeling about it - was almost positive it would happen again. But alas, that Broncos team was too good for curses, and they won, 37-24. The curse was broken, and we won sis more in a row before we lost.

    Then came 2009. Holy crap! This Josh McDaniels kid is magic! He can't do anything wrong! He's going to be the coach in this town for the next fifteen years! Sure, he sweats and stutters a lot at press conferences. Bill Belichick's press conferences are just as awkward, and he's won, like, seventeen Super Bowls! So, we're 6-0, and I think to myself, "Self, the 6-0 curse you imagined as a kid was silly! We broke that sucker in '98! I don't care if we are playing at the Ravens, who always seem to have our number. We're a different team now!" The result? Ravens 30, Broncos 7. Ironically - perhaps mockingly - it shares the score with the most sacred game of my childhood. I have no doubt that the curse is reborn. Only now, it's covered with a thin, fetid coating of Josh McDaniels!

    But did the curse ever actually die? Or was it just stunned into submission by the brilliance of that 1998 team?

    So, here we are - 2013. We're 6-0. Game seven looks to be the most difficult one of the season, to this point. We're 1-4 in Game 7s, after starting 6-0. In those previous four 6-0 starts, we are 30-0 through six weeks. In week seven, we have a .200 winning percentage.

    So, what say ye? Does the curse continue?
    Last edited by DomCasual; 10-14-2013, 02:07 PM.

  • #2
    If it does, there's no shame in that loss. That's gonna be a tough game

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    • #3
      Manning has a little extra motivation that will carry us...

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      • #4
        Didn't you hear we lost by a winning margin of 16 today.......
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        • #5
          Originally posted by DomCasual View Post
          Yeah, I put an exclamation point at the end of the title! Because we're cursed, I tell you! Cursed!

          Okay, that's a little dramatic. But, there is at least a little history behind it.

          In the Broncos 44-year history, they (we, damn you!) have started 6-0 five times. They've made it to 7-0 only once.

          The first time it happened was the first Broncos season I can remember. Game 7 in 1977 was against the hated Oakland Raiders. We had beaten them in week five, in the "It's all over, fat man" game. The final in that game was Broncos 30, Raiders 7 - a score I would remember throughout my childhood. It was a score that has always been sort of sacred to me. Week seven rolls around, and we lose, 24-14.

          The next time it happened was 1986. The team had cruised through the first six games with relative ease. But those six wins had come against mostly weak competition. When game 7 came around, I couldn't stop thinking about how we had lost during the same week almost ten years earlier. I just knew it would turn out the same. We lost, 22-10.

          Next came 1998. This time, it's the hated Jacksonville Jaguars. They were 5-1, and had just lost for the first time the week before. Once again, I was thinking of the first two times it had happened. I just had a bad feeling about it - was almost positive it would happen again. But alas, that Broncos team was too good for curses, and they won, 37-24. The curse was broken, and we won seven more in a row before we lost.

          Then came 2009. Holy crap! This Josh McDaniels kid is magic! He can't do anything wrong! He's going to be the coach in this town for the next fifteen years! Sure, he sweats and stutters a lot at press conferences. Bill Belichick's press conferences are just as awkward, and he's won, like, seventeen Super Bowls! So, we're 6-0, and I think to myself, "Self, the 6-0 curse you imagined as a kid was silly! We broke that sucker in '98! I don't care if we are playing at the Ravens, who always seem to have our number. We're a different team now!" The result? Ravens 30, Broncos 7. Ironically - perhaps mockingly - it shares the score with the most sacred game of my childhood. I have no doubt that the curse is reborn. Only now, it's covered with a thin, fetid coating of Josh McDaniels!

          But did the curse ever actually die? Or was it just stunned into submission by the brilliance of that 1998 team?

          So, here we are - 2013. We're 6-0. Game seven looks to be the most difficult one of the season, to this point. We're 1-3 in Game 7s, after starting 6-0. In those previous four 6-0 starts, we are 24-0 through six weeks. In week seven, we have a .250 winning percentage.

          So, what say ye? Does the curse continue?
          Peyton has something to prove and Von is going to crack some skulls. 7-0 here we come

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          • #6
            It might just be that starting 7-0 is a rare occurrence in the NFL...

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            • #7
              Our D is going to have to play their best game of the season if we are to go 7-0.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by OBF1 View Post
                Our D is going to have to play their best game of the season if we are to go 7-0.
                We need Wood and Ayers back. Add in Von and we'll know what we're capable of moving forward.

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                • #9
                  Next week will be a great game. I am really looking forward to it. It turns out this was a bit of a let down week for our guys. Too many mistakes. We still won by 16 but nobody is going to deny we could have easily won by 20 or more. This coming week however, I think our guys will be very motivated not only because PM is going home but for the defense to get Miller back, that's going to amp those guys up quite a bit.

                  Miller is going to be HUNGRY.

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                  • #10
                    Edited for self-derp.
                    Last edited by TheElusiveKyleOrton; 10-14-2013, 05:20 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TheElusiveKyleOrton View Post
                      In 1998, we didn't lose til @NYG in week 14 or so. Don't think we even played the Jagwads that season.
                      as he posted....we played them in week 7 and won....as in the only time Denver has ever been 7-0

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 2KBack View Post
                        as he posted....we played them in week 7 and won....as in the only time Denver has ever been 7-0
                        Whoops.

                        Coffee before posting, kids. Always coffee before posting.

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                        • #13
                          Hard to believe, but for all of you Broncos history buffs out there, you all forget to remember the most memorable season in Broncos history. 1997. We also went 6-0 that year while outscoring our opponents 190-85 before losing 28-25 at Oakland and falling to 6-1.

                          http://www.pro-football-reference.co...s/den/1997.htm
                          Last edited by spdirty; 10-14-2013, 06:09 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Can't hear you over the sound of awesomeness.





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                            • #15
                              Short week for Indy and they'll be travelling from CA.

                              This is the same Indy that barely beat Oakland at home.

                              PMFM will be extra focused and motivated for this one and, as a result, he'll make sure the rest of the team will as well.

                              We got this.

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