Broncos’ losing streak runs to four after offense wilts again in second half against Jets


One of the most common refrains among the frustrated is the idea that someway, somehow, the good stuff just has to happen. It just has to.

Luck or skill or brute force matters not. Let good prevail once and all of the struggles will be in the rearview mirror.

Denver head coach Nathaniel Hackett, wide receiver Courtland Sutton and several others in the Broncos locker room Sunday afternoon reached that point in the wake of a fourth consecutive loss, this one a 16-9 home failure against the New York Jets.

“Opportunities, I know I sound like a broken record, but they’re there and we’ve got to capitalize on them,” Hackett said. “It’s that simple. Once we start doing that, we’ll be able to see this thing turned around a little bit. But until then, it’s going to be the same story. We’ll be in a close game and we’ve got to win that (dang) thing.”

The question coming out of Denver’s most recent defeat — and it is not the first time the issue has been raised over this team’s 2-5 start to the Hackett era — is whether they even really gave themselves a chance in the second half.

This offense, bad in almost every way and by every metric this season, has been wretched in the third quarter and, more generally, after halftime. Again, the Broncos found themselves without answers down the stretch. Over the first 30 minutes of play and Brett Rypien at quarterback rather than Russell Wilson, Denver did several things teams need to do in order to win ugly.

It ran 39 plays to the Jets’ 24.

It held the ball for 19 minutes, 4 seconds to the Jets’ 10:56.

It had 12 first downs to the Jets’ five.

It ran the ball 21 times for a churning, if not explosive, 72 yards and a Latavius Murray touchdown.


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