Broncos offense goes from bad to catastrophic in 12-9 overtime loss to Colts


The Denver Broncos came up inches short on Thursday night.

Their offense, however, is miles from where it needs to be.

The Broncos failed on fourth-and-inches in overtime, five yards from the end zone and victory against the Indianapolis Colts at Empower Field, when Russell Wilson fired incomplete over the middle to Courtland Sutton.

The 12-9 loss goes down as the worst in a string of lackluster offensive performances to open the Russell Wilson era in Denver.

After a Chase McLaughlin field goal gave Indianapolis the lead with 5 minutes, 50 seconds, remaining in overtime, Wilson hit Melvin Gordon for 24 yards on a screen, then found Jerry Jeudy wide open for 37 up the right sideline, setting up Denver with a final chance to win.

Three straight snaps, Wilson handed to Gordon, who started for the injured Javonte Williams, and he picked up nine-plus yards.

Instead of running the ball one more time with less than a yard to gain and the game in the balance, the Broncos instead operated out of the shotgun and came up empty.

It never should have come to that in the first place.

The Broncos led 9-6 in the waning minutes and looked primed to put the game away, but Wilson was picked off by cornerback Stephon Gilmore in the end zone with 2:13 remaining.

Instead of moving, at the very least, past the two-minute warning and attempting a field goal to go up by six  – if not punch in a put-away touchdown – Wilson’s ill-advised attempt at a slant route to reserve wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland gave the Colts one last chance with the ball.

Matt Ryan, harassed the entire night and sacked six times in regulation, led the Colts 67 yards in 2:08 and McLaughlin knocked home his third field goal of the night to send the game into overtime.


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