Miserable offense fails strong defense in come-from-ahead loss to Colts


Offense — F

No touchdowns. Two fourth-quarter interceptions. A run game that didn’t get going until the fourth quarter, and a passing game that, outside of two big throws down the field and a pair of screen passes for chunks, had pretty much no rhythm the entire night.

This was a stinker essentially from start to finish.

The best two drives of the night for the Broncos came on the final two. They covered 72 and 70 yards, respectively, the first near the end of regulation and the second in overtime. They ended in a Russell Wilson red zone interception, which gave the Colts life just before the two-minute warning, and a fourth-and-1 shotgun pass play that was batted down by cornerback Stephon Gilmore and ended the game.

This group’s got a lot of problem-solving to do in the next week-plus.

Defense — A-

It’s difficult to ask for much more than the Denver defense provided Thursday night. They sacked Matt Ryan six times. They forced two turnovers — a pair of Caden Sterns interceptions — and caused havoc most of the night. They didn’t allow a touchdown.

That should win a team virtually every game it plays. And yet, in the face of mounting injuries — starters Josey Jewell (knee), Ronald Darby (knee) and Baron Browning (wrist) on this night alone — Ryan’s 67-yard march over 2:08 late in the game was enough to get the Colts in position to tie the game at nine. Then 45 more in overtime set up the go-ahead field goal. This loss, though, certainly is not on Ejiro Evero’s group.


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