With today's 15-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Denver Broncos have fallen to 2-6 on the season. Starting quarterback Joe Flacco is none too happy about it.
The two teams played a back-and-forth defensive contest, in which neither team seemed very interested in making a bold play to win it. After three scoring drives in the first four drives of the second half, the teams combined for six punts in seven drives (the other ending in a Colts fumble) before Adam Vinatieri hit the long game-winning field goal for Indianapolis.
Those punts weren't all due for a lack of decent field position for the Broncos, either. Here is what the situations looked like, in which Vic Fangio elected to kick it away, after the Colts' third quarter touchdown that cut the Broncos' lead to 13-12.
- 14:01 in the 4th quarter: 4th & 16 from Indianapolis 44-yard line
- 9:32: 4th & 11 from DEN 44
- 5:51: 4th & 12 from 50-yard line
- 1:48: 4th & 5 from IND 43
Now, those first three are difficult down and distance situations, but all were around midfield, with two in Indianapolis territory.
The final one is hard to excuse. The punt got Indianapolis back to the 11-yard line, but with plenty of time to set up a long game-winning field goal. One five-yard conversion by Flacco likely gives the Broncos a win.
After the game, Flacco, the veteran former Super Bowl MVP, was clearly unhappy with the lack of aggressiveness in the offense by Fangio and his staff, and he didn't keep that a secret after the game.
You can argue that the Broncos' decision-making is also a reflection of Joe Flacco's play. He's been less-than-stellar this year, and was 20-for-32 for 174 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in this one. QB play is an issue, but that still doesn't excuse poor game management. At 2-6, Denver is in the basement of the AFC West. The team hosts the Cleveland Browns next weekend. [
Here's Joe Flacco's full quote on the lack of aggressiveness today. pic.twitter.com/sVuFZzFymm
— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) October 27, 2019