Lean times for Broncos fans
by Dave Gibson
It has been 27 years (1990) since the Denver Broncos have lost six straight games. Home Alone and Edward Scissorhands were popular at the box office and the show Twin Peaks premiered on television. Milli Vanilli was caught lip synching, and Lech Walesa was elected president of Poland. East and West Germany were unified, and Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, triggering Operation Desert Storm.
1975 was the last time Cincinnati had beaten the Broncos when Bengals founder Paul Brown coached the team. People were driving AMC Gremlins and buying their gasoline for 44 cents per gallon. Houses cost an average of $39,300. The first disposable razor was introduced and the movie Jaws is released. Angola gains independence from Portugal. Newspaper heiress Patty Hearst makes the FBI’s Most Wanted list and is arrested. Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa disappears. North Vietnam makes its final push southward to end the Vietnam War.
Welcome to 2017. The Broncos started this year delivering on high expectations. Compiling a 3 – 1 record under quarterback Trevor Siemian entering their bye week, the future looked bright in Broncos Country. Then things began to unravel. When the winless Giants came to town, everyone expected a victory. Denver lost 23 – 10. Next, the Chargers skunked them 21 – 0 in Los Angeles. The Chiefs had their number on Monday Night Football to the tune of 29 -19. A bad omen for things to come, the unproductive offense was leaving the “D” on the field too long and they were giving up big plays. Covering tight end and running back routes became problematic. With poor offensive line play, the Broncos couldn’t get their running attack going and were having trouble protecting the quarterback. Mistakes were made by a shell-shocked Siemian. For the next game against the Eagles, former and current quarterback Brock Osweiler got the call. The 51 – 23 shellacking administered by the Eagles is when the wheels really came off the cart. Osweiler ended the day with three interceptions and the defense looked atrocious. Play at the quarterback position improved for their next game at Mile High versus the Patriots, but special teams gave up 24 points in a 41 – 16 debacle.
Enter the Bengals: Both teams stood at three wins and six losses in a must-win scenario. The Broncos fought valiantly, but were unable to turn the tide. Final score: Bengals 20, Broncos, 17.
Fondly recalling the glory days, the highlights of the afternoon were four Broncos receiving their Hall of Fame rings, and recently deceased Coach Red Miller being enshrined in the Broncos Ring of Fame facade.
Dave Gibson has been a contributor at the Weekly Register-Call for over a dozen years. To view past articles and pictures go to: www.DaveGibsonImages.com.