Broncos report card: Denver’s defense collapses, offense stagnates as big lead evaporates in home loss vs. Washington


Hard to start much better than the Broncos did Sunday, scoring touchdowns on their first three drives. They ran the ball. They hit big plays in the passing game. They rolled to a 21-3 lead. At one point, they were averaging better than 12 yards per snap. Then? A Wilson fumble, a pair of three-and-outs and an interception as Washington roared back to tie the game. All of the good from the early drives turned into a stretch that featured 13 plays, a total of two net yards and a pair of turnovers. Overall, Denver’s 33-point scoring output looks a lot better on paper than it did in practice for most of Sunday. But hey, Brandon Johnson made a heck of a play on that Hail Mary, right?


The Broncos defense is off to an inauspicious start in 2023. Timely stops? Nope. Tackling? OK early on Sunday afternoon and embarrassing for most of the final three quarters. Big plays? Well, they generated more pressure in Week 2 than Week 1, but didn’t do enough around it. They held firm on two early 45-yard drives that resulted in just three points, but then gave up 18 points in a five-minute span across halftime. That was just the start. Over Washington’s last six possessions before a three-and-out late, the Commanders went touchdown, field goal, touchdown, missed field goal, touchdown, touchdown. That’s not going to cut it.

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The best play of the season so far from the Broncos special teams units came compliments of dynamic rookie Marvin Mims, Jr., who returned a second-quarter punt 45 yards to set up Denver’s third touchdown drive. Tremon Smith had a fighting chance at recovering an onside kick late, but for the second straight week the Broncos came up just …read more

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