DENVER –The Broncos fanbase, a collective force during the team’s glory days, found itself in schism after the Week 1 loss to the Raiders. Sunday’s win over Cincinnati put it back together — at least temporarily.
Below are some of your brief thoughts from the moments after Denver hung on for a 24-22 win to improve to 1-1.
SALUTING THE GRITTY, IF INELEGANT EFFORT …
Great, gritty tough-it-out game.
The new norm: tough and ugly
Ugly wins beat losses every day.
Ugly, but much needed.
Tough win through major adversity.
Broncos show character in overcoming injuries.
Even with many injuries, we won!
Amazing resilience from next man up.
Next Man Up.
MASON: The catchphrase is catching on around these parts.
Thank you Eric Decker!
Thank goodness for Eric Decker.
MASON: And there’s a “next man” on his way to becoming “the man.” He looks like a keeper from these eyes.
Very gritty win considering the injuries.
Defense made plays when it counted.
This defense has lots of heart.
THE BIG PICTURE BEYOND WEEK 2 …
Injuries, tough schedule, we’re in trouble.
That was close. When’s the draft?
A win, but must get better.
Dalton impressive. Too many injuries. Win.
MASON: Yes, the Bengals look like they have themselves a keeper in Andy Dalton … which, if they finish with a top-five pick in next year’s draft, could make their decision in a quarterback-rich draft a fascinating one. Speaking of which …
FOR SOME, THE QUARTERBACK POSITION REMAINS THE ISSUE …
Orton Orton Orton Orton for now!
Relieved, still don’t believe in Orton.
MASON: This was not a game that would convince anyone on either side of the quarterback debate to change one’s mind.
Broncos now trailing in Luck sweepstakes.
Goodbye, Andrew Luck. Miss you.
Orton needs a lot less turnovers.
Orton still Bengals MVP START TEBOW.
Orton should have thrown to Tebow.
MASON: Because an emergency wide receiver pressed into service this week should always be the first option, right?
THE REALISTS …
Way too close for comfort.
We must remain cautiously optimistic, fans.
Good win. Offense still needs work.
Good defense outlasted crappy offense. Win.
Don’t play the Bungles every week.
Luck, big plays overcame many mistakes.
We just need some more fire.
MASON: It looked from my press-box angle that there was plenty of it.
Disappointed with a win. Weird.
MASON: Yet I would offer this is a win that should yield more celebration that most, given that it came without so many starters.
Win despite Vaughn and Clady.
MASON: Cassius Vaughn clearly struggled at times. Ryan Clady had an unusual performance for him, with two holding penalties and a fumble. But on the positive side, offensive line coach Dave Magazu’s star pupil in Carolina, Jordan Gross, got off to a shaky start in 2008 before finding his footing and finishing the year as a Pro Bowler.
Still a long way to go.
At least we won one.
BUT WHEN IT CAME DOWN TO IT, IT WAS A WIN ABOVE ALL …
Orange Crush is back in town!
Relief, hopeful, optimistic, proud.
Feels good to get a win.
A win’s a win’s a win!
AND A MOMENTARY PEACE SETTLES ACROSS BRONCOS COUNTRY …
The forums won’t melt down tonight.