DENVER — Now Robert Ayers’s prediction won’t come true. But every other dream is still in play for the Broncos.
After the 45-10 thrashing to the Detroit Lions in Week 8, Ayers declared that the then-2-5 Broncos would finish 11-5. It was a prediction as bold as it was absurd — especially after he repeated it.
While it didn’t come true, it set forth the possibility that the Broncos could salvage a season that appeared to be at the cusp of irrelevancy. They did, and even though their winning streak stopped at six Sunday, they lost nothing else and remain at the brink of a division title.
The mood of many fans reflected this after the 41-23 loss Sunday.
A stirring streak died. Excitement and hope did not, although five turnovers in two weeks — and three fumbles in the second quarter Sunday — offers cause for concern.
It’s a rebuilding team. Chill out.
This ain’t the playoffs, still believe.
Keep on improving.
Let’s go win the next two.
No shame losing to the Pats.
Just go 10-6!
Not the end of the world.
It’s what we needed right now.
Not unhappy. hype gone, ballin’ time.
Expected, great chance to learn from.
Can’t win ‘em all, just most.
Team Loss / Hopefully Lessons Learned
Better team won, on to Buffalo.
Meh, just win the last two.
Start of next six game streak.
Would love another shot at them.
Your avatar is 0-1.
MASON: No, you’re not pinning this loss on Rupert and George.
Not ready to be elite yet.
Ugly loss. Learn. Move on. Prepare.
I want to throw up.
MASON: It has to be something you ate.
Learn from this, lose mistakes.
How we lost hurts the most.
“Someday love (mistakes) will find you.”
Too many mistakes. Upsetting. Move on. #sixwords.
Sloppiness kills! Better not be lingering.
Too many mistakes, hard to overcome.
Fumbled Ball(s) stop momentum.
Game changed with Denver’s first turnover.
Fumble, fumble, fumble, and we lose.
Shot ourselves in the foot.
Shot themselves in the foot.
We beat ourselves.
Still much to improve.
Killed by turnovers.
MASON: One exclamation point for each?
Fumbles killed us. Brady too good.
The #Denver #Broncos just got Bradyed.
Brady exposed young safety combo.
Epic fail on defense.
D screwed the pooch.
Defense got torched!
What about that “great Denver defense?”
MASON: Teams with three or more receiving targets of high quality are its kryptonite. See the Lions and Packers games for further reference.
You see that monkey at halftime?
Tim can’t win these games alone!!!
MASON: He played well. So did many other players. He also wasn’t perfect, just like many others. This was a team loss.
Thank you Detroit…