Patriots 41, Broncos 23: Six Words or Less

Tim Tebow

TEBOW: ... like the entire team Sunday, had some moments of brilliance, but a critical mistake.

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.


bpitteri
It’s a rebuilding team. Chill out.

LadyAryaStark
This ain’t the playoffs, still believe.

ItalianD
Keep on improving.

Iron4Horse
Let’s go win the next two.

matt_1979
No shame losing to the Pats.

DonOlmstead
Just go 10-6!

OzBronco
Not the end of the world.

cgoliver
It’s what we needed right now.

Mikedecicco
Not unhappy. hype gone, ballin’ time.

pr_rasta
Expected, great chance to learn from.

RhettRothberg
Can’t win ‘em all, just most.

MoonMan1231
Team Loss / Hopefully Lessons Learned

scottnash80
Better team won, on to Buffalo.

jl_weber
Meh, just win the last two.

joehowarddesign
Start of next six game streak.

amac1515
Would love another shot at them.

MinimalBroncos
Your avatar is 0-1.

MASON: No, you’re not pinning this loss on Rupert and George.

Rupert and George

Did not fumble, muff a punt or miss a tackle Sunday, thus, not responsible.

sportsnetto
Not ready to be elite yet.

McSmashie
Ugly loss. Learn. Move on. Prepare.

kareng1003
I want to throw up.

MASON: It has to be something you ate.

BDawkRocks
Learn from this, lose mistakes.

DaveyBilo
How we lost hurts the most.

SpaceCowboyInLG
“Someday love (mistakes) will find you.”

mikebirty
Too many mistakes. Upsetting. Move on. #sixwords.

MadVillainCK
Sloppiness kills! Better not be lingering.

ShaMac13
Too many mistakes, hard to overcome.

Orange_n_Blue
Fumbled Ball(s) stop momentum.

dchans62
Game changed with Denver’s first turnover.

Shadez2270
Turnovers hurt.

StewbotTalborg
Fumble, fumble, fumble, and we lose.

mgrantporter
Shot ourselves in the foot.

J_Middles
Shot themselves in the foot.

Shadez2270
Beat ourselves.

PastorJoseph77
We beat ourselves.

MINDOFDAVIS
Still much to improve.

jake4eva3
Killed by turnovers.

FredinAyres
3 FUMBLES!!!

MASON: One exclamation point for each?

jswitte
Fumbles killed us. Brady too good.

_cjc502
The #Denver #Broncos just got Bradyed.

lomaxgr
Brady exposed young safety combo.

tprintz1129
Epic fail on defense.

boydy2669
D screwed the pooch.

isaacaolivarez
Defense got torched!

ballinnickcast
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.

Dreesha
You see that monkey at halftime?

Schnowzerz
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.

Third_Eye84
Thank you Detroit…

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About Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason has covered the NFL since 1999, when he worked as an editor on NFL.com when the site was managed by ESPN.com. He worked six seasons (2002-07) covering the Broncos on their official website and two (2008-09) on the Panthers' site. He began MaxDenver.com in 2010 and now contributes to CBSSports.com, The Sporting News and The New York Times.
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