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For Broncos fans, a 5-5 record has never felt better

Sports Geek
Jeff Sauer
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Sauer

Maybe it’s the way the Broncos put themselves back into contention that makes it all so gratifying.

Approaching the toughest part of their schedule with a 1-4 record and their season down the drain, the Broncos decided to get defensive about it.

From small beginnings come great things?

The Broncos are proving to be a hard team for opposing coaches to figure out, let alone by their own fans. They’re running an unconventional, college-style offense with a quarterback they don’t trust enough to throw the ball, and they’re pulling it off somehow.

But the real “props” go to their revitalized defense.

Last Thursday, Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil led the defensive charge that put the whammy on the pompous New York Jets in front of a national TV audience, and the Broncos evened their record at 5-5 in the process.

The stage is now surprisingly set for a good old-fashioned AFC Wild West shootout against the Chargers and Raiders down the stretch.

It’s quite the achievement from a team that was left for dead, even amongst the hard-core Bronco loyalists that wrote them off – myself included.

The “smoke and mirrors” offense needs some serious tweaking before the next six games, although the Broncs do have 10 days to prepare for San Diego, a team that averages 30-plus points against them in recent times.

It’s been a nice run. It’s also time to let Tebow throw the ball.

For all the hype about the Green Bay Packers going undefeated comes the reality of just how hard that is to accomplish – at any level of football.

All good things will come to an end for the hordes of Packer backers in this valley on Thanksgiving Day. Remember, you were forewarned, so don’t start chucking deviled eggs at the dog and frightening the children when it happens. Ya can’t win ’em all. Lions 31, Packers 28.

Besides, you’re going back to the Super Bowl. Don’t get greedy.

One more note about the Packers: Head coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t get enough credit for his play-calling, period.

McCarthy likes to spread the wealth, much like Sean Payton does down in New Orleans. They’re both unsurpassed at utilizing all of their weapons and going straight for the other team’s jugular, sans New England’s Bill Belichick, perhaps.

Something is just not right with the Avalanche.

Even when they’re going good during stretches, they buckle under pressure and play without confidence once the game turns against them. It’s called “playing not to lose,” and it’s hard to teach a young team otherwise.

Hockey is full of momentum swings, and the Avs simply need to play through them by counter-punching some of the punches they’re taking. If they don’t do so soon, a coaching change is all but guaranteed in the next few weeks, if not days.

Jeff Sauer is a longtime western Colorado resident and former Roaring Fork Valley resident. He can be reached at

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