Broncos may be hazardous to your health
Is it really necessary for the Broncos to make things so stressful? The mad-rush Jason Elam field goal against the Bills almost gave me a coronary. Then Sunday’s overtime win against the Raiders was even more harrowing. The Broncos go up 17-3 at half before interceptions, onside kicks, challenges and a two-point conversion sends the game to OT. I thought it was over when Sebastian Janikowski made the 52-yarder, but no, thank the lucky stars Mike Shanahan called a timeout. Then Janikowski missed and Broncos got a huge break.Travis Henry was awesome, giving Elam – who may miss a few throughout the game, but sure does make them when it counts – a field goal even Mike Vanderjagt could make. I have never seen a team need so much drama and nerve-racking field goals to go 2-0. It has been so much work watching these games. I feel exhausted after they are over. Not that I am not thrilled to be 2-0 and haven’t completely freaked out and lost control of my emotions after each game-winning field goal, but can we just get a few easy ones? At this rate the Broncos are seriously on pace to take a few years off my life. If they can win them all, though, I am willing to make the sacrifice. Especially when the victory comes over the Raiders. I am a proud Raider hater, and that win is still one of the sweetest feelings. Sunday’s game goes to show you that the Bronco-Raiders rivalry is as good as ever. It doesn’t matter how bad we all think the Raiders are, what quarterback they have, or if they can’t beat anybody else, they will always come to play against Denver. The concerning factor is that the Bills and Raiders aren’t high-caliber teams. These games shouldn’t be this close. What happens when the Broncos have to play the Colts and Patriots? On the other hand, maybe the Broncos will just play to the level of whatever team they are on the field with. In that case, I can’t wait to take on Manning and Brady. So my roommate and I are going to the game next weekend when the Broncos host the Jaguars. I think Jacksonville is a mediocre team, but I really don’t know what to expect – probably another close one. The one thing I know for sure is never to overlook the Jaguars. The last time I saw the Broncos play them was a very dark day in Denver history. It was the 1996 divisional playoffs. The Broncos were supposed to roll past the Jaguars and into the AFC Championship. But that didn’t happen. The Jags won 30-27. I still vividly remember that somber walk down the ramp at Mile High in complete shock that Denver had just been upset. Of course, this game doesn’t carry the same importance, but I would still much rather be walking tall down the ramp, randomly shouting “Go Broncos” and talking about great plays made by the 3-0 Orange and Blue.Contact Joelle Milholm: 384-9124; firstname.lastname@example.org
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