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The Denver team has dropped two games in a row under the steady hand of Coach Gary Kubiak, who steadfastly refuses to use backup quarterback Trevor Siemian when Osweiler falls apart — Dumb move.
Siemian can execute in the red zone; he proved that in pre season play. He is a cool hand Luke. Go ahead Kubiak; lose to the Bengals next week on Monday Night Football for all the world to see.
Anyway the Broncos racked up 27 points in the first half and then fell apart when the Steelers made a few adjustments and knocked them off the football field in the second half.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger got protection from the Bronco defense and started scoring points; the Steelers defense kicked the Bronco offense into punt out city for the rest of the game.
At half time the Broncos went into the locker room with a score of 27-13, and for them the game was over.
The Broncos started the second half in punt out city and remained scoreless for the rest of the game.
Roethlisberger went to work. On their second possession of the second half Roethlisberger drove to the 9 yard line and scored with a pass to wide receiver Antonio Brown to make the score 27-20.
The Broncos were back in punt out city and at the end of the third quarter managed to get a Jordan Norwood touchdown wiped out with an illegal substitution — Was that cool hand Gary Kubiak’s contribution? Oh yeah, and the finishing touch was the sack of Osweiler at the 16 yard line.
The Steelers went into the fourth quarter and tied it up 27-27 with a 69-yard drive and a touchdown on a pass from Roethlisberger to wide receiver Markus Wheaton.
Broncos went back to punt out city, interception city and lost the game on a strike from Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown following the fourth quarter interception to make the score 34-27.
Broncos went back to ZIP City and watched the game slip away. Great job, Gary. Now it looks like the Broncos might not even make the playoffs.
Broncos are now 10-4 with a good chance of being 10-5 after next week.
That is unless Peyton Manning gets well and Kubiak turns him loose.
And the Kansas City Chiefs now are 9-5 after winning their eighth consecutive game, defeating the Baltimore Ravens 34-14 Sunday. The Chiefs are now just behind the Broncos in the AFC West standings, so . . . .
The Chicago Bears are now 5-9 after losing 38-17 to the Minnesota Vikings Sunday. They now stand no chance of being in the playoffs, but Bears Coach John Fox, who coached the Broncos from 2011 through 2014, may well be amused at the Broncos’ current situation.
The Cincinnati Bengals are now 11-3 after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 24-14 Sunday. They stand first in AFC North. Doesn’t look good for the Broncos.
Then the Broncos close the season Jan. 3 playing the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers are now 4-10 after beating the Miami Dolphins 30-14. The Broncos beat the Chargers 17-3 Dec.6, but . . . .
— C.L. and H.E.