Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

Doses

  • The 12-4 Denver Broncos clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs on Sunday by beating the 4-12 San Diego Chargers behind the injured/benched Peyton Manning who came on in relief of Brock Osweiler to get the win.
  • Because of course he did.
  • Nothing else has made sense this season. So why should we expect it to start now?
  • The Broncos started this season with seven straight wins.
  • But four of those wins came via crazy last second plays.
  • That makes no sense.
  • Denver then lost two games in a row and Manning looked to possibly be finished.
  • He was benched in Week 10 against the Chiefs with a foot injury but we all knew what had really happened.
  • Father Time had finally caught up with him.
  • The Broncos then proceeded to win three straight games under backup quarterback Brock Osweiler including a win over the undefeated defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
  • Which doesn’t really make much sense.
  • But Denver then dropped back to back games against the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • And Denver led both of those games in convincing fashion in the first half.
  • That certainly didn’t make any sense.
  • But the Broncos somehow found a way to beat the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime last week coming back from a 14 point deficit to clinch a playoff berth.
  • And then on Sunday, the top seeded Patriots lost their second game in a row and the Broncos scored on their second play from scrimmage, a 72 yard pass from Osweiler to Demaryius Thomas. And it looked like the Broncos would cruise to the top seed.
  • But then they turned it over five times and the 4-11 Chargers took a 13-7 lead in the third quarter.
  • With so much to gain for the Broncos from a win, and nothing to gain for the Chargers, none of this was making any sense.
  • So head coach Gary Kubiak decided to go with his gut. Brock Osweiler hadn’t played poorly. But the Broncos needed a boost.
  • He reinserted Manning into the lineup.
  • The hometown crowd went wild and the Broncos reeled off 20 second half points to get the win and clinch the top seed in the AFC.
  • Manning went a very workmanlike 5 for 9 for 69 yards. No touchdowns. No interceptions. But no turnovers while he was in the game.
  • And no one dared to put the ball on the ground with the Sheriff on the field.
  • Denver now heads into the postseason with homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.
  • The Broncos have beaten the No. 2 and No 3 seeds in the AFC (New England and Cincinnati) but have lost to the two Wild Card teams (Kansas City and Pittsburgh).
  • Oh and we have no idea who the starting quarterback is going to be.
  • Which when you think about it… the way this season has gone…kind of makes perfect sense.
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