Broncos take big loss just to spite the Raiders

The Denver Broncos have a long standing feud with the Oakland Raiders, and they aren’t about to do them any favors.

Despite needing a win on Sunday night, against the Kansas City Chiefs to stay in playoff contention, the Broncos came out flat and uninspired.

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals

You might say it is just a case of Super Bowl blues, but maybe there is a little more to the story.

“No, I actually told them to just take it easy.” said Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak. “If we win that game, it would actually help the Oakland Raiders win the AFC West. That’s not happening on my watch.”

Instead, the Broncos posted what may have been their worst loss of the 2016 NFL season, and were blown out 33-10. The Denver defense allowed the Chiefs nearly 500 yards of total offense, and the Bronco offense was just 4 of 15 on third down conversions.

“We were looking at our team and we realize that we probably don’t have the talent to go win another Super Bowl this year.” confirmed executive vice president of football operations and general manager John Elway. “But we also knew that we could give the Raiders a big crap sandwich for Christmas. So we decided to go with that option.”

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid isn’t buying it.

“They can say whatever they want, the fact is they were beaten by a better team.” said Reid on Monday. “We ran better, blocked better and tackled better. Alex Smith looked like a bona fide NFL quarterack, and we even had a 400 pound defensive lineman throw a touchdown pass….hey wait a second…”


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


  • Oh sure I could write just another Daly Doses article here… but ’tis the season to be jolly. So enjoy!
  • Jingle bells, Broncos smell, Denver lost again
  • Demaryius T just dropped a pass and we can’t stop Big Ben
  • Von can’t sack, Colquitt can’t punt, Peyton’s in a boot
  • Denver fans are miserable, playoffs could be moot
  • Jingle bells, third downs smell, this offense halts the chains
  • All of those fans that were cheering for Brock are jumping off that train
  • Jingle bells, running game smells, the line keeps missing blocks
  • Thought Kubiak could run the ball
  • But now I’m missing Fox


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Daly Dose Sports Pro Football AFC West Preview

Our final NFL preview takes a look at the AFC West. Can Alex Smith throw a pass to a wide receiver? Can Peyton Manning fit into a new offense?  Will Philip Rivers have another child before I finish typing this sentence? And the Raiders…they still have a team, right?


Team Predicted finish Outlook
AFC West

Denver Broncos

11-5 The Broncos fired head coach John Fox and hired Gary Kubiak after the disappointment in the playoffs last season. Team President John Elway has made it clear that the goal is Super Bowl victory or bust. Of course you know QB Peyton Manning is going to prepare like he is a rookie every single year. Say what you will about the future Hall of Famer but success has not given him a swollen head. Nature did that.
Kansas City Chiefs 10-6 Tired of the inconsistent play of WR Dwayne Bowe the Chiefs allowed him to leave and instead signed the speedy Jeremy Maclin. They also have Jason Avant, TE Travis Kelce, and RB Jamaal Charles who should finally be fully healthy. Of course they will have QB Alex Smith shot-putting the ball out to them so does it really matter?
San Diego Chargers 9-7 After all of the talk about Philip Rivers leaving San Diego the Chargers were able to lock him up with a four year deal worth $65 million dollars. They also drafted RB Melvin Gordon out of Wisconsin to shore up their 30th ranked run offense. Drafting a running back out of Wisconsin with he hopes he can change your team…what could possibly go wrong with that? (Michael Bennett, Ron Dayne, Montee Ball, Terrell Fletcher, Brian Calhoun, Carl McCullough, Brent Moss)
Oakland Raiders 6-10 We keep hearing about how wonderful QB Derek Carr was as a rookie. Yet the Raiders ranked 32nd in total offense and rushing offense, 31st in scoring offense and their passing offense wasn’t much better coming in at 26th. I think this just shows how expectations in Oakland have changed. And to further prove that point is the fact that Raider fans are looking at this right now and saying “six wins would be awesome!”

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Daly Dose Sports Pro Football AFC North Preview

Next up is the AFC North. The Ravens want to get back to the Super Bowl. The Steelers and Bengals want to get back to the playoffs. The Browns want to go back to the 1950’s when they actually used to win.

AFC north

Team Predicted finish Outlook
AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

11-5 The Ravens lost offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak to the Denver Broncos, so they went out and hired the “quarterback whisperer” Marc Trestman. I’m not sure what he was whispering to Jay Cutler the past couple of seasons but it didn’t work.
Pittsburgh Steelers 9-7 The Steelers offense is going to have to carry a heavy load. Their defense allowed 253 yards passing per game in 2014 and now Dick LeBeau has departed. So new defensive coordinator Keith Butler has some big shoes to fill. And those shoes are like 137 years old.
Cincinnati Bengals 9-7 The Bengals have the talent. They have the weapons. They hail from a city that is starving for a winner. Of course they also have Andy Dalton. And that usually means that have a nice seat on the couch for the NFL playoffs.
Cleveland Browns 5-11 The good news is that Josh McCown might be better than Brian Hoyer was last year. The bad news is that McCown has no offensive weapons to work with and he still might be worse than Johnny Manziel.

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Next up our NFC North Preview!