If the Broncos offense was in the hospital, it would be in intensive care. Their vital signs would be failing and a Code Blue could be coming next.
For the Broncos, it's Loss Vegas. They fell for the second time in as many trips to Sin City, and their season is effectively over.
If the Broncos miss the playoffs, he'll join a club of 76 coaches since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 who missed the postseason in each of their first three years with a club. For almost all of those coaches, it didn't get much better.
“I woke up with a big smile on my face this morning being able to come out here and be the guy this week for this team,” he said.
Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur doesn’t have much use for numbers — at least the ones beyond what appear on the scoreboard.
“My primary focus is trying to help this team win football games, trying to get into the playoffs," Bridgewater said. "The rest will take care of itself, man."
The Broncos are among the league's best in points allowed per game and per possession over the last eight weeks. But their troubles against the run could be a downfall.
The guys discuss the Broncos' potential path to the postseason and how it could be built upon some key players playing to their potential. Who do the Broncos need to step up the most?
“How are you doing?” Those words might mean nothing to you. But they meant everything to Demaryius Thomas.
The Broncos have made a heavy investment in their wide receivers. But so far this year, the dividends don’t correspond to the investment. And that isn't on the wide receivers.
If Russell Wilson is indeed open to a trade to the Denver Broncos, that could change everything about their short and long-term plans.
The more you run, the better your chances of beating the Chiefs -- which is why the Broncos need to keep it close and keep their patience Sunday night.
This has not been the kindest of seasons to Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes — to the point where one could dive into myriad statistics and actually make a comparison between Mahomes and Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
The 30 snaps Bradley Chubb received last Sunday were momentous only in what they meant: a step back towards full-tilt work, just when the Broncos need it most with the days growing shorter and a potential push for the playoffs looming.