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Broncos are for real, for a week at least

We raised last week the question of whether the Broncos are for real.  They got lucky against the Bengals and beat a couple of bad teams.

But they’d given up only 16 points in three games, and an average of 241 yards per game.

So hosting the Cowboys would give the Broncos a chance to prove that they’re no fluke.  In the PFT Picks for Week Four, yours truly decided to put some faith in coach Josh McDaniels and his overachieving team, picking them to beat the Cowboys, 17-10.

And they beat the Cowboys, 17-10.

The Broncos did it by shutting down the Cowboys’ league-leading rushing attack, holding Marion Barber to 41 yards and Tashard Choice to 43.  Quarterback Tony Romo has now gone two straight games without a touchdown pass.

But, still, the game was undecided until the very end.  After scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter to take a seven-point lead, the Broncos had to hold off the Cowboys from the doorstep of the goal line.  With Roy Williams on the sidelines due to an injury, Romo twice went to Sam Hurd, even though Hurd was covered well by Champ Bailey.

The fourth-down try landed incomplete, and one knee-bang from Kyle Orton ended the thing.

The Broncos’ ability to convert doubters might be temporary.  Next week, the 3-1 Patriots come to town.

I’ll let Rosenthal pick that one.

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59 Responses to “Broncos are for real, for a week at least”
  1. pubicreign says: Oct 4, 2009 8:00 PM

    “We raised last week the question of whether the Broncos are for real. They got lucky against the Bengals and beat a couple of bad teams.”
    ————————————————-
    Florio, are you saying Dallas is good? They are tied with the Redskins. (Your SB Pick by the way)….your choice of words disgust me.

  2. VoxVeritas says: Oct 4, 2009 8:01 PM

    I’m taking the Broncos next week.

  3. danlinker says: Oct 4, 2009 8:03 PM

    Florio, you didn’t put faith into the Broncos. You just had no faith in your beloved girls. And for good reason. Nice try though.

  4. TFBuckFutter says: Oct 4, 2009 8:03 PM

    Cowboys = overrated.
    Even though the final score was ugly, the Bucs/Cowboys game was closer than it looked.
    Not trying to take anything away from Denver, but I just don’t think Dallas is much of a measuring stick.

  5. Derrick says: Oct 4, 2009 8:03 PM

    B.S. as a Cowboys fan I feel I can honestly say the Broncos still have yet to play/beat anyone. So no they are not for real yet and won’t be until they actually beat a quality team.

  6. pubicreign says: Oct 4, 2009 8:04 PM

    Hey Vox- atleast the o-lines band got a plug…what a joke.

  7. TheWizard says: Oct 4, 2009 8:05 PM

    The Broncos’ ability to convert doubters might be temporary. Next week, the 3-1 Patriots come to town.
    So, they have to go undefeated to be any good?
    They’re 4-0, they earned it, and everybody here dumping on Josh McDaniels a month ago should man up and say they were wrong.
    ……………………..>crickets chirping

  8. milehiclown says: Oct 4, 2009 8:06 PM

    Seriously? You still don’t think my Donks are any good? I mean this nonsense of “still, the game was undecided until the very end” is so silly.
    They won. The end.

  9. rangersleadtheway says: Oct 4, 2009 8:09 PM

    the cowboys are awful and will miss the playoffs this year… again.

  10. shukey11 says: Oct 4, 2009 8:10 PM

    And I’ll take the Pats. Dallas is poo and I’m a cowboys fan. Can we please fire the following people. Wade Phillips, Jason Garret, Tony Romo, Roy Williams the 2nd and Jerry Jones. By fire Jones I mean hang him. F–K YOUR BILLION DOLLAR STADIUM I WAN SOME F–KING WINS NOW ASSHOLE

  11. Rickah99 says: Oct 4, 2009 8:12 PM

    Sorry CowBlow fans…the sand is draining out of the hourglass! Rom-0-Choke does it again! Folks, I’ve been saying for weeks now that Jessica Romo is not one of the league’s elite! Bash McNabb all you want, but he’s compiled a much better resume than Jessica’s girlfriend. I think I developed a creeper watching my boy B-Dawk get it done in another uniform. Wow Washington pulls into a tie with Dallas for battle of the NFC East basement! Look at the brightside Dallas fans…you’re not as bad as: Oakland, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, KC, or Miami….yet! LMAO…enjoy the rest of your week Cowgurl fans ;-)

  12. Snowman2008 says: Oct 4, 2009 8:13 PM

    Vox, who exactly has Denver beaten? Nobody good. They’ll be for real when they beat a real contender.
    Hardee har har!

  13. danlinker says: Oct 4, 2009 8:15 PM

    Grow a set Florio. You pick it. buk buk buk

  14. RevSkip says: Oct 4, 2009 8:18 PM

    I hope Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett have some time this week to type up those resumes. Looks like another sad year in Big D yet again. Cue Vox’s excuses for this loss.

  15. Snowman2008 says: Oct 4, 2009 8:19 PM

    Btw, does anyone here besides me see an uncanny resemblance between Wade Phillips and the character Francis in Pee Wees Big Adventure? Same build. Same pouting face.

  16. BoltFan17 says: Oct 4, 2009 8:19 PM

    I am a die hard Chargers fan and I felt I should give credit where credit is due congrats Broncos fans youre off to a hell of a start.

  17. VoxVeritas says: Oct 4, 2009 8:19 PM

    “Vox, who exactly has Denver beaten?”
    Everybody on their schedule so far. What else could they have done? And what are you laughing at? The Eagirls have played exactly one “contender” and they got blown out of their own stadium.

  18. giantstags7 says: Oct 4, 2009 8:20 PM

    even a blind squirrel finds a nut, florio.

  19. VoxVeritas says: Oct 4, 2009 8:22 PM

    “Bash McNabb all you want, but he’s compiled a much better resume than Jessica’s girlfriend.”
    You’re not going to make McNabb look any better by comparing him to anyone else. He’s the best QB the Eagirls have ever had. That’s a pretty pathetic factoid, to tell you the truth.

  20. Romo With Game on Line says: Oct 4, 2009 8:22 PM

    Once Romo gets over the hump of coming up short on the last drive I guarantee he will win a ring…look at Peyton he was bounced out of playoffs and choked a lot in the beginning but once he got it he won a ring.

  21. chapnasty says: Oct 4, 2009 8:23 PM

    As a Cowboys fan I will defend the team and say they are not over rated and the fact that they have the same record as the Redskins is an assenine argument. Seriously, you must not know a damn thing about football to make that comparison. The Redskins have beaten the Rams (the worse team in the NFL) by 2, then lost to the Lions (the third worse team in the NFL), and finally this week they beat the Bucs (the second worse team in the league) by 3. The Cowboys played the Giants and the Broncos til the end.
    Anyone who knows football knows that the problem with Dallas is Tony Romo. Their defense has played pretty well, not nearly as well as predicted but still well enough to keep their team in the game. After Romo, it’s Wade and the over rated Jason Garret. This staff needs to go, Romo needs to go, and to be honest Roy Williams needs to go as well as Crayton. I feel like the Defense is getting better and with just some upgrades in the most obvious places Dallas is a contender.

  22. jan van flac says: Oct 4, 2009 8:23 PM

    Romo Sux. He looked like a 4th string training camp QB out there.

  23. nato2424 says: Oct 4, 2009 8:25 PM

    all your bronco haters. how does that victory taste? Orange Crush is back.

  24. FireJerryJones says: Oct 4, 2009 8:27 PM

    Broncos are 4 – 0.
    Cowboys are 2 – 2.
    You are what your record says you are.
    Time to get rid of Wade and Jason. What kind of idiot keeps Witten out of the play on the last drive?

  25. stetai says: Oct 4, 2009 8:28 PM

    I still don’t see the Broncos as a threat or an elite team. I think today’s win was a mix of confidence gained from being 3-0, and the Cowboys sucking.
    How they match up against New England will be a real test. That being said I couldn’t be more surprised by the Broncos and am very impressed with Josh McDaniels, who seemed like the worst coach in NFL history before week 1.

  26. pubicreign says: Oct 4, 2009 8:28 PM

    VoxVeritas says:
    October 4, 2009 8:01 PM
    I’m taking the Broncos next week.
    ———————————————–
    Im taking KC

  27. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 4, 2009 8:30 PM

    Add the Cowboys to the list of bad teams Denver beat.
    Denver is playoff material due to solid D play and smart O play though. Cowboys are middle of pack just like the Eagurls, 8-8, 9-7 team.
    NFC East toughest division, my a**. NFC North is where it is at.
    Aikman doing Cowboys games as a commentator is a joke. The guy makes Collinsworth look pro.

  28. saturn111 says: Oct 4, 2009 8:31 PM

    to the donkeys fans who are puffing out their chests (or complaining, like the Wizard, that they “have to go 4-0 to be any good”):
    wk. 1: your team was one fluke tip away from a loss to the Bengals…I repeat…the Bengals (who needed overtime to beat the Browns).
    wk. 2: then you beat the browns.
    wk. 3: then you beat the raiders.
    wk. 4: then you almost lost to a cowboys team that has only beaten up on terrible carolina and tampa teams.
    you haven’t beaten anyone.
    NE, SD, Balt., and Pitt should tell us a little more about whether or not your team is “for real” than the Weak Sisters of the Poor you’ve beaten so far.

  29. IWanttoPunchFloriointheFace says: Oct 4, 2009 8:32 PM

    Once and for all, it doesn’t matter until the schedule has played itself out and the playoffs begin.
    If they make the playoffs and win a game or two, then Donkey fans can start blowing their horn – until then, SHUT THE HELL UP! It’s frickin’ October you morons!

  30. yoshi says: Oct 4, 2009 8:32 PM

    Like I said even if we beat dallas it would be a broken record and still is. Dallas got away with some clear out penaltys and we still won. But now dallas is not a good team. If you lose to denver you must not be a good team. That’s the justification for a broncos win. Wow. Just wow. Weak. I ecpect more integrity fans. Simply whack

  31. TheWizard says: Oct 4, 2009 8:38 PM

    I’ll take the Pats, but everybody here thought the Broncos were going to be the keystone cops of the NFL.
    Not hardly.

  32. rawisdan says: Oct 4, 2009 8:50 PM

    This team is killin’ me.

  33. Pauly1620 says: Oct 4, 2009 8:54 PM

    I’d rather be the worst 4-0 team than the best 0-4 team (Hi, Tennessee!). If by some fluke/miracle the Broncos win next week then I will officially drink the McDaniels Kool-Aid.
    Hurray for the Lord of the Neckbeards!

  34. deederbob says: Oct 4, 2009 9:05 PM

    I told you Cowgirls fans yesterday Choice wouldn’t get 50 yards on the ground. I’m curious: can Cowgirls fans still tailgate or do they have to eat crepes in one of Jerry’s mall kiosks? WAR Elvis Dumervil and the whole Denver D. Bonus WAR for Brandon Marshall’s redemption.

  35. thebootguy says: Oct 4, 2009 9:15 PM

    Where are all the Dallas fans and everybody else that said the Broncos were a ” Weak 3-0 Team ” ? What was it all of you said, ” Pretenders ” ? Well, i guess today you what you really are then right? A really piss poor 2 – 2 team! If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch! Tony Romo an elite NFL QB?
    2 – fumbles 1 lost that cost you a TD.
    1 – INT
    QB rating – 67.1
    Sounds like a $67 mil QB to me!!! LMFAO!!!!
    By the way:
    Kyle Orton:
    No turnovers
    QB rating – 117.5!!!

  36. Snowman2008 says: Oct 4, 2009 9:29 PM

    Vox, I’m a Giants fan. You know, the team that’s going to win the division again. Although the Eagles are going to wipe the field with you.
    Explain something to me. Why are we playing these football games? Didn’t JJ and WP give the Cowplops the Lombardi Trophy before the season started?

  37. Apetits says: Oct 4, 2009 9:31 PM

    “Look at putting quotes first just like Vox!”
    Beating the Cowboys means about as much as beating the Browns, Rams or Chiefs. You’re gonna need a better measuring stick than that.

  38. ProfessorEmmitt says: Oct 4, 2009 9:44 PM

    “Wade Phillips have not had time to insert this.”

  39. jan van flac says: Oct 4, 2009 9:52 PM

    “He’s the best QB the Eagirls have ever hadThat’s a pretty pathetic factoid, to tell you the truth.”
    Vox, you are truly a moron.
    He’s had a great career. This is beyond dispute.
    Toughness? 4 TD’s on a broken ankle. First quarterback in league history to throw over 30 touchdowns and less than 10 interceptions in a single season.Most consecutive pass completions, 24 (twice).Least-intercepted quarterback per pass attempt of all time, (4303 attempts-90 interceptions, 2.09%).One of six quarterbacks of all time to have over 25,000 passing yards and 3,000 rushing yards (alongside Randall Cunningham, Steve Young, Fran Tarkenton, Steve McNair, and John Elway)Currently the third-highest winning percentage among active quarterbacks (83-45-1, .647) behind Peyton Manning (119-59-0, .669) and Tom Brady (88-25-0, .779)
    The list goes on and on…
    meanwhile Romo wouldn’t even make the Eagles’ roster.

  40. MrHumble says: Oct 4, 2009 9:56 PM

    I’m not sure if the bronco’s are that good or the boys are just that bad. we know this already, the boy’s are once again only good “on paper”…..jerry jones and daniel snyder are getting what they deserve and i couldn’t be happier. two egotistical owners who have 2 lousey head coaches and 2 lousey offensive coordinators…….and that is where it starts for a winning team. guess it will be awhile before da’ boys live up to their preseason hype. there’s only one team i despise more than the broncos………..da’ boys, LOL. da’ boys are all talk from their owner down to their players

  41. Romo With Game on Line says: Oct 4, 2009 10:19 PM

    Romo is still very young why is everyone jumping down his throat because he’s come up short a couple times.

  42. TFBuckFutter says: Oct 4, 2009 10:22 PM

    “Romo With Game on Line says:
    October 4, 2009 10:19 PM
    Romo is still very young”
    What?
    He’s almost 30.

  43. VoxVeritas says: Oct 4, 2009 10:32 PM

    “He’s had a great career. This is beyond dispute. ”
    Well yeah, as far as Eagirls QBs go he’s had a great career.
    “Currently the third-highest winning percentage among active quarterbacks (83-45-1, .647) behind Peyton Manning (119-59-0, .669) and Tom Brady (88-25-0, .779)”
    Romo’s 29-14 (.674). Roethlisberger’s 52-22 (.702). Just sayin’.

  44. IWanttoPunchFloriointheFace says: Oct 4, 2009 10:39 PM

    Man, I don’t know who has the more obnoxious and ignorant fans – Denver or New England.
    Listening to either of these team’s fans is kinda like a dentist’s drill smoking up one of your teeth…or like sitting next to Fran Drescher at ‘A Night at the Improv’.
    According to Donkey fans, they’re getting ready for a trip to South Florida already (even though they don’t actually know where the SB is next year…and shhh – don’t tell them).
    And according to Patsy fans, Mr. Bundchen is the second coming of Tom Brady himself. Oh wait, that’s an oxy-moron…scratch the oxy and you have the perfect description of every NE fan ever.

  45. pubicreign says: Oct 4, 2009 10:54 PM

    Romo With Game on Line says:
    October 4, 2009 10:19 PM
    Romo is still very young why is everyone jumping down his throat because he’s come up short a couple times.
    ——————————————-
    HAHA what? Sounds like denial. Or either your flooded with Jerry Juice.

  46. Shadenfreuder says: Oct 4, 2009 11:42 PM

    Don’t worry. At the end of next week’s games the Broncos will be btching about how they got jobbed by the refs as they walk off losers to the Patriots. It’s so predictable.

  47. chapnasty says: Oct 5, 2009 12:56 AM

    Again, Cowboys fan here…
    Let me apologize for my fellow idiot Cowboys fans. This is getting ridiculous. Stop defending Romo, he sucks. With Witten and Barber any good QB could manage a football game. A good QB would spend the first half going underneath to make the defense jump the short routes. Then do the same in the second half and when the defense jumps the route, go deep to Austin or some other over rated Cowboys bum of a WR.
    I have been patient with Romo because that’s what fans do, they understand the realities of the NFL and the learning curve for the QB. But after the last 3 weeks, I’m done. Chalk this one up as a loss and move on.
    Lastly,
    PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP USING TERMS LIKE “EAGIRLS” OR “DEADSKINS” OR “LITTLE GIANTS” OR ANY OTHER LAME NAME YOU CAN THINK OF. These terms show a complete lack of ability to come up with something creative and frankly you just embarass yourself by using them… .over and over and over and…. ok I think you get the point! (the cowplops was actually pretty creative!)

  48. FelixTheCat28 says: Oct 5, 2009 2:51 AM

    I think the Cowboys fans in general may be the dumbest fans in sports.
    Do people really think we can just get rid of a QB who has a record of 29-15 as a starter and replace him with Jon Kitna and be better? Is that really the problem?? I think the broncos D is pretty damn good and we are not that good without a healthy marion barber (Didnt play minus the 1st quarter) and felix jones.
    I think its pretty much cut and dry. Obviously Romo can play better but Good lord… this is a bigger problem. You take away any teams 2 BEST RUNNINGBACKS chances are they arent going to be that effective.

  49. Quagmire says: Oct 5, 2009 6:36 AM

    Wow, this wasn’t even a big game & Gomer blows it…He usually saves these games for December.
    Could be a long season in Jonestown.
    Kool Aid anyone?

  50. Quagmire says: Oct 5, 2009 6:54 AM

    What’s with the Cowboy losers can only feel better with talk about the Eagles, (Eagirls, that’s a hoot) they didn’t even play this week?
    Did the Cowboys?

  51. bake says: Oct 5, 2009 7:23 AM

    I love the bitter arrogant cowboy fans when they lose……………………..
    And I love to remind them Kyle Orton has won more playoff games than Tony Romo
    Signed
    joe gibbs

  52. Rickah99 says: Oct 5, 2009 8:12 AM

    “Romo’s 29-14 (.674). Roethlisberger’s 52-22 (.702). Just sayin’.”
    Talk to me when Rom-O-Choke plays 100 games…oh wait, that probably won’t happen!
    I’m just sayin’
    Poor Vox…the glory days are long gone! Now it’s just a matter of picking apart the team and starting over. Should have kept Parcells for that!
    OR, you can go the Daniel Snyder route and win out every APRIL during free agency….Yeah, we all see how that turned out!
    The best part of this: Facelift Jones just built a billion dollar playpen and we all know that losses piling up equals empty seats.

  53. Kevin from Philly says: Oct 5, 2009 8:17 AM

    Hillarious – Cowboys lose to a middling Denver team and Vox is STILL talking like Dallas is a contender.

  54. VOX JONES says: Oct 5, 2009 9:10 AM

    Everybody’s missing the possitive aspect of the Game . FLOZELL didn’t get fined ! woooheee!

  55. Cecil says: Oct 5, 2009 9:35 AM

    “to the donkeys fans who are puffing out their chests (or complaining, like the Wizard, that they “have to go 4-0 to be any good”):
    wk. 1: your team was one fluke tip away from a loss to the Bengals…I repeat…the Bengals (who needed overtime to beat the Browns).
    wk. 2: then you beat the browns.
    wk. 3: then you beat the raiders.
    wk. 4: then you almost lost to a cowboys team that has only beaten up on terrible carolina and tampa teams.
    you haven’t beaten anyone.
    NE, SD, Balt., and Pitt should tell us a little more about whether or not your team is “for real” than the Weak Sisters of the Poor you’ve beaten so far.”
    You are a complete fool. Don’t know who you root for and don’t care. As Bill Parcells said, you are what your record says.
    4-0. Allowed the fewest points in the league, by far. Starting QB hasn’t committed a turnover. Player leading the league in sacks. But by all means, keep twisting yourself into a pretzel to try and diminish it.

  56. eeerockski says: Oct 5, 2009 11:59 AM

    What a joke. I knew that the usual suspects would chime in and say how Denver STILL hasn’t beat anybody and that we’re a below average team in a below average division, yada yada yada. We’re 4-0. Cry all you want, but we do have the #1 defense, only given up 26 points, and have a stellar running game, topped off with ol neckbeard playing smart and consistant, reliable football. Game manager? Maybe. But he’s yet to have a turnover. That won’t stay that way all season, and I’m sure we’re gonna lose a few before it’s all said and done, but the people who get on here and bash us just cause we beat your team need to get over it. We’re 4-0. Oh, and by the way, that’s the best we can be at this point!
    By the way, did anyone else see Jamie Dukes temper tantrum on NFL Network when they were talking about how good Denver has played. He got all hot and bothered trying to defend his criticism of Josh McDaniels. You were wrong Mr. Dukes. Get over it!

  57. CKL says: Oct 5, 2009 12:44 PM

    eeerockski-Jamie Dukes is usually my barometer of “If he bloviates in favor of it, I disagree wholeheartedly”…don’t worry about that idiot. I thought that the Broncos were correct to trade Cutler because he simply isn’t JM’s type of QB and they need the picks to rebuild their D. Kudos to Nolan for that quick transition from 4-3 to 3-4 (to date).
    I am a Pats fan and I think Denver is playing good football right now. You can only beat who is on your schedule and it’s hard to win in the NFL. Should be a good one on Sunday between our two teams.

  58. Patrian says: Oct 5, 2009 12:46 PM

    That was JUST PISS POOR play calling at the end for the cowboys.
    Seriosuly, GOING to the 4th reciever on your depth chart against CHAMP BAILEY?
    Cowboys are not well coached this year at all.
    Last thing, Miles Austin is the BEST reciever on that team. By far the fastest and has as good if not better hands. Garret is an idiot for not lining him up more.
    If that had been Miles Austin instead of Sam Hurd, the Denver backs would not have caught him.

  59. Ocelot138 says: Oct 5, 2009 1:30 PM

    Chapnasty:
    I like you. Not because you admit that the Cowboys aren’t very good this season (they’re not) but your call to reason on “Eagurls” et al.
    Too bad that’s all Vox Veritas is going to do this season, once – by about week 9 – the Boys are well out of the playoff picture. Get ready for a lot of wailing like a big, fat, mustached baby.

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