The first half for the Broncos and Jaguars was painful until the last 50 seconds. A number of different mistakes including two sacks, some bad passes (so much for believing Orton would start out shining), and letting the Jaguars get a touchdown. Which somehow all led to Gaffney catching a pass from Orton for a touchdown. While the first half was overall painful there was still hope that the Broncos would pull through and win.
Moving onto the second half… Well it didn’t start well at all. Another sack, another touchdown by the Jaguars and my optimistic view on the game was completely shattered. That gut wrenching feeling, as when you know your team isn’t as strong as they should be, the clenching of your stomach as that sickening feeling rushes to your head… Well, that’s the exact feeling I was starting to get.
Even with the touchdown in the 3rd, with the field goal by the Jaguars overshadowing the brief feeling that perhaps the Broncos could really win this game. The sinking feeling that they weren’t going to win this first match stayed. All that was left was the fourth quarter…
Waiting for the fourth quarter took about 33 minutes as the game was delayed by lightning. The question remained… How will the Broncos do with the heat and rain?
Finally when the game picked up again a good pass, slow rushing, a time out, and finally a field goal. The gamed tied at 17-17 the hopes were alive for the Broncos, but as the Jaguars score again17-24 my prediction, just backwards. Still plenty of time, that was the thought until the Broncos didn’t get the important touchdown they needed. The Jaguars getting the ball – the Broncos need a miracle – no miracle – just an interception. The first game is over and the Denver Broncos lose this important first game of the season.
The prediction of 24-17 is reversed to 17-24, so now we have to look to next week… Can the Broncos beat the Seahawks?
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Written by Cody Maxwell