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Part of that has come down Phillip Lindsay Color Rush Jersey to the teams inability to score more points in those close games. Holding the Houston Texans to 19 points at home should be a win most weeks, but under Vance Joseph they are piling up Emmanuel Sanders Color Rush Jersey the losses.After reviewing film, Joseph talked about what the Broncos need to do moving forward to generate different results in the scoreboard.“I think offensively we have to obviously start faster and score more points early,” Joseph said on Monday. “Obviously, being better in the red zone and being better on third downs—the numbers don’t lie there. I think defensively we had a couple games where we didn’t stop the run. Our nickel run defense wasn’t very good. Our base run defense was really good. Obviously, taking the ball away more and helping our team that way, we need more of that. On special teams, our return units have to get better. There’s a lot of things that we watched and saw that we can get better at.”The defense and special teams units seem to be mostly doing enough to win games. The struggles are coming from the offense. Despite Case Keenum having his best game of the season, the Broncos came away with a mere 17 points at home. That’s not going to win many games.For Joseph, the key is starting faster. “I think the first 15-20 plays of the game, you can tell right away if your plan is pretty good or if your plan is not good or if it’s player error,” Joseph said. “In my experience in this league, in that first 15-20 plays, you can tell right away. If your plan is good, if your team matches up well, you just know. I think in the first 15-20 on both sides of the ball, we have to play better football. Last week against the Texans, the first drive Gary Zimmerman Jersey , they score on us. Now, we had some player error in that drive that we can’t have, but offensively, we didn’t get our first first down until almost the second quarter. We can’t have droughts like that and expect to win games.”In a bit of irony, the Broncos have been starting fast. They rank second in the NFL in first-quarter scoring behind only the Kansas City Chiefs. It has been after the first quarter where the offense has faltered. They rank 24th in second-quarter scoring, 19th in third-quarter scoring, and 26th in fourth-quarter scoring.Apparently, Joseph is talking about just this last game and not taking the entire season into account. Starting fast is important, but finishing is even more vital and the Broncos offense isn’t finishing anything after that first quarter in games.For Joseph, everything is on the table and desperation is setting in.“Absolutely, our team is desperate,” Joseph said. “When you watch us play, we do play a desperate brand of football. I told the guys, hope can’t be your strategy. You can’t hope to win, you can’t luck-in to win an NFL game. It’s too hard. We have to play better football. We have to score more points early and play dominant defense. That’s our brand of football. Hope can’t be your strategy. You’ve got to play better.”We saw that brand of desperation last week as Joseph chased points at the end of the first half with an inadvisable 62-yard field goal attempt that ended up giving the Texans the decisive field goal. We saw that desperation when he again settled for a 50-plus yard field goal instead of risking a negative play at the end of the game.“Whatever it takes,” Joseph said when asked how the team will score more points. “It’s as simple as that. Score more points—whatever it takes.”The Broncos must win. Whatever it takes. The Monday Night Football game featuring the Chiefs and Rams was not only an offensive spectacle to behold, but it has the football community buzzing about the implications this has for the future of the NFL.To many, this game was the culmination of a turning point in the league https://www.broncosfanstore.com/Garett-Bolles-Jersey , one that we have been talking about for awhile; a league where points are plentiful, yards even more so, passing is the preferred method to get there, and defenses are just trying to disrupt and slow them down.Whether you are happy about the shift as a football fan (we could talk all day about that, I’m sure), it is undeniable that this evolution is nearly complete and we are now in the modern NFL. This isn’t a fad that will pass, this will only become more of the status quo as other teams rush to keep up.This is exactly the conversation Benjamin Allbright had on Orange and Blue 760 with the 1st & 10 at 10 crew. This is something both Allbright and Daniel Jeremiah have been talking about today in light of last night’s game. They have been bringing up excellent points about how we think about great teams and good defenses. Take the Eagles last year, for example, who won a Super Bowl in which they gave up over 600 yards of total offense and 33 points, but came up with a clutch strip sack to win the game. Same story last night, as the Rams defense gave up 51 points, the first time in NFL history a team has allowed that many points and still won the game, yet it was the defense who made the difference by scoring two touchdowns and forcing five total turnovers.Which leads to a lot of interesting conversations that have been happening for awhile now, but are being accelerated by last night’s game - what does it take to win in today’s NFL?Jeremiah had a great checklist he put out, that I think is pretty accurate.We could debate the list, and would certainly love to here your thoughts in the comments, but for my money, this feels pretty darn close. So naturally I wanted to see how Denver stacks up in each of these categories Jake Butt Color Rush Jersey , especially as we begin to evaluate the roster going into the end of this season to really hone in on the areas that need most improvement.QB (0/1)I think we all know the answer here. Denver is still in search of their quarterback of the future, and until they find him, they will be on the outside looking in of the top tier of the NFL. An NFL that requires you score 30+ points regularly (Rams, Chiefs, and Saints all average over 35 PPG), and occasionally need to win in shootout fashion means you have to have a quarterback that can hang in that situation. Pass Rushers (2/2)Denver is in a good spot here with Bradley Chubb’s emergence, and the best edge rusher in the game, in Von Miller. For at least the next few years Denver should be good in this category. That’s not to say they couldn’t add some interior pressure here, though.Offensive Playmakers (2/3)I am counting just Emmanuel Sanders and Philip Lindsay in this category for now. Sanders absolutely deserves to be here as he has proven ability to take over games, and is an elite talent who makes extraordinary plays, regularly. Maybe it’s a bit premature to put Lindsay here, but I don’t think so. He has the makings of a special, special player, and is one that is a huge differentiator for your offense. Courtland Sutton and Royce Freeman are still need to show me some more before I would confidently put them here, but they have the potential to turn into that for Denver, giving them three solid offensive playmakers to build around.Defensive Playmakers (1/3)Jeremiah clarified that this does not include pass rushers and is more speaking to the 2nd and 3rd levels. I feel like this is where Denver is severely lacking, and we’re seeing the effects of it on results this year. Chris Harris is the only player I would put in this category. Justin Simmons is a guy I would have potentially penciled in here last year, but he has had a very disappointing season thus far. Su’a Cravens also has potential to be this in the future Billy Turner Jersey , but has just not seen the field enough.Denver desperately needs to find a true playmaker on the backend, whether that is a versatile safety, a do-it-all linebacker, or another shut down corner.Quality OL (2/3)I’m being generous here by counting Ronald Leary and Matt Paradis, both who are on IR, and are not currently signed through next year. If neither of them are retained, obviously that sets the count back.Garrett Bolles is not anywhere near being ready to put in this category. Connor McGovern is showing promise, so he would be on the watch list here. Denver is still in need of solid, foundational talent on the offensive line that can stay healthy and allow the Broncos to build continuity here.So it looks like there’s some work to do. Also, imagine what this list would look like if it weren’t for the 2018 draft class. The future of Denver’s roster really does rise and fall on the success of this class, and perhaps the next one to come, as they will be the new core the Broncos build around for the future.Lastly, this exercise from Jeremiah (who is a former scout) was only focused on roster building, while also recognizing that there is a coaching component to take into account as well that we haven’t even touched in this list.That said, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Do you agree with my list? Who would you add, or not include?