When can you be 6-0 and not favored to represent your conference in the Super Bowl?
When you’re the Denver Broncos.
The Jacksonville Jaguars went to Denver as the biggest underdogs in NFL history but easily covered the 28-point spread, losing 35-19. That’s because the Broncos’ defense has more holes than a spaghetti strainer.
The Jaguars can’t run the ball, their most productive receiver was hurt and their quarterback gets around more than Lindsay Lohan. Yet still, the Jags managed to score on the ground, in the air and on defense against the heavily-favored Broncos. And it’s not the first time. Dallas ripped the Orange Slush for 48 points and more then 500 yards passing last week. And of course, we all remember the playoff loss to the Ravens last season when Joe Flacco looked more like Joe Montana.
“Sometimes, you score a lot of points and people take it for granted,” quarterback Peyton Manning said after the game. “Even people in your own building can take it for granted. It’s not easy to win football games. I learned a long time ago, don’t take winning for granted.”
The Broncos may not be a paper tiger on offense but if their defense continues to leak oil like a ’78 Pinto then teams like Kansas City, New England and Indianapolis will jump on them like a hobo on a hoagie. An early indication could come next week when the Broncos face the Colts in a key AFC showdown.