The Broncos are in a hole and digging deeper |

The Broncos are in a hole and digging deeper

Green Bay is next? Ouch

Denver Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) looks menacingly at Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, and doubtless draws a 15-yard penalty for roughing the passer.
Jack Dempsey | Associated Press file photo

Hey, the Bears finally made a clutch kick.

OK, that was the wrong audience for that joke. But seriously after the double doink against the Eagles in the playoffs, Chicago was due.

Reaction No. 1: The Bradley Chubb roughing-the-passer penalty was absolutely bogus. This is still tackle football, in theory.

Reaction No. 2: Yes, the Broncos got jobbed, but you still have to play defense and they allowed a 25-yard completion on fourth-and 15, and that set up the field goal. Come on, you’ve got to close.

Reaction No. 3: Nothing to do with the final Bears’ drive, but Garett Bolles is terrible.

Reaction No. 4: We told you that Joe Flacco wasn’t the answer a long time ago. Like when he signed with the team.

Conclusion: The Broncos played better than they did in Week 1, which wasn’t hard, but the Bears were a lot better of an opponent than the Raiders, and despite a horrid call on Chubb — it wasn’t a good week for the zebras all around the league — they lost.

• Why was Flacco throwing the ball 50 times against a really good Bears defense? No. 5 threw what looked like a back-breaking interception in the red zone during the Broncos’ second-to-last possession.

Officially, he had just one pick. Truthfully, the Bears dropped a bunch of his passes. I question the game plan when Flacco throws 50 times.

• The Bolles experiment is over. He can’t play at this level. A traffic cone, at least, wouldn’t block much, but it wouldn’t be called for holding repeatedly.

• This ain’t getting any better any time soon, as the Broncos head to Green Bay on Sunday. Hello, 0-3.

The Dolphins

First off, unfortunately, Miami isn’t on Denver’s schedule. The Dolphins not only are 0-2, but they’ve lost 59-10 (Baltimore) and 43-0 (New England). Then, they traded Minkah Fitzpatrick, one of their few remaining good football players, to the Steelers.

Coming from a baseball background, I hate tanking. One of the great things about the NFL is that it has, to this point, really avoided tanking with a salary cap, free agency and other measures to ensure parity.

Sure, the Lions and Browns both have gone 0-16 during the last 10 years or so, but I think we can agree that both of those franchises are Dysfunction Junction.

The NFL needs to come down on Miami hard, something like, “Dear Dolphins, if you go 0-16, we aren’t letting you draft Tua Tagovailoa with the No. 1 pick.”

The stripes

I love football. Very few things are more American than sitting in front of the TV with 10 hours or so with NFL Sunday Ticket, flipping among all the games, with an emphasis on the 49ers-Bengals game. (Niners, 2-0, baby.)

What’s crazy about football is that with all the football we watch, very few of us know the darn rules to the game. This week was, “What in the heck is pass interference?”

The picture in the dictionary next to the term’s definition was Rams-Saints in last year’s NFC Championship Game. That led to the new challenge of reviewing P.I., which has spawned a new debate on what constitutes a penalty.

Only in the NFL can we have a debate in the middle of a season over a basic rule, like, “What is a catch?”

Hey, Roger Goodell, you earn $40 million per year. What don’t you do something to earn that by fixing the pass-interference mess?


Yes, the Patriots are still good, darn it. The Cowboys continue to impress. The Packers have a healthy Aaron Rodgers and seemingly a team around him.

We had the Rams in the Super Bowl, and we stay with it after they dope-slapped the Saints. Niners at 2-0? (Shut up, Freud.)

Chiefs? Still good. Ravens? Still not buying. Let’s see if they can hang with K.C. this week.


The Steelers just lost Ben Roethlisberger for the season. The Saints just lost Drew Brees for we-don’t-know-how-long. I’m sure the following is deeply insensitive in our modern culture, but the Jets’ Sam Darnold got mono? I didn’t know that was still a thing. I apologize in advance.

And then Trevor Siemian goes down? J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets Jets.

The K word

With all these injuries at quarterback, you’d think that a team might be looking for someone who’s led a team to the Super Bowl. But, no.

Yes, Colin Kaepernick is still out there and a lot better than anything that Pittsburgh or the New York Jets have on the bench. Yes, we understand, in the eyes of some, he hates mom, apple pie and the American flag.

Seriously, have any of you heard of Luke Falk and David Fales, Nos. 1 and 2 at QB now for the Jets? (If so, you really do watch too much football.)

Heaven forfend, any team look at Kaepernick.

Never mind. On to Week 3.

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