1. New Orleans Saints:The Saints just dismantled the reining Super Bowl Champs! I’m talking hot knife slicing through butter! They made them look like the chumps who fall for the “I bet I know where you got dem shoes?” level of dumb. The Saints have got to be on a historic pace these last few weeks with scoring. And not only that Royce Freeman Color Rush Jersey , how ‘bout that defense?2. Los Angeles Rams:Holy 54 points Batman! Their Monday Night Football game against the Chiefs shows just how potent of an offense they have. But it left me questioning their defense? How can you give up 51 points? I get it, 2 strip sacks from Aaron Donald, but still, 51 points is embarrassing by this team considering the Chiefs scored 57 in two combined games against Denver. Remember Denver? The team their current Defensive Coordinator use to coach? The team who lost all their dogs? Yeah, that team. 3. Kansas City Chiefs:Usually 51 points is enough, but not last night. Did anyone else, and I don’t care what team you root for, but did anyone else watch the Chiefs v Rams and say “Oh man, I wish we had Patrick Mahomes?” And I’m talking even Packer fans should be saying that! And yes, I realize he had 3 INTs and 2 strip sacks from Donald. Those things happen. But six touchdowns and so many clutch “how did he do that” plays? Yeah, can we hire Andy Reid to be our draft day guru when picking QBs please? 4. Pittsburgh Steelers:Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. If anyone thinks this team will fold tent and pack it in when they’re having an off day better think again.5. New England Patriots:What better way to exit your bye week than playing the Jets?6. Chicago Bears:These guys are looking down right scary at this point in the season. They got some offense and defense and just keep churning out victories. I’m not saying they’ll do much in January, but the safe money is that they are playing in January.7. Los Angeles Chargers:As predicted, this would be a close game. I had it as a 1 point Chargers victory, but Rivers River’d it up and threw the game away. And this is why he’ll retire without a ring, and why there are always more Broncos fans at their home games than Chargers fans.8. Carolina Panthers:I’ll admit, usually I love when teams go for the win, but when they lined up for the two point conversion, I was all “huh, I’d take the tie”… and that shows just how bad of a call it was.9. Baltimore Ravens:For those asking about Lamar Jackson and his 27 rushes. I think the Ravens know that isn’t sustainable and that’s fine with them as they will get Flacco back. I also think it shows that they know that he’ll have the ball on 100% of the snaps, and his route tree and anticipation and reading coverages just isn’t where it needs to be yet Brandon Marshall Jersey , so instead of throwing it a lot, they limited it and took his other pass attempts and just had him run with it. It at least kept the Bengals honest, unlike other backup QBs who simply hand the ball off 80% of the time.10. Houston Texans:My God J.J. Watt!!! Other things happened in this game, but Joe Theismaning Alex Smith will be the image that is forever burned in our brains. Oh yeah, the Texans are also on a 7 game win streak. 11. Indianapolis Colts:Andrew Luck is looking like his old self and has his team riding a 4 game win streak. 200+ snaps without a sack. Is that right? Crazy!12. Minnesota Vikings:Hahahahaha wait… nope, hahahahahaha “You Like That?!?!?!” … why yes, yes I do. Suck it Cousins!13. Seattle Seahawks:The Seahawks play everyone tough these days, and they may have gotten the Packers head coach fired after this game.14. Green Bay Packers:Aaron Rogers or Mike McCarthy, gee, I wonder which one the owner will choose to keep. Being at odds with your QB is one thing, but you gotta know your audience before you dig your heels in the sand against your megastar QB. You will lose this fight coach, how do you not see this?15. Cincinnati Bengals:Oh Cincy, what shall we do with you. You’re not all that horrible, but you clearly aren’t all that good either. You should be ashamed for letting Lamar Jackson run 27 times on you without a clear answer. 16. Denver Broncos:Like I’ve been saying for weeks now, the Broncos have a lot of talent, they just lack the coaching. That talent was on display, as was the faulty coaching that could have cost us. Either way, this is a team that’s not nearly as bad as their record indicates and are honestly a QB away from being a serious contender (which you can say for most teams, but I digress). We have the ingredients, we just need a really masterful chef to get them humming.17. Tennessee Titans:Titans did their best to remind their fans that the Colts are a notch above their league https://www.broncosfanstore.com/Devontae-Booker-Jersey , just like when Peyton Manning was their QB.18. Miami Dolphins:The bye week is over… It’s time to underwhelm us all again.19. Washington Redskins:Why the ridiculous drop in the rankings? This tweet says it all. Makes my skin crawl. Reminded me of Theisman when I saw it.20. Philadelphia Eagles:While losing to the best team in the NFL is certainly expected, playing dead and curling up in the fetal position so maybe the Saints would quit playing is something else.21. Cleveland Browns:We shall see how they come out of their bye week with their brand new interim head coach.22. Jacksonville Jaguars:Just when you thought the Jags would pull off the upset and beat the Steelers, they proved that they’re still the Jaguars and nothing has really changed.23. Dallas Cowboys:The Cowboys are flying high with two wins in a row! They’ve made some splashes in trades, but they seem to be working. Plus they remembered that Elliot is a pretty decent weapon.24. Detroit Lions:Credit where credit is due. They beat a good team at home. Sure, they almost lost, but they didn’t. This goes down as a victory over the Panthers, and the Lions need all the stepping stones they can get.25. Atlanta Falcons:I feel like I write the same thing about the Falcons every single week! They’re more up and down than a rollercoaster! When you think they’ll win, they’ll lose When you think they’ll lose they’ll win or lose. So screw it, they’ll just keep losing. Lets make this easy on ourselves. 26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:Wanna know what’s more impressive than scoring 35 points on the road? Not losing to the freaking Giants! That’s what!27. Buffalo Bills:Wanna know what will boost you up in rankings? Beating Jacksonville next week. So umm, don’t hold your breath.28. New York Jets:So many bye weeks. It’s almost as if the Jets have been on a bye most of the year.29. New York Giants:I stand corrected, you actually ARE trying to win games, which shows just how incompetent you really are.30. San Francisco 49ers:Keep building towards your future Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch. That’s about all you have at this moment.31. Oakland Raiders:The Raiders are so terrible they can’t even F up a tank job of a season properly. 32. Arizona Cardinals:Looks like the Cardinals want that #1 overall pick a touch more than the Raiders. It isn’t that this loss was more disappointing than the one against the 49ers…it wasn’t. The 49ers are a very injured, low talent NFL team as it stands today. You can’t say that about the Cleveland Browns of 2018. They aren’t quite an above average team, but they are young, proud, and aggressive on both sides of the ball.I knew we could easily lose this game.But I was really bugged by the outcome of this one. I mean, completely bent. I was ranting to the rest of the fine writers here at MHR about the decision to kick the field goal. I was fighting with Pete about Von and his effort (Pete was right for the record).I was mad…far more than I usually am when my beloved Broncos team loses a close game.I ranted to the wife about it.I ranted to some co-workers as well.So as I prepared to write this tonight, I thought, “What’s bugging you, dude? You aren’t being your normal self. Your inner dude is not abiding at all.”RevelationThis isn’t a big revelation by any means Adam Gotsis Color Rush Jersey , but the crux of all my emotions about this game comes from understanding with absolute clarity that Vance Joseph is not an NFL head coach. Many of you have known this for well over a year.I probably could have guessed this a year or more ago…but as a person, I’m a forgiver…I’m a believer in chances, and I want to see evidence for myself, not just supposition based off of irrelevant assumptions. Most head coaches need a few really great abilities or talents to be able to hack it at the NFL level.Things like game management, game planning, charisma, motivational vocality, player development, or extreme proficiency at designing either the offense or defense of your team.Vance Joseph has none of those tools at anything close to what I would call “great”.He has some at average level…and a bunch at far below average level.His career in Denver is over and my No Bull take on him is that his career as a NFL head coach is over as well. I’m not even sure he is a competent defensive coordinator at this point.I thought we couldn’t get a worse situation than Josh McDaniels at the head coach position. I honestly think I’d take McDinglewhompus over this joke of a coach at this point.DefenseThe injuries at cornerback were not nearly as devastating as they could have been. Joe Woods used everything he could to keep the defense functioning, and I honestly think as a whole they did a pretty spectacular job.A couple big plays really hurt us, but that’s nothing new and the fact that we didn’t see more big plays to the outside against our safeties playing corner and our 5th and 6th stringers is quite an accomplishment.Front 7Did anyone else notice Von Miller mostly playing passive this game?Sure he did pass rush in obvious situations, but he sure didn’t look like a guy giving his everything every play to get to the ball. I’m not going to fault him though…I’d do that too if my boss threw me under a bus to the whole universe in a press conference for something that should have been handled in the locker and meeting rooms. Congrats on the record, Von. We love you and are thankful you are a Bronco!Adam Gotsis is turning into a damned beast up front. The guy was dominating at the line of scrimmage and could have had the game-turning play if only we had an offense / quarterback that was capable.I liked what I saw from Brandon Marshall on the field. I’m one of the guy’s biggest critics, but he was flying around everywhere and was supremely good in pass coverage most of the game.SecondaryLosing Bradley Roby for a cut sucked.Losing Brandon Langley to a concussion sucked too.Getting our new corner who we brought in directly because we were light handed because he couldn’t keep himself from shoving some dude in the helmet was a disgrace. I applaud the effort of the back-end defenders for making it work being so short handed…especially Justin Simmons. I’m not saying he was awesome because he wasn’t…he kinda sucked at times to be honest. But the guy was a champ playing slot corner and gave it his all and that’s all I can ask for from any Bronco.I also really liked what I saw from Will Parks. I think his game has quietly taken a step forward this year. He’s really starting to read the field better and is definitely getting better at timing his play whether he’s crashing down on a runner or defending a pass.What happened to Darian Stewart? The guy’s game has taken a very big step back. He sadly looks like a guy that is running in molasses this year. As a safety, that is a very bad thing in today’s NFL.OffenseI’m not sure how you don’t have your team ready for a Gregg Williams defense. He coaches them aggressive, blitzes often, and loads the box on obvious running situations.Hot routes, play action, and quick timing routes are the order of the day…this is football 101 level stuff for an offensive coordinator.Well, the last play of the game was about everything you need to know about the ability of Bill Musgrave to have his guys ready for the moment. In an obvious blitz situation Phillip Lindsay Jersey , with a blitz look, and a blitz on 3rd down right before there was no hot read at any point on the field, the Browns were in essentially cover-0 and Keenum had nowhere to go with the ball.QuarterbacksI feel bad for Case Keenum honestly…he has to realize that this was it. He’s made his big money with us on a two-year contract and now the world knows he’s not even a mediocre NFL QB…at least not with this kind of scheme and personnel.The glaring problem with Keenum over the past couple of weeks has been his inability to get more out of the young players than he has. He seemed even more hesitant than normal to throw the ball against the 49ers, then when his coach put him on blast, he came out and threw a couple of bad picks (and yes, both were bad decisions).He’s just not the guy. He is an NFL quarterback, but not one you want to be your starting option going into a season. He’ll of course be back next year and I’ll cheer for him as our team figures out what they are doing…but I don’t have hope in this guy making things happen.LineThe problems we had last week continued…not to the same level of awful, but the blocking just couldn’t hold up just the same. It isn’t necessarily that they blocked poorly though…many times there were more people coming than the line could block. But what was missing was some really well-blocked plays that allowed some big runs to happen up the middle.At the end of the day, the Broncos ran for a whopping 1.6 ypc. That’s pathetic. That’s on your line or your coaches, depending on the box count.Running BacksMeh and blargh. I love the talent of both our top two rushers in Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. I believe that both can be special. But they didn’t show much special in this game…not enough to win it anyhow.I will give Davontae Booker some props though. He looked like the best NFL player of the 3 of them with blitz pick-ups and a couple of really nice receptions in the passing game.ReceiversWe got to see more of the young guns in DaeSean Hamilton (led team in targets and receptions), Tim Patrick (wow…this kid is legit…just needs polishing), Courtland Sutton, and Matt LaCosse. I thought they did a pretty spectacular job outside of a couple of bad drops. I wish the QB could have gotten more out of them though. All of them should feel like 16 points isn’t enough for the effort they put into the game.Special TeamsBooker had what I thought was a pretty darn good return. It is worth a shout-out for sure, but I didn’t see anything there that makes me think he’s a future returner for the team that is going to pop.Final ThoughtsSadly, by this time we all know the Broncos have been eliminated. In the No Bull world I chose to live in, that makes this season a failure. I don’t care if we win two more games or not. I don’t care that it sounds petulant. This is the Denver Broncos and the team we love and cheer for is about success. That means playoff football.I know I’ll still be cheering hard for the players in the next two weeks, but it is a bummer to not have anything to play for other than pride. Still..,screw the faders and the sparklers. I hope we put a 40-burger on both of those teams.Go Broncos.