The die for the latest disaster was cast early. The Broncos defense, which had seemingly given up the will to live during recent shellackings at the hands of the rising Philadelphia Eagles and the much-hated New England Patriots, stopped quarterback Andy Dalton and the Cincy offense on a first possession that ended with a blocked punt by Shaquil Barrett and a Denver recovery. Six plays later, reviled prodigal son Brock Osweiler took a third-and-three snap from the Bengals four-yard line with a field goal try looming as the likeliest worst-case scenario. But, no: Osweiler threw the stupidest interception in the history of stupid interceptions, and lucky recipient Dre Kirkpatrick ran it back for what would have been an easy touchdown had he not fumbled the ball to himself at the last second. Minutes later came a Bengals touchdown of the sort capable of causing an intracranial embolism.
The game wasn't officially over at that point, but it might as well have been. And now Broncos loyalists are faced with a week in which the main debate will be over whether the outfit is "soft," as was suggested by none other than executive John Elway.
In the meantime, plenty of longtime Broncos boosters are filled with shame and embarrassment. Feel their pain below.
|| Ashamed to be a Broncos fan.— DeadPool AJ. (@KnownAsStyles) November 20, 2017
@johnelway Pat Bowlen trusted you. U should be ashamed of yourself for leading the @Broncos org. to this dark place in his absence, due to illness from which he is unlikely to recover. Mr. Bowlen will pass on with his precious #Broncos in complete disarray, and u led it there.— NyDbDsDm (@NyDbDsDm) November 20, 2017
I’m ashamed....hang our head extremely low ....— Christina Tackett (@clmtackett) November 20, 2017
Broncos are seriously trash and I'm ashamed they are my team. I can't wait for a better next year. Hopefully we can figure out our shit.— Lollytrolly (@byerstristin) November 20, 2017
Came to Ruby Tuesday’s to get a salad. They have the Bengals-Broncos game on. 4th and 4. Brock Osweiler being Brock. TURBLE pass. John Elway should be ashamed for signing this bum. But @Kaepernick7 not good enough? Denver fans, blame @NFL collusion for y’all being 3-7. #heehee— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) November 20, 2017
I’m truly embarrassed that we can’t even beat “THE BENGALS” at HOME!! WHAT IS HAPPENING IN DENVER? Makes it hard to be a BRONCOS FAN in OREGON. Wake up management and ownership the organization is falling apart #BroncosCountry— Michael Wagy (@MichaelWagy) November 20, 2017
This drives me insane - get your ass in the locker room and act like you care that you got embarrassed AGAIN— Kristen (@kris10engels) November 20, 2017