We Broncos fans have mighty high expectations.
And sometimes, a win isn't enough to put smiles on our faces.
Yesterday's 2015 NFL season kickoff against the Baltimore Ravens is a case in point. The Ravens are an excellent team considered a Super Bowl contender in many quarters, and Denver squelched them with a smothering, attacking defense that could develop into the franchise's best in a generation.
But the 19-13 victory was achieved without Peyton Manning and the offense notching a single offensive touchdown; the only time the team found the end zone was via a pick-six from cornerback Aqib Talib.
Takes on Manning's struggles lit up Twitter during and after the game, with many observers likening his performance to that of Tim Tebow — and believe it or not, quite a few commentators would gladly trade one for the other.
Look below to see the twenty most memorable tweets about the game that we found, illustrated by images from the contest.
Convince me the Broncos are better in 2015 with Peyton Manning at quarterback and not Tim Tebow.— DJ Gallo (@DJGalloEtc) September 13, 2015
Peyton washed and the Ravens offense didn't have a matchup with Denver's defense. Plenty of people expected the Broncos to win.— Ameen (@MeenHendrix) September 13, 2015
Peyton Manning gave up more points to the Ravens (seven) than the Broncos defense did (six).— Andy Bailey (@AndrewDBailey) September 13, 2015
Tim Tebow's offenses in Denver scored an offensive TD in every game he played. Peyton Manning can't say that.— Jon Martinez (@jonmart49) September 14, 2015
I want TEBOW TIME IN DENVER AGAIN. Peyton is done #RIP— Alex Kamberis (@thekambo) September 13, 2015
Not that I was rooting for Peyton by any means, but the Broncos are gonna suck this year. So I'll take them beating a better Ravens team.— Ron Bower (@RonEB9) September 13, 2015
[Turns on Broncos / Ravens] [holds up to Peyton’s forehead] Yep there it goes. pic.twitter.com/oJSb6asCk4— Dan Carson (@DrCarson73) September 13, 2015
Damn good game going between Broncos/Ravens. Peyton looks old man (which he is) but man this could be one of those Namath w/Rams seasons.— Justin Braddock (@jbraddock1020) September 13, 2015
You never would have been able to convince me that the Ravens would keep Peyton/Broncos out of the end all game zone and still lose.— Sean Grogan (@Sean_CecilWhig) September 13, 2015
Everybody is talking about how good the Broncos D was, but they are forgetting the Ravens. The "God" Peyton manning didn't throw a TD today.— Hawaiian Shirt Harry (@KevinGreager54) September 13, 2015
Peyton just tossed a Tebow pass— Colin Daniels (@southstands303) September 13, 2015
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Steps for success for the Broncos for the rest of the season: 1. Peyton retire 2. Resign Tim Tebow 3. Win the Super Bowl— Zach Zylstra (@ZachZylstra) September 13, 2015