Falcons 27 Broncos 21
-I'm not about to say the refs are the reason the Broncos lost on Monday Night, but enough with these replacements. That performance was a joke, but the kind of joke that your Dad tells that isn't funny and makes everyone groan and makes you wish there was a way to get out of the situation without laughing yet still avoiding making him feel bad because you are not laughing. It's just getting awkward.
-Call me a traditionalist, but I think the team that recovers a fumble should get to have the ball. Apparently, the replacements disagree, as even though Orlando Franklin recovered Knowshon Moreno's fumble in the final moments of the 1st quarter, for some reason, the Falcons got the ball.
-There are two ways to look at Peyton's disastrous first quarter. The pessimist approach which says he's washed up at worst and super rusty at best or you can take the optimist approach which says although he threw 3 picks, he still led a comeback which would have given the Broncos a chance to win if they could have gotten off the field at the end of the game. Personally, I'm in the middle of those two, but it's not ALL bad.
-That was maybe the ugliest first quarter in the history of Broncos football. Somehow the Broncos were only down 13 at the half, when it should have been about 30.
-I have to say it. Peyton Manning was atrocious in the first half. Just terrible terrible terrible. Hopefully he has gotten it out of his system.
-The refs are terrible at making calls, but more disturbing is their lack of control over the players. That fumble pile at the end of the first quarter was thisclose to turning into a brawl. The lack of certainty in the referees calls is causing the players to have zero respect for the people making those calls and things are getting chippier and chippier each week. Someone is going to get hurt if the real refs don't come back soon, as the players are taking far too many liberties and getting away with it. Please NFL, just get the real refs back. Make it happen.
-I just want to forget Monday night happened. Fortunately, the Broncos only have six days before they get a chance to wash the taste of that loss from their mouths. Unfortunately, that chance comes against the Texans, who are clearly in the upper echelon of teams. This is a huge game for the Broncos to establish that they are legit contenders. The first half of Denver's schedule is brutal, and they need to get this one. Go Broncos!