The Denver Broncos suffered an embarrassing 23-10 defeat at the hands of the previously winless New York Giants on Sunday night.
While there was plenty for the Broncos to be disappointed about — particularly on the offensive side of the ball — Denver head coach Vance Joseph was particularly upset with the fact that his team lost a game following a bye week.
“Losing a football game after a bye,” Joseph said on Monday when he was asked what disappointed him the most about the loss to the Giants. “We had a great week of work. We had our best Wednesday [practice] of the year. They were ready to play in pregame. We had a great plan in all three phases. Just not executing the plan and not finishing and winning. That’s disappointing for this football team.
“It was a big game for us. A chance to go 4-1. It’s a home game. It’s a national televised game versus an opponent that struggled. To their credit, they came in and played hard and played fast and had a great plan in all three phases. They won the football game. With that being said, it’s early. It’s a hard league. We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy out for us. We have a chance Sunday to play the L.A. Chargers and be 3-0 in our division. We have a big opportunity on Sunday.”
The Broncos entered the game as two-touchdown favorites against the Giants, and got thoroughly dominated right from the start. Quarterback Trevor Siemian had an awful game. Denver’s rushing attack that entered the contest averaging 143 yards per game produced just 46 yards. The Broncos committed 3 turnovers and forced none. The Denver run defense, which was on a record-breaking pace, gave up 148 yards on the ground (117 of which came from Orleans Darkwa).
The Broncos will look to rebound on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 7.