Against New England, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and the Broncos must look to the game plan he designed for San Diego in December 2013, when the Chargers won 27-20 at Denver. In that game, San Diego rushed for 177 yards on 44 carries, had no turnovers and possessed the football for nearly 39 minutes.
R.S.H., dreamer and schemer
Kiz: Let’s be blunt. McCoy has been too cute by half when designing offensive game plans in 2017. McCoy, however, does have a blueprint for pulling an upset against New England, if he cribs his own notes from San Diego’s upset of Peyton Manning four years ago. And let’s be honest. While Tom Brady is one beautiful man, he regularly gives ugly performances in our dusty old cow town. This game is about heart. This is the last chance for romance in Denver’s season, because if our hometown heroes break the hearts of fans one more time, it’s all over except the bickering in Broncos Country. After pouring over the analytics and consulting the Magic 8-ball at Kickin’ It Headquarters, our crack staff gives Denver about a 30 percent chance to beat New England. Outlook not so good? Yes. But I’m saying there’s a chance. The pick: Patriots 24, Broncos 20.
You want to take a U.S. military veteran to a Broncos game? My 89-year-old dad was a lieutenant in the Air Force. Growing up, father and son spent many years watching the Broncos together on television. He now refuses to watch the NFL due to the anthem protests. He is not computer literate and has no e-mail address and is unable to drive at night due to poor vision. By the way: He does not like you. Good luck.
Kiz: In my search to find a vet that would like to attend the home game against Cincinnati, my heart has been touched by more than 50 requests, many filled with inspirational stories of patriotic service. But, for some reason, this request tickled my funny bone. Dear John: I will be taking some other vet to the game, but sincerely hope this doesn’t cause your father to like me even less.
I have three extra tickets to the Bengals game that I would be happy to donate to a veteran, if you see fit to award the tickets to a family. Kiz, you will undoubtedly get some pretty compelling stories from military heroes that want to join you, but only one can go with you. So I’d like to give a military family the opportunity to attend the game.
Randy, representing the 303
Kiz: Wow. You’re the best, Randy. And everything that’s good about Broncos Country.
The only people that look at Brock Osweiler or Trevor Siemian and think they should be a starting NFL quarterback are their parents.
Kiz: And folks think I’m harsh.
And today’s parting shot is a pat on the back.
I like reading your columns, because you say things that are absolutely true, even if we fans don’t want to hear them. Keep it up, Kiz.