If you know a Broncos fan, maybe give them a call. Make sure they aren’t on any ledges or near any sharp objects. It was just three weeks ago, they were a mile high on their team. Their confidence level in their team has dropped like a rock off a skyscraper since then.
Broncos fans came into the season with 93% confident in the direction of the team. That may seem high, but it’s in line with most fans; thirty NFL team’s fans had confidence levels in the 80’s and 90’s. The only team fans who were below 80% were Washington (76%) and Detroit (68%). Raider Nation came in at 82%.
That incremental drop seems logical. As does the confidence levels of the Chiefs (99%) and Chargers (58%), who are both coming off wins. The Chiefs, of course, are 5-0 on the season and many are asking whether they are the best team in football. Though the only fans who think they’re better than the Rams are Chiefs fans.
Perhaps it’s watching the Chiefs run away with the division with a young star at quarterback. Perhaps it’s the Broncos own journeyman QB or the bad coaching that’s led to them losing three straight. But the Broncos fan confidence is now at 4%. FOUR PERCENT!
This for a team that started the season 2-0 after beating the Raiders on a late drive for a game-winning field goal. Now they’re 2-3 and just got destroyed by the Jets with Isaiah Crowell running for 219 yards (!!!) and a touchdown on 19 carries. And Bilal Powel added 99 yards on 20 carries. The Broncos got trampled.
That defense was supposed to be the Broncos’ strong point, so giving up that kind of yardage to anyone, let alone a mediocre Jets team, has drained all the hope from Broncos fans. Even less hope than Raiders fans, despite the Raiders having a worse record and losing to them this season already.
I guess when you expect too much from the start, you are just setting yourself up for disappointment. That’s why we do our best to keep our readers grounded. Sugar is nice, but it burns away and then you crash hard.