ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater insists the Denver Broncos can appropriate all of the errors, miscalculations and misfires which have plagued them within the pink zone this season.
The Broncos (5-5) have scored touchdowns on simply half of their 34 journeys inside their opponents’ 20-yard line, a charge that ranks twenty ninth within the NFL, forward of solely winless Detroit, Washington and the New York Giants.
That’s really worse than final 12 months, after they ranked twenty seventh with a 53.3% conversion charge below quarterback Drew Lock.
“Simply watching the movie this previous week, the alternatives that we’ve had, the near-misses, and it’s like OK, all these issues will be mounted,” Bridgewater stated Wednesday earlier than the staff’s second follow coming off its bye week.
“And that’s the factor about this recreation: it’s by no means as unhealthy, it’s by no means pretty much as good. When you’ve time to step away and watch and do some self-scouting, you come away issues completely completely different versus within the second, while you’re like, ‘Man, that was actually unhealthy,’” Bridgewater stated.
“And naturally, a few of it has been unhealthy. However you may at all times be higher and that’s the mindset shifting ahead.”
So, what particularly do the Broncos must do in another way starting with their recreation Sunday towards the Los Angeles Chargers (6-4) to remove all of the errors which have prevented them from averaging greater than 20 factors a recreation and are threatening to maintain them out of the playoffs for a sixth straight season?
“Simply doing it. Easy as that, yeah,” Bridgewater stated. “You watch in on tape, now it’s simply time to go do it.”
The Broncos’ wretchedness within the pink zone is nothing new.
They haven’t ranked within the high half of the league since 2014, after they have been fourth greatest. Since then, they’ve ranked twenty seventh or worse within the 32-team league six occasions in seven years.
One other cussed deficiency is the staff’s third-down conversion charge. They rank twenty eighth this season at 34.7%. Just like the pink zone foibles, that’s worse than final 12 months, after they ranked twenty fifth at 38.7%.
Since 2013, after they ranked first with a whopping 48.1% conversion charge on third down, the Broncos have ranked within the high half of the league simply twice and 5 occasions they’ve ranked within the backside 5.
“Simply making performs, that’s the factor,” Bridgewater stated. “It’s not like we’re simply lining up and taking part in unhealthy soccer. You watch us and we’re in third-and-8s, third-and-10-plus and on this league it’s laborious to transform these. I don’t care how good you might be, the odds don’t actually work in your favor.
“So, we’ve acquired to keep away from these (unhealthy performs) on first and second downs, simply the unfavorable performs, whether or not it’s a false begin — I had a false begin final week — whether or not it’s a holding penalty. If you happen to run the ball and also you lose 2 yards, OK, protection makes performs, you realize what I imply?”
The Broncos have been simply 1-for-11 on third down of their earlier recreation, a 30-13 loss at house to the Eagles two weeks in the past that despatched them tumbling into their bye week on a nasty observe.
“Execution. At house, man, we’ve shot ourselves within the foot, turned the ball over. We’ve had penalties, unfavorable performs,” Bridgewater stated. “So, remove these issues man and we (diminish) the possibility of shedding the sport.”
NOTES: There may be rising optimism OLB Bradley Chubb will play Sunday. Coach Vic Fangio stated Chubb, who hasn’t performed since present process ankle surgical procedure in September, had a profitable return to follow this week. “I assumed he appeared good (Monday), and he felt good,” coach Vic Fangio stated. “Hopefully (he’ll) perform a little bit extra at this time after which see the place he’s at.” … The Broncos activated G Austin Schlottmann from the reserve/COVID-19 listing and designated ILB Micah Kiser (groin) for return. … S Kareem Jackson (shoulder/neck) sat out follow.
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