Flacco rips late-game play-calling: Broncos are 'afraid to lose'

Tanya Simon
October 29, 2019

Coming into the game, the Broncos were blown out at home 30-6 by the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night football and showed their weaknesses in doing so. Flacco and Scangarello have already drawn the ire of Broncos head coach Vic Fangio. Denver failed to pick up the first down and then punted. Rock Ya-Sin gave up key yardage and committed penalties at an alarming rate. Most people say, 'Hey you've got to probably win at least 12 games.' And they're right.

One of the weaknesses for the Colts has been the secondary.

For comparison, Pierre Desir has played 292 snaps with 202 in pass coverage. "It's a credit to our leaders, Frank, Jacoby (Brissett) and just the type of people they are first off".

Vinatieri made it 6-3 at the half with a 55-yard field goal. Most impressive, though, is the 36.0 passer rating when targeted and he's played 270 coverage snaps on 373 total.

Now, quarterback Joe Flacco is calling out the offensive play-calling, specifically after the Broncos ran the ball up the middle on a 3rd-and-5 to try and ice the game against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Lindsay, who finished the game with 59 yards on 14 carries and 17 receiving yards on five receptions, agreed with his quarterback. According to the box score, this should've been an easy win, but the least penalized team committed 10 penalties at crucial times leading to a tough win. Indy had no timeouts left at that point, so converting on 4th down could have iced the game for the Broncos. But, he struggled with pressure... The Colts are 4-2 having won two in a row. The Broncos again lost on a last-second field goal.

The Broncos' defense kept the Colts' offense in check for most of the contest.

Three plays later, Adam Vinatieri hit a 51-yard field goal to put the Colts on top for good.

Emmanuel Sanders asked for a trade to a better team to help get his free agency value up, and the Broncos obliged. The Colts have yet to beat up on a bad team this year and are in a mist of a string of game against losing teams now.

"Well, c'mon, I just look at it like we're now a 2-6 football team, and we're like afraid to go for it in a two-minute drill, you know?" said Flacco, who received medical treatment on his neck throughout the game.

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