On Monday night, when the Seattle Seahawks hosted the Denver Broncos, quarterback Russell Wilson made his first visit back to Lumen Field to face his former team. The Broncos were the obvious favorites against Geno Smith, a less accomplished quarterback, but the Seahawks astonished almost everyone by winning 17-16.
The Broncos’ issues in the red zone were just one of several contributing factors to their defeat. In their four trips into the red zone, the Broncos failed to score a touchdown once and committed two turnovers.
Running back Melvin Gordon, who fumbled the ball on the goal line and caused one of those turnovers, thought about the team’s difficulties. He thinks the Broncos are the superior team, but the L was caused by his own mistakes.
The day following the defeat, Gordon observed, “We clearly beat ourselves” (via NFL.com). The National Football League doesn’t care if you’re the better team or not; if you make mistakes, you’re going to lose. “We got in the red zone many times. Couldn’t convert. We know we shot ourselves in the foot. We know we’re the better team, but clearly we made more mistakes than they did.”
The Broncos undoubtedly committed more errors than the Seahawks, and any team that is unable to score in the end zone will find it difficult to return home victorious.
The club needs to get better in the red zone, according to head coach Nathaniel Hackett, who made several dubious coaching choices throughout the game.
The rookie head coach added, “Just to start with it, when you’re 0-for-4 in the red zone, 12 penalties, and two turnovers, it’s not a good deal.” “We just have to be better in the red zone. That starts with me. Got to make sure we have a better plan and are able to get physical down there and score some touchdowns instead of field goals, or nothing at all,” said the quarterback.
Gordon is not panicking in spite of the careless loss.
We won’t be concerned about it for a while, he added, adding that since we are competitors and detest defeat, we will put our heads down for a while.
Denver would not have been in such a precarious position at the end of the game if they had executed better in the red zone, which would have prevented the game from coming down to a missed 64-yard field goal by the Broncos with 20 seconds remaining.
In the end, Hackett remarked, “we managed to score in the red zone.” It really is that easy, and it all starts with me.
The Houston Texans, who just played to a tie against the Indianapolis Colts, will be the next opponent for the Broncos.