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, you’ll see that with just one exception, Denver has owned the Arizona/St. Louis/Chicago team known for wearing red. That one loss? You can credit it to the tragic season of 2010, but not to often vilified clown, Josh McDaniels. Although, McDaniels started 2010 as head coach, just 6 days before the match-up at University of Phoenix stadium the Broncos deactivated his keycard and took away his headset.With McDaniels gone and Kyle Orton inexplicably ensconced as the starter of the 3-10 Denver Broncos, head coaching duties were handed to running backs coach, Eric Studesville. Tim Tebow was still marinating on the bench and the rushing attack was anchored by Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno. The 4-9 Arizona Cardinals weren’t having the greatest season themselves. This late-season game would be the first career start for their 3rd string quarterback, John Skelton. For all intents and purposes, this was one the Denver Broncos should have won. Instead, this one would go down as the first time in history the Cardinals beat the Denver Broncos.The Broncos took an early lead with a Steven Hauschka field goal (kicker Matt Prater didn’t play and would be placed on IR in the following weeks due to a nagging groin injury). Arizona answered with a Jay Feely field goal... but ol’ Jay was just getting warmed up. This is a game that I’m sure Feeley will never forget, because on this December day in Arizona, he would single-handedly beat the Denver Broncos. On a chip shot field goal attempt, Feely faked and ran 5-yards for the only touchdown of his career. He also kicked the extra point just moments later. It would be three more Jay Feely field goals before Denver could impotently respond with another Hauschka field goal.With just over 6:00 left in the 4th quarter and down 22-6, Cardinals running back Tim Hightower finally scored the game’s first offensive touchdown. After an exhausting day of getting their butt handed to them by a kicker, the Broncos got into the end zone on 1-yard Knowshon Moreno plunge. Time was running down and the Cardinals already had the game in-hand, but the juggernaut that was the 2010 Arizona Cardinals would not be stopped! Tim Hightower ripped off a 35-yard touchdown run with 3:00 to go in the 4th. Then, typical of the 2010 Denver Broncos, they couldn’t get out of their own way and just take the loss they had earned. To really demonstrate just how awful the team was Youth Domata Peko Jersey
, a Kyle Orton pass intended for Lance Ball was intercepted and returned 39-yards before being knocked loose by Ball, only to have Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett recover and carry it the rest of the way for Arizona’s final touchdown (Jay Feely kicked the extra point). Final score, 43-13, Cardinals.This was the only time in Broncos history Denver has lost to the Cardinals. Denver scored 13-points and Cardinals kicker Jay Feely scored 22. Receivers Eric Decker and Eddie Royal fumbled, but the truly remarkable bit of trivia that came out of this game was Kyle Orton’s stat line. He threw 3 interceptions, was 19 of 41 attempts for just 166-yards, and lost a fumble. While I want to say that Thursday’s game against the Cardinals could never be as bad as that game back in 2010, I’m not convinced. There are too many parallels to ignore. Like Studesville, Vance Joseph won’t be retained in a head coaching capacity next year. Case Keenum, I would argue, is better than Orton, but their ability to score points and take command of a game are crushingly similar. Both the Cardinals and Broncos are reeling. Like the 2010 match-up, the Broncos should win with one, but they also should have beaten the Jets. There is a real chance that Denver could go out and allow the Cardinals to double their win total against the Broncos. Here’s hoping that doesn’t happen. Good morning, Broncos Country.Yesterday marked the end of the era when the Denver Broncos traded away their longest-tenured player in Demaryius Thomas for day three draft considerations. While it was certainly an understandable decision from a business perspective, it wasn’t remotely close to the fairy tale ending many across Broncos Country had hoped for. Many had wished he would retire after playing his entire career the only Broncos. It’s a rarity (and special thing) for a player to spend their entire career with the franchise that drafted them. In fact, I’m willing to bet that was Thomas’ dream. Unfortunately, that won’t come to pass — but we can still be thankful for everything Thomas brought to the team and city of Denver.Though the Age of Demaryius is over, it marks the beginning of a youth movement for the Broncos’ wide receiver corps. That starts with rookie sensation Courtland Sutton. The Southern Methodist product has flashed gigantic play-making ability since the day he was drafted. While most young receivers take a few years to hit their stride and make an impact White Chris Harris Jr Jersey
, that hasn’t been the case with Sutton who has improved tremendously throughout his rookie campaign.In half a season of play, Sutton has hauled in 17 receptions for 324 yards and two touchdowns. He has demonstrated an uncanny ability to come down with miracle catches and is sporting close to a 20-yard per catch average. Without question, the Broncos are confident he is ready for an expanded role in the offense and can be a future marquee player for the franchise. They also believe that in due time DaeSean Hamilton and Tim Patrick, who have both shown glimpses of promise in their early careers, will be able to alleviate the absence of Thomas from the squad.“I think with them coming on like they’ve come on, and [WR] DaeSean [Hamilton] coming on, when he gets back, to rely on him—and Tim Patrick’s played well. We just felt that we make that up,” stated President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway. “We make the loss up. It may not be right away, but eventually the youth will cover that up.”That’s the million dollar question. Can Sutton and the rest of the Broncos’ young receivers step up to the challenge and truly replace Thomas? Only time will tell. I believe Sutton is destined for greatness, but whether or not he lives up to the lofty expectations is a whole other story. In all of this, only one thing is certain — following in the footsteps of a legendary Bronco isn’t going to be an easy task.Thomas was an all-time great Bronco and a future Ring of Famer. It was an honor and pleasure to witness the myriad of memorable moments he gave us on the gridiron. If we can say that a decade from now in regard to Sutton or any other young receiver looking to make their mark in the National Football League — that too would be special. All I can say is when and if that time comes, hopefully the finality of the situation is a bit more amicable.As always, thank you for reading and here is today’s offering of Horse Tracks.Horse TracksSaying goodbye to D.T.: Remembering Demaryius Thomas’ storied career in DenverAric DiLalla takes a look back at Thomas’ memorable tenure with the Denver Broncos.The Squeeze: Demaryius Thomas’ Broncos teammates bid farewell on social mediaA concentrated look at the recent juice on the Denver Broncos.Woody Paige: The future for the Denver Broncos is not now or anywhere nearThe Broncos’ 2018 season is over on Halloween.Broncos briefs: Garett Bolles’ usage at left tackle faces possible changesBolles’ five enforced holding penalties are tied for most in the NFL through eight weeksBears guard Kyle Long (foot) to miss six to eight weeks - NFL.comThe Chicago Bears will embark on a critical stretch without their star offensive lineman. Bears guard Kyle Long will miss six to eight weeks after suffering a foot injury late in Chicago's win over the Jets.2018 NFL rookie rankings: Derwin James tops list at midseason - NFL.comWith the 2018 rookie class halfway through Year 1, Daniel Jeremiah ranks the top 25 newbies in the NFL right now. Who's No. 1? How do the quarterbacks stack up? Which undrafted player makes the cut?Lions trade wide receiver Golden Tate to Eagles - NFL.comGolden Tate is taking his wheels from the Motor City to Philadelphia. The Lions traded the veteran wide receiver to the Eagles for a 2019 third-round pick Tuesday.Rams acquire Jaguars pass rusher Dante Fowler - NFL.comThe Los Angeles Rams have their pass rusher. L.A. acquired pass rusher Dante Fowler from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a 2019 third-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick.Packers trade running back Ty Montgomery to Ravens - NFL.comTwo days after his colossal fumble, the Green Bay Packers traded running back Ty Montgomery to the Baltimore Ravens.Oakland Raiders CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie announces retirementTwo-time Pro Bowl selection Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who was active for seven games with the Raiders this season, announced his retirement on Tuesday.