Last season was an unmitigated disaster for the Denver Broncos. Despite the arrival of future Hall of Fame quarterback Russell Wilson, they won just five games and were stuck with one of the worst offenses anyone had ever seen in recent memory.
There was hope they would rectify their problems in 2023, especially after they made a big splash by hiring head coach Sean Payton, who had coached the legendary Drew Brees while with the New Orleans Saints.
But so far, that hope has been dampened as Denver has started 2023 with a 0-2 record. Wilson, who looked like a shell of his former self last year, didn’t look much better in Week 2.
Although he threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday versus the Washington Commanders, he completed just 18 of 32 passes and got sacked seven times, which resulted in a QBR of just 54.5. According to Andrew Mason, it ranked just 22nd in the NFL.
He did look more like his vintage self in Week 1 by going 27 of 34 and throwing two touchdown passes, but the Broncos still lost by one point to the Las Vegas Raiders. On the Broncos’ final offensive series of the fourth quarter, he was unable to pick up a first down and advance the football into Las Vegas territory.
One glimmer of hope for Denver is the fact that both of its losses came by a combined three points and that its passing offense currently ranks 12th in yards and third in touchdowns.
With wide receiver Tim Patrick out for the season, rookie Marvin Mims had a big Week 2 with 113 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Russell Wilson and the Broncos will have a difficult time getting into the win column next Sunday as they will visit the 2-0 Miami Dolphins. Luckily, their following two contests will be against the Chicago Bears and the New York Jets.