The fly route
I'm not sure I've ever been this apathetic going into a Kansas City-Denver game.
That said, I'm not sure I've ever felt this hopeless about my Broncos. I haven't given up. I won't stop watching and I haven't stopped paying attention.
It's just hard to get up for a game between two teams that stand to get drilled by any and every descent team in the league.
I don't know who's going to win Sunday's game. I'd say the Broncos, just for old time's sake, but there are 1,000 reasons the Broncos shouldn't be able to go on the road and win a game right now.
Let's start with the fact that I'm running out of my favorite players. I was thinking about buying a Broncos jersey at the start of the season, but I hesitated because I didn't know who to pick.
In the manliest way possible, I love Champ Bailey and John Lynch. Bailey has been just awesome in his time with the Broncos and Lynch is everything any fan could want in a football player: smart, tough and athletic.
Both have been crippled by injuries this season.
Javon Walker has been a tremendous playmaker in his short time with the team, but he too is out for an extended period of time with an injury.
A new draft pick? First round defensive end Jarvis Moss broke his right fibula in practice last week and is out for the season.
An old stand by? Rod Smith is stuck on the physically unable to perform list for the rest of the season, and is probably ready to retire.
Even Jay Cutler, the quarterback I still see a ton of promise in, left last week's game with a deep bruise on his leg.
I'm down to about Jason Elam in terms of players I'm very familiar with (good thing he's healthy too -- he's personally won each of Denver's three wins and sent another into overtime.)
That, combined with a few spotty free agent moves, leaves me with no confidence pitting the Broncos against any team ... except maybe the Chiefs.
Kansas City is almost as much of a sad-sack team as the Broncos right now, though many of the Chiefs' best players still are playing.
Larry Johnson's injury appears to be and rumors are bouncing everywhere about the length of his recovery time. I'm not sure it will matter Sunday, however.
I never thought I'd say it, but Priest Holmes impressed me in his action so far this season. He'll never be but a shell of his former self (a back created more out of a system than skill, but that's another column) but it should be enough to keep the Chiefs on the field.
Every other offensive player outside of Tony Gonzalez and Dwayne Bowe is a train wreck this season. Samie Parker continues to celebrate every first down as if it's a touchdown. The fullbacks don't belong in the league. Damon Huard is one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL and he's apparently better than Brodie Croyle.
I have no idea who wins. Maybe the Chiefs. Their defense is healthy and formidable. If Cutler plays and gets hot -- receiver Brandon Marshall and tight end Tony Scheffler have proven capable receivers -- Denver could definitely move the ball enough to win.
I'm not crossing my fingers, though.