Denver Broncos proving it’s not how you start, but how you finish that’s important

October 21, 2012 9:46 AM

Denver Broncos proving it’s not how you start, but how you finish that’s important
By Rich Kurtzman

" There’s an age-old saying in the NFL; It’s not how you start, but how you finish.

The Denver Broncos are proving it true so far this season.

Denver’s gone through a ton of changes this year—a new quarterback, his complicated offense and a new cast of characters to work with, a different defense with a new coordinator, draftees and free agents trying to find their niche—and the result have been some bumps in the road.

Most recently, the newest Bronco—Trindon Holliday—fumbled away the Chargers’ first punt while rookie Omar Bolden fumbled a kickoff and handed San Diego 10 free points. On the ensuing drive, Eric Decker tripped himself up instead of scoring a touchdown and Peyton Manning tossed a pick-six to put the Broncos behind 17-0. But it’s a trend that’s run throughout the 2012 season.

Three early interceptions by Manning and a fumble by Knowshon buried the Broncos in Atlanta. Against Houston, huge pass plays burned Denver early, while Demaryius Thomas’ fumble on a 43-yard pass play stole the Broncos’ momentum against New England. In those games, they fought hard and came close, but were unable to come all the way back and win "

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