Used to be that Denver held a Mile High mystique, an advantage all opponents struggled to overcome. Now the altitude appears to be suffocating the Broncos.
After dropping Sunday's game to Jacksonville, Denver now has lost five of its past seven home games. And here's the literal kicker: Denver's only two homes wins in nearly a full year both involved special-teams flukes.
In other words, Denver's only two home wins over the past year have been by a combined four points, and both games could have been losses as easily as they were victories. The Broncos' home record from 1996-2005 was 64-16 (.800), including three seasons in which the team went undefeated in Denver.
The Mile High mystique has faded and the Broncos need to figure out a way to recapture it to save their season.
With Denver sporting a 2-1 record, the Broncos now will play their next four games against teams with a combined 10-2 record. If they don't play better, it's possible their home record could get worse before it gets better.
It's hard to imagine the Mile High mystique going M.I.A. But it's also hard to imagine over the past year Denver posting a 2-5 home record.
THE BEST OF BRADY
Brady is on pace to rewrite the NFL record book. Whether or not he can do it is irrelevant right now. What's relevant is that it shows how on point he has been to start the season.
And if that weren't enough evidence to frame the type of season Brady is having, then consider this: Two of his games this season, in terms of passer rating, rank in the top four he has had.
The Patriots have scored points in each of their 12 quarters this season, and 31 consecutive quarters dating to last season.
HOUSTON, WE'VE GOT ISSUES
So far, Schaub has shined for Houston, but he faces his own battle Sunday. Injuries quickly are wiping out Houston's wide receivers.
Now Schaub's primary targets are expected to be Kevin Walter and Cleveland's former second-round draft choice Andre' Davis. He will not be playing with a full arsenal. But then, neither will Atlanta.
DECK THE HALL
The situation is a sensitive matter, and Atlanta is trying to handle it the right way. Strained feelings between both sides could become even more accentuated this week, depending on the organization's decision.