In all, it boiled down to a simple truth for this Broncos team that now sits at 2-6, the franchise’s worst start since 2010.
“We’ve got to do the things you’ve got to do to win these games,” Fangio said. “And we haven’t done them.”
The difference between making those plays and not is seemingly minuscule. The difference in result is not.
That makes the game — a loss in which the Broncos gave up a 10-point second-half lead — frustrating. It also makes it somewhat possible to stomach, even as the Broncos now face their reality that includes three last-minute losses.
“I’ve said this so many times: In 2015, we had a lot of games like this, we were just the ones winning,” Wolfe said. “I’m sure the reporters were asking the guys in the [other] locker room, ‘Hey, how do you feel about losing by two points?’ And it was the same thing last year, it was a lot of close games. It just shows you how good of a team we have. It takes time.
“We’ve got a new coach. It just takes time, it takes time to get everybody on the same page and play a whole complete game. It takes experience with each other and trust, and you’ve got to care about each other and we’ll get there.”
They’ll aim to take that next step against Cleveland on Sunday — and then seven more times after the bye.
Each game will represent a chance to do good things. And to do enough of them to secure the ever-desired result.