The Denver Broncos' strong start to the season was halted by the Buffalo Bills yesterday, but it wasn't the most surprising thing to come from their Week Three game.
The Broncos lost 26-16 to the Bills on Sunday, a team which struggled to score three points the week before. A shocking loss for Denver considering their strong start to the 2017 season against Los Angeles Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys.
While quarterback Trevor Siemian had by far his worst game of the season and the Broncos' defense were unable to contain Tyrod Taylor, the team also committed 10 penalties which cost them a vital 79 yards on the field. One of the penalties, however, was a silly one to give.
During the fourth quarter of the game, Von Miller knocked Taylor to the ground on an incomplete third-down pass that would have forced the Bills to punt the ball and give an opportunity for the Broncos to tie the game up at 23-23.
However, in the moments after the play had finished, the pass-rusher reached out his hand to offer the quarterback assistance up, before putting it away in a joking fashion with both of them laughing about it. The referees didn't find it funny though, as Miller was flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct, giving Buffalo an automatic first down.
The Bills would end up coming away from this drive with a field goal that would ultimately put the game out of reach for the Broncos. Take a look at the incident yourself in the tweet below.
Miller said after the game, according to ABC Denver: “I am always on the rookies and all the young guys about being smart and I go out there and make a stupid mistake in a crucial situation in the game. I have to be better than that. It hits you in the stomach. One thing about it, I always bounce back and learn from mistakes. But I killed the game.”
The Broncos simply didn't play well enough throughout the game to win it, but the referees to make a call like this at this stage of the game when it was quite obvious that both players were just joking around is a little bit harsh and ultimately, helped seal the fate of the game.
Denver will be looking to bounce back next Sunday, hopefully with fewer penalties, against Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders.