DENVER (KDVR) — For the second time this season, the Denver Broncos will face an opponent in primetime. The Broncos can only hope that this time around the spotlight isn’t too bright.

That starts with rookie head coach Nathaniel Hackett, whose coaching decisions have appalled Broncos Country. From the 64-yard missed field goal in the loss in Seattle to time mismanagement and play-calling blunders against the Houston Texans.

To his credit, Hackett has vowed to clean things up this week against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday night at Empower Field at Mile High.

“I’ve never seen it like this,” former Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley said. “A lot of this stuff is high school, it’s ‘Pop Warner-ish.’ I mean, you just can’t keep making these mistakes. This is the NFL and you only got 17 weeks and [so far it’s] been a disaster. You can’t keep making these mistakes.”

But with a 1-1 record this season, the sky isn’t completely falling down upon Mile High.

“I am really surprised how they have thrown the ball so far,” Stokley said of the Broncos being ranked seventh in total offense. “We’ve talked about all of the negatives, but there are a lot of positives to take away from the running game and defense.”

On the injury front, the news isn’t great as 16 players were listed on Wednesday’s injury report, including wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and cornerback Patrick Surtain II who were hurt against the Texans.

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