For Peyton Manning's detractors, there are no interceptions to analyze this time, no one or two ill-conceived throws to pick apart.
There is, however, another loss to dissect, along with the makings of a pattern the Broncos certainly don't want to prolong: Start slow, finish fast, talk about what might have been.
The latest defeat came Sunday at the hands of Houston quarterback Matt Schaub, who lost a small chunk of his ear after a brutal hit, but still outplayed Manning, throwing for four touchdowns against a confused Broncos defense to stake the Texans to a big lead en route to a 31-25 victory.
''I think you try to learn something from each game,'' Manning said. ''It's hard to look past a loss, but you certainly study yourself during the week.''
If he only looks at the final stat sheet - 26 for 52 for 330 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions - it might not feel so bad. But 120 of those yards and both scores came after the Broncos had fallen behind by 20.
It took a f...