You could make a case for either.

Most fans, I’d figure, expected to lose on the road against the Peyton Manning-led Denver juggernaut. Anything good that happened against the Broncos would be a bonus. Gravy.

Pierre Garcon Pierre Garcon’s spectacular catch was encouraging. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

And then it started to happen. Probably enough that you thought the upset was possible. Once it got to 21-7, all the Redskins had to do was keep running the ball, control the tempo of the game so that the Broncos never got going, and their crowd never got into it.

If it were only that easy.

But that’s where the frustration comes in. It wasn’t all Denver. I mean, it was mostly Denver, but the Redskins made it easy. The turnovers, the play-calling … I’m sure you had a few gripes of your own.

Then again, you could look at the whole thing and see signs, going into a stretch where they face the Chargers, Vikings and Eagles, that the team could be .500 in three weeks.

Did you come away more encouraged than frustrated, or more encouraged than frustrated?

Demaryius Thomas Demaryius Thomas’s catch on the other hand, was more discouraging. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

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