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Starting Drew Lock may be only option to quiet Mile High boo birds

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With nothing to show the home crowd, Denver has little choice but to start Drew Lock.

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Ever since the Denver Broncos began their steady decline following Super Bowl 50, Joe Ellis, John Elway, and everyone on down the line has talked about how losing won’t be tolerated in Denver. They’re about to find that out just how true that statement is.

After collapsing against the Vikings and failing to even get off the plane in Buffalo, Broncos fans are rightly fed up. How do we know? Look no further than Groupon. Need more proof? Ticketmaster and Stubhub have tickets already listed at $50 for resale.

This is the same team that, after last year’s abysmal showing, raised prices on season ticket holders. The same team that revoked the season tickets of fans that didn’t use their tickets the way the team wanted them to. This is now the team offering discounts on Groupon and whose fans are willingly selling their tickets below face value.

How times have changed.

Raising prices and pulling season tickets aren’t the most fan friendly of practices and now the Broncos suddenly find themselves needing those same fans more than ever. For the last couple weeks, Denver has enjoyed the anonymous comfort of putrid play on the road ...but on Sunday they play at Mile High and I hear from the most reliable of sources that losing isn’t tolerated in Denver.

With no offense to offer and a defense incapable of getting off the field on 3rd down, there’s nothing outside of those pre-game parachuters to entice cash bearing fans to sit in what’s predicted to be 25-degree weather to watch the Broncos find new ways to embarrass themselves.

Wait, Denver has Drew Lock. Poor Drew Lock.

Unfortunately, it seems the only way to save the team from raging boos of pissed off Broncos fans is to trot Drew Lock out there. Not because he’s ready. Not because he can win. No, it’s likely the Denver Broncos will activate and start Drew Lock in a feeble attempt to keep fan discontent at bay. Fans will come to see the second round pick, won’t they? 3-8 doesn’t look so bad when the supposed future is out there under center, right?

We’ll see.

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