Pardon the language, but there really isn’t anything else to say.
As Adam Malnati and I talked about on the MHR Radio Podcast, the Denver Broncos rode the Drew Train into southeast Texas and smashed the Houston Texans in a 38-24 win. That was exciting. That was fun. That was everything the Broncos haven’t been the last three years.
Welcome to Drewcember, Broncos Country!
Per the usual, I’m bound to forget someone, so please mention them in the comments. Despite a debate with my wife (she wanted me to have a losers list), I won’t have losers after that impressive win.
Now that was impressive, and even that feels like an understatement. After his first start in the NFL at home against the Los Angeles Chargers, the first road game against the Houston defense was a stern test. The rookie quarterback aced that test.
Lock was 22-of-27 passing for 309 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. That pick was the lone bad decision he made, and he just got greedy. But Lock was composed, confident and played one helluva game.
Wait it gets better.
Per Patrick Smyth, with his performance on Sunday in Houston, Lock is the first rookie in NFL history to have at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in his first-career road start. Yes, we still need to see more and it’s only Lock’s second start, but there is reason to feel excitement. It definitely seems like Denver is Locked and Loaded at quarterback. Show you’ve got your ticket on the Drew Train with this shirt from our partners at BreakingT.
I said last week Broncos Country could get used to hearing “Lock-to-Sutton” over the next decade. Add “Lock-to-Fant.” That combo was fun to watch. Hopefully Fant’s injury isn’t serious and he’s able to get on the field against the Kansas City Chiefs, and that appears to be the case. Andrew Mason tweeted that Fant said his foot is fine, and expects to be good to go for KC. Fant had four catches for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Denver’s first-year offensive coordinator gets a lot of flack. He deserves significant credit for the game plan he put forth and the game he called. I said coming into this game that Scangarello needed to give Lock more leash. He did that, and Lock took advantage of it. As Lock said after the game, “I think coach Scangarello called an awesome game.”
Making his first start of the season, and of his career, Schlottman played pretty dang well. The offensive line deserves credit as well in that it only gave up one sack.
You think the former Texans safety was amped to play his former team on Sunday? Have a day, Jackson. The Broncos safety had 11 tackles (six solo), three passes defended, an interception and a touchdown. He almost had a pick-six, too. Jackson was all over the field and was a bad man.
Speaking of Denver defenders who were all over the field, Attaochu was another. The linebacker had two tackles, two sacks, one tackle for loss, a fumble recovery and a great play to give Jackson the football on his fumble recovery.
Ho-hum, just another day at the office for one of the best safeties in the NFL. Simmons had six tackles (two solo) and three passes defended. The Broncos need to pay this man. Oh, and get him to the Pro Bowl.
The “Dino” made his presence felt once again, and this is such a great sight for Denver’s defense. Johnson had five tackles (two solo) and a forced fumble that resulted in Jackson’s touchdown.
The other member of the Broncos middle linebacker combo led the team with 15 tackles (five solo). The pairing of Johnson and Davis could be fun to watch.
It’s been a long three years with not much to get excited about. So this “fun” thing after a big win is a bit foreign, nevertheless a pleasant change. It is only two games, but get your seats on the Drew Train as we roll through Drewcember.
Again, after that impressive win, no one makes this list.