Two weeks in a row of being completely surprised by this Broncos team has me so jacked up about the future - make that “K-JACKed” - it’s hard to be eloquent in explaining it.
So I won’t even try. I’ll just let the players’ and team tweets tell you - beginning with the quote of the year from my favorite Bronco (*Warning: NSFW).
Von Miller on Drew Lock: “He’s a fucking rock star.”— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) December 8, 2019
It all started with a great game plan - of which the Texans players became all too aware too late to make up a 35-point deficit.
And although the offense couldn’t score after midway through the third, its beatdown prior to that was too much for the Texans to recover.
Fangio and his staff will like this comment from Texans safety Justin Reid: 'They came out with a great game plan. Denver, plain and simple, played better than us. I think they just did a great job scheming us. They came out well-prepared, they played better than us.'' #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) December 9, 2019
Rich Scangarello called a hell of a game.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) December 8, 2019
For once, it was a game that both the offense and defense played close to their best football, knocking off an 8-4 playoff contender in their house.
And no one was happier about that than former Texans safety Kareem Jackson who played like the Pro Bowler he deserves to be, notching an interception as well as a touchdown after Alexander Johnson forced a fumble that Jeremiah Attaochu picked up and then handed off to K-Jack.
Texans fans were none too happy about it, ya’ll.
You mad??? I think you are lmaooo https://t.co/HJD1FwcuqI— Kareem Jackson (@ReemBoi25) December 9, 2019
Didn’t ask you lmaooo https://t.co/T1LAqbeR5I— Kareem Jackson (@ReemBoi25) December 9, 2019
I’m calm https://t.co/r49ZBoGfyc— Kareem Jackson (@ReemBoi25) December 9, 2019
But Broncos fans could not get enough.
Nor could K-Jack’s teammates.
Jeremiah Attaochu handing it off to Kareem Jackson is the smartest play I've seen in a while.— Ari Alexander (@AriA1exander) December 8, 2019
My guy @ReemBoi25 https://t.co/PaijKGJ5Xp— Dalton Risner (@Dalton_Risner66) December 9, 2019
Did y’all see @ReemBoi25 today? #ProBowlVote Kareem Jackson.— Justin Simmons (@jsimms1119) December 8, 2019
My brotha played a helluva game
STRAIGHT BALLED TF OUT DUDE. LIKE YOU PUT YA FOOT IN THEY TAILS. WAY TO GO BIG GUY WAY TO GO. https://t.co/aWpS5WCc3R— William (@PhillyWill11) December 9, 2019
Jackson and the entire Broncos’ defense held Deshaun Watson and the Texans’ offense to three touchdowns, sacking Watson three times, intercepting him twice and forcing one fumble.
Although Watson and DeAndre Hopkins were a threatening duo throughout the second half, the Broncos’ D kept Houston’s high-octane offense from ever getting into serious striking distance.
Love what I’m seeing!— Derek Wolfe (@Derek_Wolfe95) December 8, 2019
Big W and Good battle with deandrehopkins definitely one of the best ✊ https://t.co/tUCZIIscDo— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisJr) December 9, 2019
YEAHHHHHHHH LETS GOOOOOO GREAT DAMN WINNNNNN YESSIRRRRRR LETS ROCK OUTTTT BIG GAME BY MY BOYSSSSS— William (@PhillyWill11) December 9, 2019
But it was the offense that really took charge of the game, scoring on all of its first five drives in the game.
And that came from some seriously young energy.
Drew Lock’s signature celebration is epic @DrewLock23 @MizzouFootball @Broncos pic.twitter.com/NJqDBjacyB— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) December 8, 2019
I'm told this is an inside look at Drew Lock taking pre-snap reads of Houston's defense pic.twitter.com/oh0FR2UBDr— Nick Rothschild (@nick_rothschild) December 9, 2019
Drew Lock posted a 98.7 QBR today— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) December 9, 2019
That’s the highest QBR by any quarterback not named Lamar Jackson this season.
It’s also the highest QBR by any Broncos quarterback since 2007.
The young guys are stepping up. pic.twitter.com/W0P7gfoXSK— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) December 9, 2019
.@nrfant is just the sixth rookie tight end in @NFL history with multiple 100‐yard receiving games.— Phil Milani (@philmilani) December 8, 2019
Mike Ditka holds the record with 5 in 1961. https://t.co/zCzpU3K5pH
“We came in & we handled business. … Great team win!” - @ReemBoi25— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) December 9, 2019
The locker room was ’d up after we #BeatTheTexans! pic.twitter.com/lcjR4C4X0E
And so here we are.
And it never felt so good to get a win in a what is no longer a lost season.
This picture says a lot about where the @Broncos are going. 3 of the youngest, most important parts of our offense jacked for the defensive player. This team is coming together in a big way. Credit Fangio and this team for not giving up on the season.— Lex Kinghorn (@LexKinghorn) December 9, 2019