Good morning, Broncos Country!
Hang on. I know what happened. I’m not thrilled either. I’m just not as mad as Ian St. Clair was on the MHR Radio Podcast. The 48-19 flogging will have that effect on people. Fortunately, I really only got to see the first half. So, for me, it was a fairly close 21-13 affair.
I know that the end result was bad. The offense was inept in the second half. The defense played like they had a bunch of third and fourth stringers on the field. Probably because they did. Anyone who was subjected to that horror show would walk away with pessimism oozing out of their ear holes.
I, on the other hand, left before the bloodbath began. And because of that, I actually don’t think it was that bad. Not the final score. That was horrendous. But watching Drew Lock in the first half was pretty OK. Not a ringing endorsement, but better than it could have been.
The Broncos scored two touchdowns in the second quarter. They could have had a 3-0 lead if Brandon McManus hadn’t been held out of the game because of his negative COVID-19 tests (it’s complicated). Lock’s TD pass to Noah Fant was a thing of beauty.
Sure, a little luck played into one of their scores, but you have to take advantage of mistakes. They did, and it resulted in another Melvin Gordon TD. A muffed punt gave them great field position, and Lock and the offense capitalized.
At the end of the second quarter, the Broncos went 75 yards in just under 2 minutes. Lock connected with Fant, a couple of times. He hit Gordon a couple times. He found Jerry Jeudy for 19 yards with 18 seconds left. With the ball on the 6-yard line, Lock put the ball in the perfect spot, and Fant came down with a great catch in the end zone.
The Broncos missed the extra point, but it was a great way to finish out the first half. Lock is getting better. You can see a future where the weapons on offense carry the team. It’s not leaps and bounds, but the improvement is there.
Sure, I got in the car after that and wasn’t subjected to the second half. But do I have to be negative? Nope. I saw some positive stuff. In the end, it’s more likely that the Broncos will go into 2021 with few changes. Hopefully, they can be more of that first half team, and none of that second half team.
Time will tell.
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