clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Drew Lock, Broncos surprise us in a good way in first preseason game

When it comes to first steps, it doesn’t get any better for the Broncos. Hopefully this becomes a trend.

NFL: Denver Broncos at Minnesota Vikings Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, Broncos Country!

That was a helluva first step for the Denver Broncos.

Drew Lock was better than I expected.

The offense was sharp.

Teddy Bridgewater was steady and also played well.

Javonte Williams is going to be a lot of fun to watch.

Pat Surtain II was equally, if not more, impressive.

KJ Hamler could become a serious offensive weapon.

Trinity Benson carried over his strong training camp with a two-touchdown performance.

Caden Sterns flashed in his first NFL game.

I could keep going, but you get the idea. When it comes to first preseason games, it doesn’t get any better than for Denver. It certainly beats the alternative.

And how nice was it to see 33 points? Yes, even against a Minnesota Vikings defense that didn’t play most of its starters. It feels like forever since the Broncos scored 33 points, let alone 26 in the first half. In fact, per Dave Logan on the radio call of the game, this is the most points they’ve scored in a preseason game since they beat the Los Angeles Rams 40-31 in 1988.

No doubt it was the first preseason game against a team that didn’t play its starters. Some will choose to focus on that aspect of the game. Others will enjoy what they saw and hope Denver builds off this heading into next week, the week after that and into the regular season. It’s certainly not a bad thing that Lock and the Broncos looked as good as they did, right?

I’ve been skeptical of Lock all offseason, but even I can admit he looked really good and was in control of the offense on Saturday. To have Lock and Denver carry this over to the regular season ...

That’s the key in all of this, for Lock, Bridgewater and the Broncos to play the same way come Week 1 against the New York Giants. Now Bridgewater gets his chance to start against the Seattle Seahawks and see if he can match what Lock threw out there against the Vikings. The bar has been set in this competition.

In the meantime, Broncos Country has a lot to like right now. When it comes to first steps, it doesn’t get any better.

Broncos News

First-Ever FanDuel FanFest To Feature The Chainsmokers, Broncos & Rockies Legends
Broncos Country has the chance to meet Champ Bailey, Aqib Talib and Jake Plummer.

Analysis: Lock and Bridgewater sharp, Surtain lives up to expectations vs. Vikings
DenverBroncos.com’s Phil Milani, Aric DiLalla and Sydney Jones breakdown what happened in the Broncos’ 33-6 victory over the Vikings in the first preseason game.

Drew Lock, Bridgewater impressive in big Broncos win over Vikings | 9news.com
First-round corner Pat Surtain II comes up with 30-yard pick six as the game couldn’t have gone much better for Broncos.

Drew draws masterpiece, Teddy remains steady as QBs star in Broncos win
Given the opportunity to throw the first punch, Drew Lock landed a haymaker, delivering two touchdowns, while showing confidence and poise in play action in a preseason win over Minnesota. Teddy Bridgewater responded with efficient rabbit punches, producing scores on his two drives.

Vic Fangio - No separation between Drew Lock, Teddy Bridgewater after both impress in Denver Broncos’ preseason opener
Both Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater led scoring drivers and looked comfortable in the Broncos’ offense en route to a 33-6 victory over the Vikings.

NFL News

2021 NFL preseason - This Just In: Fields shines in Chicago Bears pre-season win over Miami Dolphins - Windy City Gridiron
A new era starts with only a brief moment of anxiety before our hero came out slaying dolphins like a poorly-designed tuna net.

NFL preseason Week 1 updates and schedule — Justin Fields thrives in debut with Bears, Bridgewater returns to Minnesota as a Bronco
The first full week of NFL preseason games continued Saturday, as Justin Fields shined in his first game in Chicago and Teddy Bridgewater came out on top in his return to Minnesota.

NFL: Trevor Lawrence makes much-anticipated preseason debut
Trevor Lawrence wasn’t perfect, but he had some big-time throws.

NFL quarterbacks might be dissatisfied, but player empowerment hasn’t arrived yet - The Washington Post
There was so much speculation, so much anticipation of league-altering chaos. And in the end, so much stayed the same.

2021 NFL preseason, Week 1: What we learned from Saturday’s games
Week 1 of the preseason carried on Saturday with a full slate of games. Here’s what we learned.

Bears agree to terms with former Eagles All-Pro OT Jason Peters
In need of offensive line reinforcements, the Bears are turning to a well-seasoned veteran for some assistance.