*WARNING: This is a story highlighting tweets. If you do not like looking at tweets, do not read this story. It will be hazardous for your mental health, apparently. However, if you love celebrating Broncos wins with excited reactions, then enjoy.
Another game, another win.
And a shutout to boot!
Which is why the entire Broncos defense got a game ball from head coach Vic Fangio following the 26-0 shellacking.
The setting couldn’t have been better for the Broncos first home game with fans since 2019.
And the Mile High crowd did exactly what it was supposed to do - made life hell for the opposing team’s offense.
“Broncos fans are probably the best fans in the NFL,” head coach Vic Fangio said. “I did happen to see—because there was a lull in the action—when they posted that there was 3900 no shows and the people booed. Maybe we’ll get those 3900 in here next Sunday...I think it’s a great football stadium with a great atmosphere and our fans make it that way.”
Teddy Bridgewater, who had to play against this crowd a few years ago as the Vikings’ quarterback, much preferred to be on Denver’s side.
“Man, how about that fan base out there today? It’s great,” he said. “It was loud out there. I experienced it on the other side a couple years ago, so it was great to be a part of the winning side.”
The Broncos didn’t start as fast as they wanted, having to punt after just five plays on their first possession.
But the defense came through with a stop of its own after just four plays from Zach Wilson and the Jets, setting up what is becoming a signature style for a Broncos’ offensive “drive” - 10-plus plays, methodical approach down the field with a mix of run and pass, lots of receivers involved, then the occasional big play to keep the momentum high.
Broncos in 11 personnel on 3rd and 9, Teddy Bridgewater finds an open K.J. Hamler pic.twitter.com/hWHAuaNfgW— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) September 26, 2021
After the Broncos scored a touchdown on their second drive, the Denver defense never took its foot off the gas.
Zach Wilson’s next outing went like this: Pressure from Mike Purcell leads to Shelby Harris sack; chased out of the pocket, throws incomplete; Von Miller sack; punt.
Anytime Wilson and the Jets’ offense even came close to getting a drive going or even sniffed a chance at a score, the Broncos defense was there to squelch their dreams.
Zach Wilson eludes the rush on 3rd and long and launches the ball downfield. Patrick Surtain II in coverage.— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) September 26, 2021
And that was pretty much the Jets’ day at Mile High.
“We just played good football—which is what we like to do,” Fangio said after the game. “We were where we were supposed to be, and we’re there doing it the right way.”
Broncos making Zach Wilson into a Denver omelet. Five sacks, one INT and a 52.4 rating today.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) September 26, 2021
On the other side of the ball, Teddy Bridgewater went 19 of 25 for 235 yards and no interceptions. He had his choice of targets as just about every guy on the team eligible to catch a ball did.
Teddy Bridgewater has completed a pass to 8 different receivers.— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensDNVR) September 26, 2021
Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams combined to add 70 yards rushing. It wasn’t great, but it was enough as both pranced into the end zone for Denver’s only two touchdowns.
One of the few mistakes of the day was Williams’ fumble at the goal line, and the offense had to settle for field goals several times despite being inside the red zone.
But overall the offense was moving.
“Yeah, it was much better than the first two games,” Fangio said, but noted the Broncos have to figure out a way to utilize the run game more.
Broncos touchdown!— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) September 26, 2021
Javonte Williams gets 6! pic.twitter.com/3BM0lgxuKQ
“We’re going to have to figure out a way to run the ball against these loaded boxes or we just have to keep throwing it,” Fangio added. “That would be the one thing these first three teams definitely didn’t want us to get started—running the ball. All three of them had various degrees of success doing that.
Despite injuries to some key starters - Dalton Risner, Graham Glasgow and KJ Hamler - the outcome of the game was a huge success and anything other than literally or figuratively doing the wave in celebration is just unacceptable.
A 3-0 Broncos team is no joke.
Imagine being 3-0— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) September 27, 2021
After being 0-3 at the same juncture
The last two seasons
Having a shutout
And a QB who hasn’t turned it over
And getting no pleasure from it
Misery is a choice
And the Broncos, most of Broncos Country, and the rest of the NFL knows it.
Jags and Jets no red zone snaps the last two games.— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) September 27, 2021
First time for #Broncos D with consecutive no red zone trips allowed since at least 2000.
NFL TIERS— Computer Cowboy (@benbbaldwin) September 27, 2021
THE BRONCOS AND PANTHERS ARE THE BEST TEAMS IN THE NFL pic.twitter.com/TWJPdsdq6c
I joking told a guy at the bar before the season started the #Broncos would win the Super bowl.— J-E-T-S (0-3) (@GoodOlJets) September 27, 2021
Now after their hot start, I'm thinking I might be on to something
Watching the #Broncos at Empower Field yesterday was so much fun.— Thomas Hall (@ThomasHallNFL) September 27, 2021
The Broncos have NOT beaten a good football team yet, but they have sucked the soul out of every team they played so far. That counts for something— ThatsGoodSports (@BrandonPerna) September 27, 2021
Last year the #Broncos won 5 games by a combined 28 points. Their average margin of victory was 5.6 ppg.— Jedi Master Mario (@MileHighMario) September 27, 2021
Their biggest win was by 9 points.
So far this year they've won 3 games by a combined 50 points. Their average margin of victory is 16.67 ppg.
Keep that sh*t quiet tho https://t.co/2uMyoJ1owh— Shelby Harris (@ShelbyHarris93) September 27, 2021
Of course the bigger tests to this team are coming, and the Broncos most certainly know that too.
But they aren’t taking the wins for granted or thinking there’s not a lot of work still to do.
“Now that we’ve had a taste of success, you know, we just want to stay there,” Bridgewater said. “There is always room for improvement, and that’s the thing about this game that can humble you in so many ways. So as long as we keep that mindset of being humble and understand that our best is still yet to come, we can do some things moving forward. But it’s great to come away and get this start, 3-0, build confidence in the locker room, and we just want to keep it going.”
1-0 every week, baby.