Its official, we made it through week one of the weirdest NFL season in history. Having no fans in Mile High Stadium was a odd sight for Broncos fans everywhere.
Covid-19 has made it’s mark on the world, but the show must go on for America’s biggest game. In this article, we will recap the Broncos best performers in the 16 – 14 loss to the Derrick Henry led Tennessee Titans.
Best offensive performers
Beginning our list of best performers, Noah Fant starts us off with an amazing performance against the Titans. He led the Broncos in both receptions and receiving yards, with five catches and 81 yards. He also had the Broncos first touchdown of the day, a fantastic cross body sidearm by second year signal caller Drew Lock. The chemistry between the young quarterback and tight end is evident, and that performance was bound to happen with the absence of Courtland Sutton due to a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. If Lock and Fant keep up this connection all season, we could see the emergence of something special in Denver.
Drew Lock is the second player to highlight. His stats won’t blow you away, but he is proving he’s the guy in Denver. Drew threw for 216 yards, going 22 of 33 passing. He had a 66.7% QB rating, and took zero sacks the entire game.
Although he was without his favorite target, Drew looked impressive. His only flaws? He fumbled two snaps and missed a wide open deep ball to Daesean Hamilton that probably would’ve won Denver the game. While that’s a whole lot of “what if’s,” Drew can’t make these mistakes against better opponents like Kansas City.
Last but not least, we need to talk about the new guy in town, Melvin Gordon.
Gordon had a great game, averaging 5.2 yards on 15 carries, and rushing in for a touchdown to take the lead in the back half of the game. He had 78 yards rushing on the game, along with a huge 25 yard tone setter late in the game. An early fumble was costly for Gordon, but he put it behind him as he continued to pound the rock. While 78 yards isn’t anything to drool over, Gordon showed he could take over in the second half while Phillip Lindsay dealt with turf toe.
Defensive best performers
There’s only two guys we want to highlight on the defense, although the defense as a whole played an amazing game.
Starting off, the spotlight turns to Alexander Johnson. Johnson had 12 tackles, and was truly the center of this Broncos defense in the run game. Johnson and Josey Jewell, the third year linebacker out of Iowa, combined for 20 tackles on the game. Josey even laid out Derrick Henry in the backfield for a loss. A great duo, but A.J. really shined against an league leading running game.
Casey had probably the best day of all the Denver defensive lineman. His final stat line was, six tackles, three solo tackles, and two pass deflections. A defensive lineman getting two pass deflections against his old team is a fantastic way to top off a revenge game. The entire Denver defensive line held their ground and shut down the run, but Casey was key on every play. He gave his all against his former team and really showed that he is still the pro bowl caliber player he’s always been.
Broken hearts in Denver
All in all, a heartbreaking defeat in Mile High left Broncos fans wondering about the future of this team. A tough road game against the Steelers next week will prove if this Broncos team has what it takes to play up to competition. Tune in next week where we’ll have the best player performances of week two; Denver at Pittsburgh.