Well, it was a fun two weeks. After two weeks of uplifting spirits in Denver, the air is full of sadness again. The Denver Broncos were stopped in their tracks by the electric Kansas City Chiefs. In this week’s article, we’ll break down this week’s best performers from a 43-16, snow-filled loss.
Offensive Best Performers
After a week six filled with drops, Albert Okwuegbunam had a much better week seven. He had seven catches for 60 yards, and a PFF grade of 86.9. Drew Lock had a passer rating of 102.4 when throwing to Albert, and a 57.7 rating for the entire game, which shows Albert’s impact. It was a much better performance compared to last week, but they’re still hoping for big things from the young tight end.
Phillip Lindsay had a fantastic first half. At the end of the second quarter, Lindsay got a concussion and had to sit out the entire second half of the game. Despite only playing one half, Lindsay recorded nine rushes for 79 yards, averaging 8.8 yards per carry. Hopefully, Lindsay can be healthy by Sunday’s game against the Chargers; his impact on this offense will be key to winning.
Defensive Best Performers
For the second week in a row, Malik Reed had a fantastic game. Another five tackle, two-sack game from Reed proved just how important he is to this team. Reed is definitely filling in for Von Miller and will be perfect in rotation with Von next season. Between him and Bradley Chubb, they have a combined 8.5 sacks in the past three games.
The second player we’d like to highlight is Alexander Johnson. We mentioned him weeks back, but his name hasn’t come up in the past few games. This week A.J. had nine total tackles, and a tone-setting forced fumble early in the game. He’s also currently a top 20 middle linebacker on PFF. A fantastic game by AJ solidified himself as the center of this linebacking core, and he’s also a key reason why this Broncos run defense is so dominant.
2-4 but still hopeful?
While the casual fan might look at the Broncos 2-4 start and count them out, looking at this Broncos team you can easily tell they can be a wildcard team. If you read my article on how the Broncos can make the playoffs, you’d know they can still go 9-7. All they need to do is split the divisional games, win the winnable games, and play up to their potential. Tune in next week where we’ll recap the Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Chargers week eight matchup.