All I can say is wow. That’s the only word that can describe this Denver Broncos vs Los Angeles Chargers game. The first half was a terrible Broncos offensive performance, while the second half was the best offense Broncos fans have seen in a long time. A 31-30 last-second Broncos win restored tons of faith in the hearts of fans all around the world. In this week’s article, we’ll break down our best performers from a 21-point Broncos comeback.
Offensive best performers
I never thought I’d be saying this, but for the first time this season, the offense looked good (in the fourth quarter that is). The first person we’d like to highlight is quarterback Drew Lock. He barely made this list, but a stellar fourth quarter changed the entire game. Drew led the comeback and finished with 248 yards passing, three touchdowns, and one interception. We’d also love to give a shoutout to K.J. Hamler who caught the game-winning touchdown, which was also his first career touchdown catch.
Wide receiver Daesean Hamilton had his best game catching the football. He recorded four receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown. Daesean has always been a fantastic route runner and blocker on run plays, but he had his best day as a receiver today. A key 40-yard touchdown by Daesean put the Broncos back in the game. A true breakout game after many disappointing drops from the receiver, and even just flat out not trying to catching the ball.
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The final offensive player we would love to highlight is running back Phillip Lindsay. Although he only had six carries, Lindsay recorded 83 yards, and a 55-yard touchdown run, which started the Broncos comeback to victory. Broncos fans are pleading to get Phillip the ball more, as he averages the most yards per carry (6.7) in the entire NFL.
Defensive best performers
The most underrated player on this defense, cornerback Bryce Callahan, had an amazing game. An interception that turned out to be huge, a PFF grade of 90.6, and being ranked as the second-best corner in the league by PFF. Head coach Vic Fangio said, “I told him last night and today, I think that interception was probably the best play in his career, and I’ve seen every play of his career.” High praise from someone who’s coached the corner throughout his entire career.
The final player to highlight is safety Justin Simmons. Simmons ranks second in the league among safeties (PFF.) He also had a fantastic game on Sunday. An interception on the first Chargers drive of the game set the tone for the defense, that they came to play. He’s also the highest-graded run defending safety in the league. Vic Fangio and this defense are something special, so let’s hope the offense can pick up where they left off.
3-4 and hungry for more
The Broncos sit at 3-4, only one game behind second place in the division. If the Broncos keep up this pace, the wildcard spot will be waiting for them. If not, questions will start to loom about the future of this team, specifically at quarterback. Tune in next week, where we’ll recap the best performers from the Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons week nine showdown.