Losing is never easy, especially losing to a team with only two wins. The score doesn’t show how one-sided this game was, but the Broncos still fought through it all. In this week’s article, we’ll break down the best performers from the Denver Broncos vs Atlanta Falcons 34-27 loss.
Offensive best performers
For the first week, both of the offensive best performers were rookies. First up is rookie receiver Jerry Jeudy. Jeudy finished the game with seven catches for 125 yards and a touchdown. Jeudy and Drew Lock (who also had a decent game) are finally getting a connection going, which is leading to excellent production from both. If Jeudy and Lock can keep this up, the future is bright for the young duo.
Our second player is fellow rookie receiver K.J. Hamler, who hauled in six catches for 75 yards. The young rookie hasn’t had a breakout game all season, but this might be it. He was also used on a gadget run play and picked up 15 yards. He’s being used as not just a receiver, but also an offensive weapon who can do it all. If he can have a 100+ yard game, we’ll know he’s a legit NFL receiver.
Defensive best performers
The defense was definitely not the best part of the team this game, but Justin Simmons (as usual) had a good game. Five tackles, two pass deflections, and one interception. Simmons is now tied for first in interceptions among all safeties. He’s also still the second-ranked safety in the league according to PFF. Simmons is currently on pace to have an All-Pro and Pro Bowl season.
Josey Jewell is the final player we’d love to highlight. Jewell has really shown out this season, recording 10 tackles in the past two games. There were questions about this linebacker core coming into the season, but Jewell and A.J. Johnson are both amazing run stuffers. They are both currently on pace for 100+ tackles.
Playoff hopes fading
Sitting at 3-5 and third in their division, the Broncos are slowly losing hope of a post-season appearance. If the Broncos can show up in the first half, and start running the ball better, this will be an entirely different team. In next week’s article, we’ll recap a huge divisional game between the Denver Broncos and the Las Vegas Raiders.