The Denver Broncos played their third preseason game on Monday night in Denver. The Broncos hosted the San Francisco 49ers at Mile High Stadium after a week of scrimmage with the visiting team. Both teams worked out at Dove Valley leading up to Monday night’s game and Bronco fans finally got to see their starting quarterback in action.
Quarterback Joe Flacco completed 7 of 11 passes for 59 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. While his performance wasn’t groundbreaking, it’s clear that Flacco is a game manager who can get the ball to any receiver on the field, a definitive improvement from last season.
On the opening drive, San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was intercepted by Denver cornerback Isaac Yiadom at the 49ers 48-yardline which led to Denver’s first score on a Brandon McManus field goal from 31 yards out. The Broncos added 3 more half way into the second quarter before San Francisco their first field goal by kicker Robbie Gould.
Coach Fangio was overall pleased by the performance of both the offense and defense, however had this to say about the offense, “I thought we did move the ball and made some critical plays. Joe made a nice third down conversion off the scramble. I thought we had some pretty good efficient play there in the early going with the offense, but again we’ve got to punch it in there and get seven not three.”
While Joe Flacco looked good in the first quarter, quarterback Drew Lock, John Elway’s protégé and potential future face of the organization replaced him in the second quarter playing until suffering from an injury to his hand early in the third quarter. Lock had this to say about the injury, “I got out of the pocket and just ended landing on that thumb. It’s just a little sprain. It should be alright.” Lock was ushered into the locker-room shortly after his injury where training staff was able to X-ray the rookie’s hand. Lock seemed upbeat about the results and had this to add, “I think it’s good news. X-rays were negative. They’ll check it out again tomorrow and I’ll get the further diagnosis tomorrow morning” and “Going in I know there was probably nothing broken in my hand. I just know my body pretty well. But again, X-rays being negative did feel pretty good.”
Denver rookie tight-end Noah Fant was also injured after being tackled on a short pass by quarterback Kevin Hogan. No reports on Fant’s injury were immediately made however, coach Fangio called it “mild in nature.”
The Colorado Rockies or more recently called “las cucarachas,” seem to have a new outlook on their less than stellar season. The Rockies over the past week have adopted the epithet “las cucarachas,” which refers to undying attitude to just win. Since taking on their new title the Rockies were able to prevent an Arizona Diamondbacks sweep and in the process, were able to sweep the Miami Marlins. The Rockies did however, lose their first game of three with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday in Arizona. The Rockies still remain in last place in the NL West however, they seem to have a new attitude about their current standing which is making games a littler more tolerable for fans. The Rockies wrap up their three-game series with Arizona on Wednesday before traveling to St. Louis to face the Cardinals in a four-game series.