Last week the Denver Broncos announced that quarterback Joe Flacco would be placed on injured reserve (IR) and his replacement Brandon Allen would start in Denver’s matchup with the Cleveland Browns. While the Browns have experienced similar troubles to the Broncos with quarterback Baker Mayfield, not many believed the Broncos had a chance at beating Cleveland with an unknown quarterback who had never taken a snap in a regular season game in the NFL.
The unknown quarterback was up for the challenge and for Bronco fans, he didn’t disappoint. The Broncos stalled on their first possession but Denver’s defense was able to create a first short possession for the Browns. It was then that fans got to see Allen move the ball 63 yards on 9 plays mostly from shotgun and a remarkable pass and catch by Allen and his intended receiver Courtland Sutton from 21 yards out for Denver’s first touchdown of the day. Sutton’s acrobatic catch has been replayed on social media and most of the sport media outlets with his Randy Moss-esque grab over his defender.
From there the Broncos were able to stretch their lead to 17-12 by the half adding another touchdown from rookie tight-end (TE) Noah Fant and a field goal. The Broncos added another touchdown in the third on a 30-yard trot into the endzone by running back (RB) Phillip Lindsay giving the Broncos some more breathing room. Cleveland however was able to score on their ensuing drive closing the gap to 5 points.
It was Denver’s defense who came up big like they had all game after stopping the Browns at their own 28 yard line after Cleveland went for it on 4th down. Denver was able to pick up a first down from the Wildcat, a direct snap to Phillip Lindsay to seal Denver’s third win of the season.
In other sports the Denver Nuggets beat the Orlando Magic after a slow start on Saturday night in Orlando. The Nuggets were coming off a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans last Thursday night in New Orleans and a loss to the Dallas Mavericks in Denver last Tuesday night. The Nuggets will host the Miami Heat Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Pepsi Center and the Philadelphia 76ers this Friday at 7 p.m. before heading to Minnesota to face the Timberwolves on Sunday night.
The Colorado Avalanche are reeling after losing four straight to the Anaheim Ducks, the Florida Panthers, the Dallas Stars and the Phoenix Coyotes. Colorado will travel to Dallas to face the Stars Tuesday night and will return to Pepsi Center on Thursday night to face the Nashville Predators at 7 p.m. The Avalanche have been trying to figure out a fix for missing captain Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen who have both been placed on injured reserve indefinitely. The Avs are in search of leadership in their absence and hope to figure things out in the absence of two of their very best players.