Fans in the Mile High City weren’t sure how to handle the Denver Broncos bye over the weekend while others didn’t have any issues what so ever with both the Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche playing.
The Avalanche set up a weekend of winning on Thursday night when they hosted the Nashville Predators a team that was in the top five NHL Power rankings. The first period looked as if the game would be a close one as both teams scored matching goals before Colorado took a 2-1 lead heading into the 2nd period. Even in the second the Predators kept pace with Colorado until the Avalanche went on a scoring frenzy six goals in the second taking a 8-3 lead at the end of two. Both teams added one more in the third with the final, Colorado 9, Nashville 4.
The Avalanche added another thriller at Pepsi Center on Saturday night when they hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets went up 2-0 in the first before Colorado added their first goal. The Avalanche defense did the rest by holding the Blue Jackets to no goals in the 2nd and 3rd periods, adding three more of their own to beat Columbus 4-2. The Colorado Avalanche travel to Winnipeg Tuesday night to face the Jets.
The Denver Nuggets hosted the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night at Pepsi Center, where the Nuggets bolstered some Pepsi Center magic left over from the Avalanche win over the Predators the previous night. The Nuggets were on their way to what seemed to be an embarrassing blowout by the 76ers trailing 84-65 at the end of three. The Nuggets down 21 in the fourth quarter created an atmosphere at Pepsi Center that kept the entire building on their feet, crawling back from a huge deficit by outscoring the 76ers 35-13 in the fourth giving the Nuggets a 100-97 win over Philly.
The following night on the road in Minnesota the Nuggets and Timberwolves battled in the first half with a two-point differential in Denver’s favor heading into the half. The Nuggets outscored the Timberwolves 27-13 in the third however, Minnesota came back to tie the game in regulation to force overtime (OT) at the Target Center. The Nuggets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves in OT 100-98 to seal the win.
The Denver Nuggets will face the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night at Pepsi Center.
In other sports the Denver Broncos have confirmed that backup quarterback Drew Lock will practice this week after coming off a hand injury. Although Lock will return from injured reserve this doesn’t mean he’ll be active per coach Vic Fangio. “We’ll try to get him as many (reps) as we can. Some of that will be scout team, too. You’ve got to remember this guy hasn’t taken a snap or been in the huddle since the middle of August,” said coach Fangio.
The Denver Broncos will face an offense led by former Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak this weekend in Minnesota against the Vikings. The Vikings are currently 7-3 with wins over the Atlanta Falcons, the Oakland Raiders, the New York Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Detroit Lions, the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night football this past weekend. While the Vikings haven’t had a terribly difficult schedule they are still second in their division ahead of the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, second only to the Green Bay Packers. Sunday’s game is scheduled for 11 a.m. MST and will be shown on CBS.