The old proverbial one step forward two steps back has been the Denver Broncos moniker in recent years and 2020 hasn’t shown any reprisal of that sentiment.
On Monday the Denver Broncos were in Atlanta to face 2-6 Falcons team coming off a win over the Carolina Panthers. The Broncos too coming off a win over the San Diego Chargers were ready despite a slew of injury to both the offensive line and Denver’s secondary.
The rag-tag-JV-of-a defense gave up some big plays in the first half and though Denver’s offensive line only gave up a single sack in Sunday’s game they still allowed considerable pressure on quarterback Drew Lock. Additionally, Denver’s running backs were only able to muster 41 total yards, which was still 6 yards less than Drew Locks total rushing yards.
The Falcons jumped out to a 20-3 lead by halftime and added touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters. The Denver Broncos scored a field goal in the second quarter, and three touchdowns in the fourth quarter falling short of another late comeback.
To add insult to injury, the Denver Broncos lost rookie tight-end (TE) Albert Okwuegbunam in Sunday’s matchup for the season. Okwuegbunam suffered a torn ACL and was ruled out for the season on Monday.
Drew Lock had recently come under pressure after the Broncos humiliating loss to the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks ago, but was able to keep critics and fans at bay after leading Denver to their comeback win over the Chargers last week. Despite Denver’s loss in Atlanta, Lock has shown a sense of resiliency in bringing his team back from terrible first half outings. When asked about Lock’s early mistakes and late comeback, Coach Fangio had this to offer, “He’s a fighter, just like all our guys are. I just thought our whole offense – not just Drew – was out of sorts in the first half in particular. We were struggling to move the ball, obviously, and not making first downs, not scoring. We’ve got to get that fixed.”
Lock was critical of Denver’s first half performance, “Some points need to be scored, that’s for sure. Pick up a few first downs and you can’t be in their and longs – I said last week. First half we stunk, last week, and third and longs in this week. We just have to be better in that regard. There’s no magical potion for that to happen, it’s to come with work. I think we’re all ready to stop the it’s part of the process’ hoopla. Whatever you want to say, ‘the process’ or ‘young guys’ – whatever,’ said Lock.
The Broncos are still on the road this week and travel to Las Vegas to face the Raiders who are coming off a 31-26 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. The Raiders are second in the division ahead of the Broncos and Chargers.