Last week the Denver Broncos fell short of a fourth quarter comeback late in their game against the Atlanta Falcons. This past weekend the Broncos traveled to Las Vegas to face divisional foes, the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium.
In the first half the Broncos managed to keep it close trailing the Raiders 6-10 at the half, but it was Broncos quarterback Drew Lock who struggled most of Sunday, giving up four interceptions to his one touchdown. Two of Lock’s interceptions came in Raider’s territory at the Raiders 10 and 25 yard lines.
The final interception pretty much summed up how Denver’s day was going with Denver threatening to score in a late fourth quarter drive, Lock tried to hit tight-end (TE) Troy Fumagalli over the center for a short pass and was picked off to close out the game.
While a touchdown would not have given the Broncos a win, it may have negated at least one of Lock’s previous missteps in the game. While fans are becoming rightfully frustrated with a team that has failed to make the playoffs every year since their Super Bowl win in 2015, the frustration is only mounting for the young quarterback who commanded high expectations.
Coach Vic Fangio was asked about his concerns regarding Drew Lock’s four-interception performance in Las Vegas, and he had this to say, “Obviously, It’s very much of a concern. With four interceptions-you can’t win turning the ball over that much. We’ve got to do a good job of evaluation why we’ve thrown these interceptions, what can we do to help him. Everybody’s fingerprints is on that performance, coaches, players, and we all have to take a good hard look at it, which we have been on a weekly basis, but we haven’t found the right formula yet to be consistent on offense.”
When Drew Lock met the media he was asked where his confidence stands and if there were enough games in the season to turn things around, “Yes, there’s always time. There’s always time, if you have the mindset, that’s good and that’s positive. Obviously, I have a very real mindset. I realize that it was not very good today and it hasn’t been very good the past couple of weeks, but it doesn’t get better if you dwell on it. You can only keep moving forward and you keep looking into next week and keep coming out and playing-just keep pushing.”
Sunday’s loss marks the Broncos 6th loss of the season with seven games left most of which stack up against teams with winning records. Next Sunday the Broncos will host the Miami Dolphins who are on a five-game winning streak after defeating the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday 29-21.
In other sports, the Denver Nuggets are primed for the NBA draft. Many names have been thrown around for potential 1st rounder’s for the Nuggets including CU Buff’s guard, Tyler Bey. The Nuggets are 22nd in this years first round draft order, and while they have depth after a successful 2019 draft, there’s plenty of work to get done before the start of the season which is expected to begin before the year is out.