On Sunday, the Denver Broncos hosted the Miami Dolphins at Empowerment Field at Mile High. The Dolphins were riding a five-game winning streak, after beating Denver’s division rivals, the Los Angeles Chargers the previous Sunday.
So goes the ground game, the ultimate deciding factor for Denver wins this season. Denver’s two headed monster of a ground game is much more lethal than people might give it credit for, probably because of its mismanagement in recent weeks. Denver completely abandoned it in Denver’s loss to the Raiders because of so many three-and-outs. But once used, for its intended purpose, Drew Lock wows will likely become less frequent.
After nearly a week of nursing bruised ribs, Broncos decided to start Lock against Miami. The difference in Sunday’s game however, wasn’t entirely on the shoulders of Lock, because the Broncos managed to get a large portion of their 189 total rushing yards from both Melvin Gordon (84 yards on 15 carries) and Philip Lindsay (82 yards on 16 carries). *Lock accounted for 23 yards on two carries.
Both running backs contributed heavily to the win over the Dolphins and helped lift some weight from Lock’s shoulders. Lock ended the day 18 of 30 with no touchdowns and one interception. Tim Patrick was Lock’s favorite target in Sunday’s win with 119 total receiving yards on five catches.
The Defense had another great game with one forced fumble that the Broncos took possession of, six sacks, and one interception that came at just the right time for Denver.
As the clock ticked down in the final two minutes of the game, replacement quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Dolphins down the field and into Denver territory, and on the verge of scoring to potentially tie, or win the game. Fitzpatrick had the Dolphins on Denver’s 15 yard-line facing a 3rd and eight, Fitzpatrick lined up at shotgun and his pass over the middle intended for DeVante Parker was intercepted by Denver’s safety, Justin Simmons. Simmons’ interception was deciding factor in Denver’s 20-13 win over Miami.
Denver hosts the New Orleans Saints at Empowerment Field at Mile High next Sunday. The Saints are coming off a win over the Atlanta Falcons. Despite significant rib injuries to Drew Brees, backup Taysom Hill led the Saints to their win over the Falcons. Saints Head Coach Sean Peyton is believed to be undecided as to whom he wants to start in Sunday’s game against the Broncos.
In other sports the Denver Nuggets made some brow-lifting moves in the Draft last week. The Nuggets drafted Zeke Nnaji (Ezekiel Tobechukwu Nnaji) at number 22, a 6’11”, 19-year-old Power Forward from The University of Arizona. Denver’s move sent Mason Plumlee to the Detroit Pistons, along with Jerami Grant who many thought would be in Denver this season.
The move that actually raised eyebrows was Denver’s move to bring RJ Hampton to the Mile High City. Hampton was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans at number 24 and shortly afterwards, Denver offered the Pelicans a future first round pick for Hampton.