Granted, the Denver Broncos had several starters in Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings while the Vikings consisted of a hodgepodge of second, third and fourth stringers.
Coach Vic Fangio put Drew Lock under center as Denver’s starting quarterback amid an intense quarterback competition between Lock and Teddy Bridgewater. Saturday’s performance between the two didn’t really allow either to separate from the other as both played exceptionally well.
Lock of course, performed well enough to increase a slight edge over Bridgewater on some spectacular over the top plays to wide receivers, K.J. Hamler and Jerry Juedy, both of which also showed significant strides from last season.
This weekend the Broncos will start Teddy Bridgewater when the Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle on Saturday. Seattle will prove to be better competition than the assortment of second, third and fourth stringers the Vikings started last weekend.
In fact, Coach Fangio has indicated that after this week’s preseason game he will likely have made his decision about who will start for the Broncos in the season opener versus the New York Giants. So the outcome of performances by both Bridgewater and Lock will likely be his deciding factor.
While the Broncos haven’t reached 100 percent vaccination rates, they did come close back in July when they reached a 90 percent vaccination. The Atlanta Falcons on the other hand became the first team to announce a 100 percent vaccination rate earlier this week.
In addition to the Falcons 100 percent vaccinations, the Las Vegas Raiders also announced that any fan wanting to attend games this season will require proof of their vaccination making them the first NFL team to require it. If fans show up unvaccinated, they will be given the opportunity to get the shot at the gate, but are required to wear a mask for the game.
In other sports the Colorado Rockies lost three of four to the San Francisco Giants over the weekend in a four-game series. On Monday they hosted the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. The Rockies jumped out to an early 1st inning run while the Padres tied up the game in the second. In the third, Colorado added four runs, and the lead, which San Diego chipped away at all the way until the 9th inning where Trent Grisham hit a three run homer tying the game at five apiece.
In the bottom of the ninth C.J. Crone walked up the plate with one out and nobody on base, hit single shot homer into deep right for the walk off Rockies win, 6-5.
The Colorado Rapids beat the Houston Dynamo over the weekend at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in dominating fashion despite being out shot 10-6. The Rapids won 3-1.