Broncos Bully Vikings
August 14, 2021
The Broncos looked good tonight. They look fast. They looked prepared. They looked...like everything the Vikings did not.
The Vikings, absent starting QB Kirk Cousins, received a drubbing courtesy of the Denver football team in their preseason opener. Both 3rd-round draft selection QB Kellen Mond as well as former Huskies QB and undrafted free-agent Jake Browning struggled for Minnesota against what is projected to be a strong Denver defense. Particularly impressive was rookie 1st-round draft pick Patrick Surtain, who the Broncos (perhaps notoriously) selected ahead of now Chicago QB Justin Fields, this despite their purported lack of talent at the QB position.
That, of course, is before both Denver QBs performed well, with Drew Lock throwing up 5 receptions for 151 yards and two touchdowns. One might presume that this was job-winning performance, if it weren't for teammate Teddy Bridgewater throwing 7/8 for 74 yards and a touchdown.
It seems to me that QB isn’t a liability for the Denver football franchise, and they have a potentially elite defense. Combine that with the heavy usage of rookie Javonte Williams, who showed good yards-gained-after-contact ability.
The stock is up on all the Denver offensive play-makers.