Denver DBs made Drew Lock’s incredible comeback possible

Game Balls

Phillip Lindsay — There can be no debate anymore. The Broncos are just better when Lindsay is on the field. The explosion, the energy, the electricity … the CU/Denver South product is the spark that ignites this Denver offense. His 55-yard touchdown run was the play that turned everything around in Sunday’s 31-30 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Maybe this is the sort of guy you give a pay raise?

Broncos rookies — This is what Broncos GM John Elway envisioned back in the spring when he bet big on speed: first-round pick Jerry Jeudy streaking down the field, hauling in four passes for 73 yards. Fourth-rounder Albert Okwuegbunam going up to grab a nine-yard score in the back of the end zone, then drawing a pass interference flag on the game’s penultimate play. And second-rounder KJ Hamler, alone and alert, wheeling around just in time to catch the game-winner … on his behind.

Broncos secondary — Say what you will about Drew Lock’s amazing comeback, none of it happens without Denver’s defensive backs holding things together. Free safety Justin Simmons’ first-half interception handed a sputtering Broncos offense three points it desperately needed. Strong safety Kareem Jackson put a hurtin’ on anything in his area code (even his own teammates). And Bryce Callahan climbed the ladder to snatch a ball away from Mike Williams in the end zone for a huge interception that made the comeback possible.

Drew Lock — It’s pretty safe to say the second-year quarterback’s future as the franchise quarterback was in serious jeopardy after submitting a dud of a first half in Sunday’s must-win game. That Lock then responded with that incredible comeback, authoring three fourth-quarter touchdown drives, says a lot about what the Broncos have under center. The job is yours, Drew. Let’s see if you can make this season interesting.

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