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Denver Broncos Complete Comeback, Shock Los Angeles Chargers

Drew Lock and company completed a miraculous 21-point comeback against the Chargers on Sunday afternoon. After looking completely helpless in the first half, the Denver offense kicked into rhythm in the third quarter. Lock ended the game by completing 26/41 passes for 248 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Denver’s comeback began with a 55-yard Phillip Lindsay touchdown run with 6:05 left in the third quarter. The Broncos would go on to outscore Los Angeles 21-6 in the fourth quarter and score the game-winning touchdown as time expired. There is a lot to unpack from this game, so here are my three takeaways from the game.

  1. Denver needs to get the run game going to be successful offensively.

The Broncos offense began to have success after Phillip Lindsay broke off his long rushing touchdown. Establishing the run game does wonders for an offense. The threat of a long run allows the young quarterback to get into a rhythm and it keeps the defense honest.

The Broncos also have an elite tandem in the backfield of Lindsay and Melvin Gordon. Although they only ran the ball 14 times between these two, they were very effective with their touches. Lindsay was especially efficient carrying the ball six times for 83 yards (13.8 yards per carry). These are valuable weapons that are one of the keys to Denver’s success each game. 

  1. The Denver defense played very well.

If you take out the seven minutes in the middle of the game, then the Broncos only gave up nine points. Unfortunately, that is not how football works. Denver forced Justin Herbert to throw two interceptions including one in the red zone that helped spur the comeback in the second half. The defense was also able to keep the Broncos in the game during the second half forcing two field goals on the Chargers’ final two drives.

  1. There is still hope for Drew Lock.

Drew Lock and the rest of the Broncos offense looked awful in the first half but responded in a big way after halftime. Lock had the majority of his 248 yards and all three of his touchdowns in the second half. The young quarterback was finally able to get into a rhythm and he looked brilliant doing it. 

I am still holding out hope for Lock’s future. He has had a rough 2020 season dealing with injuries to both him and his offense. If the Denver offense is able to stay healthy, then Drew Lock can flourish in the coming years.

Denver travels to Atlanta next week for a showdown with the 2-6 Falcons. The Broncos are 1.5 games behind the Cleveland Browns for the last AFC playoff spot.

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