There was plenty of hype surrounding Drew Lock’s return to the field on Sunday—perhaps too much hype. Lock started out rusty, understandably, but he never pulled it together. The quarterback went 10-for-24 with two interceptions and no touchdowns and the Broncos’ offense only converted on 4-of-14 third downs. The offense needs some work. So how did the Broncos manage to beat the Patriots?
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Defense wins games. The Broncos defensive line and secondary both showed up on Saturday. The defensive line held the Patriots to 5 rushing first downs. Cam Newton was also sacked 4 times throughout the game for a loss of 24 total yards. Malik Reed is responsible for 2 sacks, along with Bradley Chubb (1) and Anthony Chickillo (1).
The secondary pulled through with two interceptions, one by DeShawn Williams and the other by Bryce Callahan. While the offense could not convert these plays into touchdowns, kicker Brandon McManus held up the offense.
McManus set the Broncos’ franchise record with six field goals in one game. He is responsible for all 18 of Denver’s points and their second win of the regular season. McManus connected on two kicks from 50+ yards and secured his place on the Broncos team for quite some time.
Looking forward to next weekend, the Broncos take on the reigning national champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. This game may be a lot closer than many think—the Chiefs are comfortable right now. They don’t foresee any threatening competition. They may be in for a surprise come Sunday.