A lot of ups and downs after the Broncos’ most impressive performance in several years.
UP: cowboy helmet stripes. To recognize the NFL’s “Salute to Service” and Veterans Day, the Cowboys’ helmets featured a red, white, and blue stripe.
UP: jerry world: AT&T Stadium is an example of frivolity … and that’s okay by us. Big scoreboard. Nine levels of seats, ranging from field-level suites to the upper deck. And the standing rooms are just the areas behind both end zones.
Down: Broncos OLB Depth: Von Miller was traded last week, Bradley Chubb (ankle) remains on injured reserve and Malik Reid (hip) was inactive on Sunday. This left the three true outside linebackers on the roster – Jonathan Cooper, Stephen Weatherly and Aaron Patrick.
UP: Undertaker: The WWE legend, whose secondary nickname is “The Deadman”, was set to promote next year’s WrestleMania. Taker drew the crowd before the game by gulping down a bottle of Miller Lite.
Down: Drew Locke’s Luck: Broncos back-up quarterback Locke made his mess last November by trying to circumvent COVID-19 protocols. This time, he was not available to play due to his close contact with someone from outside the organization who had tested positive.
UP: von miller jersey: The Broncos make very few trips to Texas, the home state of the now-former outside linebacker. The jersey number 58 was visible in the entire stadium from the hotel to the airport.
UP: fourth-down defense. Four times the Broncos stopped Dallas in fourth, including the Cowboys’ first two possessions. Those opening stops set the pace for troubling.
UP: Vic’s Energy. Broncos coach Vic Fangio showed more emotion than at any other time this season, including fist pumps when the Broncos filled the Cowboys in fourth place early in the game. It was great to see.
UP: running game. Denver turned the tables with a flamboyant game that consumed time and produced Denver’s best offensive of the season. Meanwhile, Denver kicked off Dallas’s normally high-powered run game.
UP: first sack: The first two sacks of rookie linebacker Jonathan Cooper’s career. Vaughn Who?
UP: Broncos fans. The Broncos had about 25,000 fans in an announced crowd of 93,503. Those fans intensified as Denver took a 30-0 lead. Cowboys fans proceeded to exit at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
UP: Vic’s game plan. Fangio, subject to intense heat about his job situation, devised an excellent plan that locked out a Dallas team that averaged 40 points per game at home.