UP: Melvin Gordon’s dress. Broncos’ game-day sports-entertainment-stadium outfit? Napoleon Dynamite, of course. Famous in the 2004 film, complete with glasses, a wig and a ‘Vote for Pedro’ T-shirt, Gordon got an early start on Halloween.
Down. hold down Fant. Noah Fant approached the Garrett Holds area on Sunday, not once, but twice, being flagged to catch off-tackle running plays. Throw in a forceful block in the first half that kept Jevont Williams from running for long, and you have a hat-trick.
UP: sunday uniform. The Broncos wore a blue jersey and white trousers for the first time this year. He should wear them on every occasion – that combination is number 1 and there is no close second.
Bottom: Teddy’s Deep Throw. Whether it was timing or just poor accuracy, Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s deep throws consistently missed the mark on Sunday – the worst first half toppled receiver Cortland Sutton, who was no doubt a well-rounded throw.
UP. buy early. A tip of a hat for a Broncos fan riding a motorized scooter in an orange Justin Stranad jersey on Colfax Avenue to the west. Way to get quick access to some straddle stocks. For motorized scooter rides at Colfax? Go with God, friend.
Bottom: Deep Trouble. For the third straight game, a quarterback topped the Broncos’ wanted secondary. And this time, it came down to the first drive: a 48-yard hookup between Derek Carr and Henry Rugs that left both Ronald Darby and Justin Simmons in the dust.
UP: First Passing. First game of the game? A play-action pass from Teddy Bridgewater to Tim Patrick on right boundary for seven yards. A small advantage, yes. But we are here for an unexpected play-calling from offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.
below: streak. In the end, the streak is dead. For the first time in 24 games, the Broncos scored a touchdown on their first drive of the game. sorry it was theirs too The last They were down 21 points in the fourth quarter until a touchdown drive.
UP: Going for it. The result wasn’t what the Broncos wanted, but going for it on their 37-yard line on fourth and -1 was the right call by coach Vic Fangio. Bridgewater just needs to give Eric Saubert a better pass. And let’s face it, 9-for-11 on the fourth for the season still isn’t bad.
Bottom: Not at all AJ Checking in on Alexander Johnson’s Hunter Renfro coverage isn’t ideal. Kudos to Johnson for pulling off a sneaky (without flagging) hold to survive another down. If only he could get his hands on Kenyan Drake on his 31-yard wheel root touchdown.
UP: STRONG WARNING. Rookie safety Caiden Stearns continues to give Vic Fangio reasons to field – as his thumper of a hit on Hunter Renfro comes late in the second quarter.
Bottom: Noah Phantom in the Flat. How many times does Shurmur need to see Funt being taken down by the first tackler in the open field before he realizes it’s not in his tight end bag? Latest Example Consider the play-action dump-off for a yard in the second quarter.
UP: Teddy’s Dives. Bridgewater’s chopper run for the first time in the first half may not have been sly, but it was effective. As for his second head-first dive near the end of the third quarter – the one that ended in a losing streak? We admire courage, not execution.
Bottom: Yellow Throw. Throwing an officer from 30 yards for Noah Phantom who had a penalty late in the second quarter? we can accept. But the offensive pass interference on Cortland Sutton that derailed the first few plays afterwards?
UP: Orange sport-coat. The Broncos introduced orange sport-coats to their Ring of Fame members. We would have gone with Navy Blue, but there is a bonus that former players and coaches can double as Orange Bowl representatives.
Below: Vic’s Challenges. If you’re going to challenge the call down multiple score in the third quarter, you better be sure, Vic. Otherwise, it’s just a waste of one timeout — make that two timeouts — that you might need late in the fourth quarter.
UP: Patrick’s DB Skills. Receiver Tim Patrick is known for his reliable hands, but he looked like a solid defensive back, breaking a sure-fire Trayvon Mohrig interception on the Broncos’ first drive of the second half.
Bottom: Flex Camera. With the exception of one fan’s exceptional “Sun Out, Gun Out” execution—yes, we’re jealous—the Broncos’ “Flex Cam” gets a thumbs-down the size of Arnold Schwarzenegger. As vanity is celebrated, it pits (sometimes literally).
UP: Special Treat. what is that? A positive game of Broncos special teams? Sure enough, with the onside kick recovery game already decided late in the fourth quarter. But sometimes, you have to make small victories where you can have them.