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Wyobronco
Wyobronco

I’m actually encouraged that we had a chance to win at the end against a team that is very very good. Especially since Lick went down so early. I wouldn’t be surprised to see us do very well without Lock just because we have so many weapons. Wilkinson needs to go. He’s killing us. There has to be someone better somewhere.

jimtaylor
jimtaylor

This is a wasted season. This front office shouldn't be here next year when we finish 7-9. Rolling forward with what we have RT shows complete incompetence. We can pay Gordon 10 million when he isn't even needed after paying excessively to another tackle with an injury history after the previous 4 attempts at that had gone so well. Lock would likely still be playing if we had an actual tackle, not a guard trying to play tackle.

Studlee14
Studlee14

This injury looked eerily similar to the one that Lock had in the preseason last year with his thumb. Rolling out, stumbling, and landing awkwardly under duress. Yes Wilkinson got exposed but Lock also put himself in that awkward position, and I'm worried it might be a trend.

broncofan55555
broncofan55555

Everyone felt that Elway needed to shore up the OT position. All the fans were sure this would be a top priority and we were shocked when Elway decided to stand pat. Now, the season may be trashed before it hardly got started because of that lousy decision. I will say though that Driskel must have played much better than I expected he would.

Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

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The Denver Broncos entered Heinz Field on Sunday as heavy 7.5-point underdogs. It was going to take a fortuitous performance from the club to overcome those odds and that Broncos' second-year QB Drew Lock would have to do the heavy lifting to keep pace with Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger. 

Alas, the Broncos remain a slave to Murphy's Law in Week 2 as Lock suffered a shoulder injury on the second offensive possession of the day and headed to the locker room. Shortly after, he was ruled out of the game. 

Following the Broncos' 26-21 loss to the Steelers, Lock talked with some media with his (throwing) right arm in a sling. Shortly thereafter, ESPN's Adam Schefter and Jeff Legwold broke the news revealing the young signal-caller's initial prognosis. 

"Broncos’ QB Drew Lock, who was in a sling after today’s loss to Pittsburgh, sprained his AC and is expected to be sidelined between 2-6 weeks, per me and Jeff Legwold. He will undergo an MRI on Monday to help determine extent of damage and how long he will miss."

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Lock said during his post-game presser that after the injury, throwing "felt funny." 9NEWS' Mike Klis provided a modicum of additional insight. 

The Broncos obviously are going to proceed with caution, considering how much the club has invested in Lock in terms of the capital that went into assembling his supporting cast and building the nest around him. 

Fans saw how formidable that collection of talent is on Sunday in Pittsburgh, as the Broncos battled back in the second half. Denver received big-time contributions from tight end Noah Fant and running back Melvin Gordon, as well as rookies like wideouts KJ Hamler and Jerry Jeudy — although the first-round pick has to stop dropping passes in the middle of the field. 

Veteran backup Jeff Driskel entered the fray in Lock's stead, and although the initial returns weren't positive, he ended up having a solid day at the office. Down 26-21 in the fourth quarter, Driskel orchestrated a 67-yard drive and munched more than four minutes off the clock. 

The Broncos marched deep into Pittsburgh territory and had all the momentum. But a failed 3rd-&-2 from the Steelers' 15-yard line led to a 4th-&-2. With all the chips down, the Broncos had to go for it, trailing by five points, but a free Pittsburgh rusher went completely unblocked off the right edge and was in Driskel's face before he could blink. Insead of scrambling or even getting the quick throw out, the QB was enveloped for the sack. 

Turnover on downs. Ball game. 

Driskel finished 18-of-34 for 256 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. He earned a QB rating of 84.9. Despite all the injuries, including to No. 1 wideout Courtland Sutton, who was a game-time decision but managed to play, the Broncos still had the chance to punch it in and win it at the end of the game. 

But in this 'death by inches' game of pro football, the Broncos failed to bridge that finite gap when it mattered most. Fans can only hope that, despite the disappointing loss, the Broncos find encouragement from this game because the team is likely to be without its talented and charismatic starting quarterback for at least the next two weeks. 

In all likelihood, the Broncos get Lock back at some point during the second quarter of the season. If it were a sprain to his non-throwing shoulder, it might be a different prognosis. 

“We’re going to take it day-by-day," Lock said post-game. "I’m optimistic about it. I’ll have it checked out tomorrow morning. We’ll know more then.”

Since it is the AC joint in his right arm, the Broncos will play it smart and safe. That means, get ready for Driskel Time in the Mile High City next week with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coming to town. 

It's an enormous task but the Broncos showed in Week 2 that even without Lock, they can battle opponents led by a future Hall-of-Fame quarterback. The difference, then, will have to be finding a way to make those plays in the clutch that up to this point in the 2020 regular season the Broncos have been unable to conjure. 

Follow Chad on Twitter @ChadNJensen and @MileHighHuddle.

Waltm6$6
Waltm6$6

After Driskel got the bugs out he played pretty dam good. I have a gut feeling Driskel might just be the guy going forward even when Lock has recovered from his injury. Driskel arm is pretty accurate short or long, and if Gordon would of blocked the rusher on the Broncos last play of the game, their is a chance Driskel could of got a first down or a TD. That game was a lot closer than I thought it would be. We only lost by two points and McManus missed two FGs that would of won the game. I think Driskel showed a hell of a lot of promise.

Dodgemydart
Dodgemydart

I think the play calling was weak at critical times. 3rd and 2 at the end of the game could have been easily accomplished by a quarterback sneak, something the Steelers would not have expected. On 4th and 1, if it did not succeed, run the 8 million dollar man and let him earn it.

CharlieBeagle
CharlieBeagle

I can't believe Shurmur didn't seem to adapt the play-calling to accommodate the fact that Driskel was in there instead of Lock. Lock is more mobile and can often buy himself enough time to make those throws farther down the field than Driskel can. Too often this resulted in Driskel being sacked. More quick passes and screens would be a good start.

BroncoWilly
BroncoWilly

I'm sick of hearing we don't have the team to compete. We're too young and all that jive. You don't ever hear that out of Belichick. They compete every year, even without Brady. We have the team, and I like what I saw from Jeff Driskel. We just need to be more creative and aggressive. It's too bad Lock got hurt, but at this point Jeff looks good enough to get the job done. Especially if we get that running game rolling.


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