The Gazette, Colorado Springs


The Broncos pulled another rabbit out of their hat. Russell Wilson found Courtland Sutton for a game-winning touchdown with 1:03 left and the defense got the turnover on downs to end it. Here’s the good, the bad and the funny from the game. The good The Broncos defense has found the recipe for success: sit back and wait long enough for the other team to cough the ball up. In this year’s NFL, where scoring is at a premium each week, it’s starting to work. Denver forced three turnovers against Minnesota, and it isn’t the defense’s fault that it led to just nine points. Second-year safety from East Carolina, Ja’quan Mcmillian, had a pair of them — a fumble recovery on the opening drive and an interception in the fourth quarter. The Broncos entered the week tied for seventh in the league in takeaways as the unit remains much improved since the 70-point debacle in Miami. They also got a crucial stop in the final minute. The bad Each time a football was handed off on Sunday night, the result was likely not a good one for the Broncos. Behind some strong runs by Alexander Mattison and some timely scrambles by Joshua Dobbs, the Vikings were able to control the game and the clock with a consistent rushing attack that the Denver defense struggled to control — despite the fact that Minnesota entered the week with a bottom-five rushing offense in the league. On the flip side, the Broncos couldn’t get anything going on the ground with any of their three backs. As a team, they had just 16 rushing yards at halftime and finished with 46 in the game. Javonte Williams led the way with 37 yards on 11 carries. The funny The highlight of a first half that featured just 19 combined points was Jerry Jeudy breaking out the classic “incomplete” celebration that can be seen by defensive backs across every level of football every weekend in the fall. Jeudy earned it, though, with a breakup to prevent an interception in the end zone on a poorly overthrown pass by Wilson that allowed the Broncos to kick a field goal as time expired in the opening half. In a bit of irony, Jeudy had a potential go-ahead touchdown go through his hands in the fourth quarter.