Denver Broncos Stock Report after loss to Raiders

Nov 15, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) yells out from the line of scrimmage against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 15, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) yells out from the line of scrimmage against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 15, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) makes a throw against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second quarter at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 15, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) makes a throw against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second quarter at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports /

Pat Shurmur/Drew Lock

These two are so closely related, it seems to make sense to put them together. When one struggles, the other is likely to struggle.

The Broncos’ offense, once again, could get nothing going, and was only able to get a couple of field goals on the board while the score was close and the game was still meaningful. Once again, Shurmur elected to go completely away from the rush attack while the game was still in hand, and once again, Phillip Lindsay was grossly underutilized, a multiple-game occurrence this season.

Understandably, Broncos Country is upset.

If Pat Shurmur doesn’t feel his seat getting hot, then he must be numbed, because it’s getting to a boiling point. If the offensive nightmare continues at the pace it is going, it is not just thinkable, but likely, that the Broncos will once again be looking for an offensive coordinator in 2021.

On the other hand, Drew Lock did Shurmur no favors on Sunday. Realistically and honestly speaking, Drew Lock just did not look good. Lock threw four interceptions on the day and just one touchdown. However, it is worth noting that Lock took a brutal shot to the ribs, and sustained an injury there.

It was puzzling to see Lock put back into the game at that point, and really, only led to more turnovers and to Lock sustaining more pain. His status for Sunday is in question.

If Lock misses time to heal up and still does not play up to expectation, it is feared by fans that the team could be back to square one, and once again turning to the NFL Draft to restart the process that has plagued them since Peyton Manning’s retirement.