Denver Broncos: Top 3 plays vs. Minnesota Vikings

Denver Broncos wide receiver KJ Hamler. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos wide receiver KJ Hamler. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports /

The Denver Broncos dominated in all three phases of the game as they trout the Minnesota Vikings, 33-6. The offense had some explosive plays early on and really made a difference in the game. The defense had a lot of great plays that could have made the top three but there was only one that made it from the defensive side of the ball.

Drew Lock looked sensational today as it looked like he made it difficult for Teddy Bridgewater to win the quarterback job after his performance. Bridgewater had his fair share of great plays as well when he was in.

The defense was awesome all day as they hold the Vikings to six points all game. They held their own in the red zone, just allowing two field goals and no touchdowns the entire game.

With the first preseason game out of the way, here are the top three plays of the game against the Vikings.

3. Drew Lock completes a pass to Jerry Jeudy for 33 yards; Jeudy puts the moves on after the catch

Drew Lock had some amazing moments throughout the game and this one was certainly one. 3rd and short situation at the beginning of the second quarter and needs to move the sticks. Lock goes through his progressions in the play and throws a strike to Jeudy who was open in the middle of the field. Jeudy puts on the moves after the catch and shows off the speed to gain an additional 20 yards after the catch.

2. Patrick Surtain II gets his first INT in the NFL and returns it for 6

Patrick Surtain II played extremely well the whole game in his preseason debut. He had a PBU earlier in the first quarter that almost ended an INT for teammate Peter Kalambayi after being deflected in the air and up for grabs.

In the second quarter, Surtain read the quarterback perfectly and jumped in front of the receiver for his first-ever INT in the NFL and also his first pick-six too.

It was beautiful to watch as Surtain saw it coming a mile away. In his post-game presser, Surtain alluded to the fact that the Vikings had run the same route concept the drive before and noticed it was the same pre-snap. That is when he made a play on the ball and got the pick-six.

1. Drew Lock throws a BOMB to KJ Hamler for the 80-yard TD

By far the play of the game goes to Drew Lock and KJ Hamler for the deep connection they had in the first quarter. After the Denver Broncos’ defense getting a safety and taking a 2-0 lead, the first play of the drive is a play-action bomb.

Lock fakes the hand-off to Javonte Williams and shows his arm strength with an 80-yard touchdown pass to Hamler.

A lot of emphasis this offseason was placed on Lock taking what was given from the defense and focus on check-downs, but it’s always a bit sweeter when Lock goes back to being a gunslinger that he is and go deep.

Lock balled out and looked more comfortable out there and we may be seeing an improved player in year two of this offense with OC Pat Shurmur.

The Denver Broncos couldn’t ask for a better preseason opener than what they got today with a lot of players playing exceptionally well. Can’t wait for game two!