When the 2021 NFL schedule was released, many fans expected the Denver Broncos to get out to a 2-0 start. The team has responded by doing just that.
The Broncos went into TIAA Bank Field and defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars by a final score of 23-13. The team had to overcome a little bit of adversity as they watched the Jags march down the field on the opening drive that culminated with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Lawrence to Marvin Jones.
The Broncos kept Jacksonville pretty quiet after that as Teddy Bridgewater settled the team down and showed the same kind of poise and precision that he did in Week 1 while taking the team on several scoring drives.
Bridgewater finished the game completing 26 of 34 passes for 328 yards. He had touchdown passes to Tim Patrick and Noah Fant and just made the right decision on basically every play.
Bridgewater’s 592 passing yards so far this season is the most in any two-game period for the Broncos since Peyton Manning in his record-breaking 2013 season.
Courtland Sutton did not find the end zone but he had a career day, catching nine passes for 159 yards. He gained separation on several deep routes and Bridgewater tossed him some nice passes. The two seem to be developing a great connection.
Both Kareem Jackson and Patrick Surtain, making his first career start, had an interception. About the only down side to this game was seeing Bradley Chubb once again leave with an injury.
The Broncos have started 2-0 for the first time since the 2018 season, but that year, both of those games were narrow victories and the team finished the season 6-10.
This year feels different. They have outscored opponents by a total of 50-26 on the year and they seem to have found their quarterback. Finally.
The Broncos will have their home opener in Week 3 against the 0-2 New York Jets.