Denver Broncos: Grading week three game versus Jets

Denver Broncos defense celebrates. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Denver Broncos, Teddy Bridgewater
Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

Denver Broncos Offense Grade, B+

The reasoning due to a lower grade than an A grade is because of the lack of consistency still on third down and ability to still stretch the field. The Denver Broncos waited till the second half to stretch the field with a few of the playmakers on offense.

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur for the majority of the game was also balanced and still kept the rushing attack going all throughout the game. Both Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams finally showed their promise as a duo in the red zone. Yet despite that promise, there was a turnover in the red zone by Williams. Williams was very close to securing two touchdowns on the day, but due to a massive collision near the end zone, it never happened.

Unfortunately, another item to bring down the overall grade.

If Denver showed aggressiveness to push and stretch the field earlier the Broncos might have scored more on the day. They still proved successful when it happened. We do not want to be a “Debbie Downer” too much because despite not doing it in first half there still showed how dangerous the offense can be when it’s clicking on all cylinders with all its weapons getting a piece of the pie.

Tim Patrick continues to show how underappreciated he is in the Denver Broncos offense from the national media and some fans. It’s very easy to be quick to choose Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and KJ Hamler as some of your favorites. Patrick deserves as much love as any of those players. It’s clearly proven with Denver it does not matter who the quarterback is under center, Patrick will put up numbers and be mister reliable for a quarterback.

His ability to stretch the field vertically and catch every single pass thrown to him is impressive all the time it happens. In a loss of Hamler now it proves the Broncos made a right decision to not move on from Patrick in off-season. Frankly, Patrick deserves his contract extension along with Sutton.

While the offense is sixth in rushing and 12th in passing offense the pass blocking area has got to improve. Dalton Risner and Graham Glasgow’s potential loss will test the depth of that interior.

Netane Muti has had an up and down year right now and Quinn Meinerz was inserted into the starting lineup once Risner went down. It would not be surprising to see the Denver Broncos became more of a focus of running the football to help get the feet wet for Meinerz and Muti initially. Denver should still be play-action heavy and use the run to set it up.

Nonetheless, it was still an efficient game for the offense without throwing a passing touchdown.