Both quarterbacks led scoring campaigns, seemed comfortable on offense and avoided the kind of big mistakes that cratered the team’s 2020 season as the Broncos claimed a 33-6 victory in the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
“I thought they both played well,” Fangio told the media after the game. “…. … And then Teddy gets in there and gets the team moving. I don’t think there has been any separation in this game if anyone is looking for it. … I’m glad they both played well. I want this to be a tough decision. “
Lock, who opened the game with a handful of starters around him including wide receiver Jerry Jeudy as well as tight end Noah Fant, center Lloyd Cushenberry III and goalkeeper Graham Glasgow, displayed calm demeanor and decisive on the way to the 5-of-7 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Lock connected on a score of 80 yards of catch and run to KJ Hamler.
Lock thrived in a Broncos offense that stayed in larger staff groups most of the time – with at least two tight ends or two fullbacks in all but three of his 19 snaps – as the Broncos moved the ball well in. their three of his possessions. The Broncos drove to the Vikings’ 4-yard line in the game’s first possession, but returned the ball on the downs when Lock and Jeudy failed to connect in the end zone.
The Broncos then scored on each of Lock’s other two possessions with a quality look in the running game – rookie running back Javonte Williams totaled 29 yards on his three carries – and is playing the action.
It was exactly the kind of exit the Broncos wanted to see from Lock, who tied for the league lead in interceptions last season and was also last among the league’s starters in completion percentage. Lock had moments in training camp when he threw an interception during red zone drills against Broncos first and second team defenses.
But he didn’t endanger a bullet on Saturday.
“It was a good feeling,” Lock said. “… Absolutely happier, it feels good to score points on the board… it’s just fun to be a part of it. “
Bridgewater got things done with 7 of 9 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Like Lock, Bridgewater was not sacked and also had a rushed touchdown due to a penalty on Cameron Fleming.
“To go out there and perform at a high standard with all three units was good to see,” Bridgewater said. “… Nobody really cares who is there, we just want to win football games. “
The Broncos also scored on both Bridgewater records. In total, the Broncos have scored on four of five combined possessions from the best two quarterbacks played in the game.
The Broncos didn’t kick when Lock or Bridgewater were in the game as the two completed a total of 12 of 15 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns. Bridgewater will start Saturday’s preseason game in Seattle.
“If you don’t do everything, you’re obviously doing something right and that not only gives Teddy and I, but the whole attack a lot of confidence,” Lock said.
Quarterback Brett Rypien came on with just over two minutes left in the third quarter and ended the day.