Gassers, quotable and a look ahead following the Broncos’ Week 6 34-24 loss to the Raiders.
The Broncos quarterback tossed three interceptions and overthrew a deep ball to Courtland Sutton in the first half, a play that would’ve been a touchdown with an accurate pass. He also lost a fumble. After three strong games to open his Denver career, over the last three losses Bridgewater has looked much more like the QB who was 4-11 as a starter for Carolina in 2020.
Broncos pass coverage
For the third straight week, the opposing quarterback revealed the Broncos’ highly-rated secondary may be vastly overrated. Derek Carr passed for 341 yards and two touchdowns. Denver began the day with Bryce Callahan getting burned for Carr’s 48-yard touchdown pass to Henry Ruggs. Running back Kenyan Drake later toasted linebacker Alexander Johnson for a 31-yard TD reception.
Las Vegas went through chaos last week after Jon Gruden resigned following the publication of insensitive emails. But interim coach Rich Bisaccia had the Raiders ready, and Las Vegas controlled the momentum for the whole game after the teams traded opening TDs. For a third straight week, the Broncos couldn’t match their opponents’ intensity and were out-coached across the board.
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Vic Fangio on the secondary: “It’s got to be fixable. That was a major point in the game — when they threw it down the field deep, they made the plays, on both sides of the ball.”
Fangio on if he will consider assistant coaching changes: “No.”
Fangio on the Raiders’ urgency: “They were definitely in rally mode.”
Bridgewater on his four turnovers: “Today was definitely one of those days where I point the thumb at myself.”
Noah Fant on the Broncos’ offense stalling out: “That was definitely disappointing to come out and drive on the first possession for a score — everyone was feeling good at that point. Then from there, we had a bunch of errors and missed opportunities and missed assignments.”
Justin Simmons on the loss: “Simply put, we got our butts whooped.”
Thursday at Browns, 6:20 p.m.
Week 6 result: Lost 37-14 versus Arizona
Coach: Kevin Stefanski (2nd year)
About the Browns: The Cardinals remained the NFL’s lone undefeated team with a beatdown of the Browns on Sunday, as Cleveland fell into a quick 20-0 hole. A trip to FirstEnergy Stadium on a short week will be a tall task for Denver, especially coming off three consecutive letdown losses amid a season in free-fall. Quarterback Baker Mayfield will challenge the Broncos’ defense, although Mayfield is dealing with a repetitive left shoulder injury after dislocating it on Sunday.