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Broncos Blow Out Weakened Vikings In Preseason

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The Denver Broncos were in Minnesota on Saturday to begin the 2021 Preseason, and the team had little trouble in blowing out the Vikings.

Denver was looking to get off to a strong start in this game, and it was a dominant performance from beginning to end.

Minnesota did not send nearly any of their top players onto the field for this matchup, and the Broncos were able to take advantage of facing second and third-string players. The quarterback situation was a big storyline for the Broncos this offseason, and two players played well at that position in this win.

The final score was a 33-6 win for the Broncos, but all of the post-game focus was on the play of Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater. Both players are competing for the starting quarterback job, and Lock and Bridgewater each played well in the rout of the Vikings.

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Lock got the start in the preseason opener, and he played just three offensive series. He made the most of his time on the field, throwing for a pair of touchdowns to set the tone for the Broncos on the offensive side of the field.

Bridgewater threw just eight passes on Saturday afternoon but completed seven of those attempts. He also threw a touchdown pass, and he will be making the start in the second preseason game for the Broncos.

The defense also did its job for the Broncos on Saturday afternoon, and that unit is expected to carry the team when the regular season begins. Pat Surtain II made the biggest defensive play of the afternoon, intercepting a pass and returning it 30 yards for a touchdown.

General manager George Paton has worked hard to try and improve this Broncos roster in an attempt to make a push to the playoffs in 2021. Those moves seemed to work in the preseason opener, but they were facing a team that was resting its regular stars.

Denver will remain on the road for its second preseason game, taking on the Seattle Seahawks Saturday night. If you are looking to have a bet on the game next weekend, then you can see our pick of the best betting apps for the NFL right here.

Fangio Not Ready to Name Starter

Head coach Vic Fangio is going to have to name a starting quarterback at some point, but it doesn’t appear that he is close to making a decision anytime soon. Fangio has declared this an open competition at the position in Training Camp, and the game on Saturday didn’t make things any more clear.

After the game, Fangio said, “I’m thrilled they both played well. I want it to be a hard decision.” This is a better situation then the Broncos have been in over the last few years, when the team was searching for someone to take over the job.

One thing that could ultimately decide this quarterback battle is which player is able to take care of the ball better. Both Lock and Bridgewater played turnover-free football on Saturday, and that will be a key for the Broncos throughout the 2021 season.

Fangio is not required to name a starting quarterback at any point in the preseason, and it’s looking like it might come down to the week before the season opener.

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