Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater have been battling it out for the Denver Broncos‘ QB1 job. The team had a great day overall, beating the Minnesota Vikings 33-6, with both QBs putting up strong numbers.
If anyone gained separation today, it was probably Lock. The third-year quarterback lit up the Vikings defense, completing 5-of-7 passes for 151 yards and two scores. That included a gorgeous 80-yard bomb to K.J. Hamler to put the team up 9-0 on their second drive.
Lock also had a 33-yard pass to Jerry Jeudy in the second quarter, helping set up a short second touchdown pass to Trinity Benson. He looked about as sharp as we’ve seen him at this level.
Bridgewater probably doesn’t have the ceiling that Lock does, but he has been a steady quarterback for years now. He was also quite good today, completing 7-of-8 throws for 74 yards and a touchdown, also to Benson. After the impressive day for both quarterbacks, head coach Vic Fangio wasn’t ready to tip his hand.
Fangio; ‘I think they both played very well’ re: QBs. ‘I don’t think any separation happened today”
— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 14, 2021
Ahead of this game, Fangio said that Lock would get the start today, while Bridgewater would be the first quarterback in the game on Aug. 21 against the Seahawks.
The Denver Broncos quarterback position was one of great intrigue earlier this offseason. No team was as heavily connected to a potential Aaron Rodgers trade. There is still plenty of speculation that it could be his destination if he leaves the Green Bay Packers after this season.
The team has a pretty nice group of young weapons. We’ll see if Lock or Bridgewater can take advantage and keep the team from making that kind of aggressive move. It would also help calm down those who criticized the team today for passing on Justin Fields, after his impressive preseason debut with the Chicago Bears.