Tennessee Titans defeat Denver Broncos, 16-14
Important stats/trends from Week 1:
The biggest question for the Denver Broncos this season is if Drew Lock can do what he did in five games last season over the course of 16 games. The Broncos surrounded Lock with more weapons to make his life easier and it was up to him to provide the rest.
Well, he did lose some of that help. Courtland Sutton did not play Monday and the offensive line is in shambles, whether from COVID-19 opt-outs or injuries.
Lock’s play showed as he was not that great. He completed 22 of 33 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown.
More importantly, for Charger fans, Melvin Gordon continued his fumbling ways in Denver and even got stuffed at the goal-line by another former Charger, Nick Dzubnar. The Broncos were fine defensively but they have lost key pieces in Von Miller and A.J. Bouye. The success on defense seemed to do more with Tennessee being rusting and playing in elevation.
Plus, if the Titans made all of their field goals this game would have looked way different. Tennessee would have won 25-14.
How the LA Chargers compare to the Denver Broncos:
Heading into the 2020 season I was really high on the Broncos as they seemed to have all of the pieces to have a breakout season in 2020. I do still think they are a playoff-caliber team, but the injuries they have sustained have not been helpful.
If Lock does not elevate his play then we really have a case of two run-first offenses with game-managing quarterbacks. If that is the case, I will take the Chargers every single time as they have a better defense.
However, even though it is not good on paper, I think Denver still has a solid defense as they have a defensive-minded head coach and have the best natural home-field advantage in sports.
It all really comes down to if Lock can play up to his potential. Based on Week 1’s showing, I cannot help but like the LA Chargers more.