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  • 5 things to watch for in the Broncos game in Houston
    by Just_JoRo on December 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports A Texas sized test for the rookie QB. What should we watch for out of Drew Lock and the Denver Broncos against the Houston Texans? I have to admit that with the way Denver beat Los Angeles last Sunday, this whole week has been a bit of a reprieve. It’s a lot easier to find silver linings when the scoreboard keeps most of the boo-birds at bay. Unfortunately, this week’s game is going to be a really tough matchup against an offense perfectly suited to exploit the holes in the Broncos’ decimated secondary and pass rush. Talking with Rivers McCown earlier this week helped keep me off the doom and gloom wagon, but don’t be surprised if the final score looks ugly. With that huge caveat out of the way, here are the things I’m keeping a close eye on. Defense 1. Will Fangio send the dogs minus Wolfe? 2. Can the run defense hold up? 3. How does the coverage prevent Nuklear fallout? If you missed the report Thursday, Von Miller revealed he’s trying to play through a sprained MCL. He’s officially on the injury report as questionable going into the Texans’ game. “It was hard. It was extremely hard. I cried real tears. A 30-year-old man. It was extremely hard for me. I thought, especially at the beginning of the week and the way that I’ve healed over my career, I thought I was going to be able to put it out there.But MCL is just an important ligament, and especially with my game. If I was standing back off the ball, playing D-tackle or something like that, or inside backer, anything like that, but all exotic movements I really couldn’t do. My game has a foundation in exotic movements. I took it all the way up until the deadline and just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t even say it. I couldn’t even say I wasn’t playing, I had to let them make that call because in my head I had already geared my mind up. I was ready to go, I went to sleep the night before and went through all of my pregame rituals. Everything that I do, I was getting ready for the game, and I just couldn’t do it.” All week he’s been a limited participant in practice. With the Broncos sitting at 4-8 and eliminated in any realistic playoff conversation, the smart move would be protecting the 30-year old future Hall of Famer from himself. The last thing anyone wants is Miller playing through pain and making a bad situation worse that lingers into the 2020 season. What that means for the Texans’ game is the pass rush is going to be down to maybe one of their best pass rushers, maybe. Justin Hollins and Jeremiah Attaochu played a ton last Sunday and would pick up a lion’s share of the snaps on the edge. Malik Reed’s already been a starter since Bradley Chubb was lost for the season in week 4. I'm all for shutting Von Miller down for the year, to be perfectly honest. With that in mind, no Wolfe, Miller, and Chubb could make this game against the #Texans pretty ugly.— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) December 6, 2019 Let me start by saying all three played far better than I dared hope against Philip Rivers last weekend. Attaochu had some really great rushes and did a far better job holding down his edge than I anticipated. He earned a holding call against Russell Okung and probably should have gotten a second. textbook definition of holding - also Russell Okung apparently likes to spoon pic.twitter.com/coOY9cmv7u— Joseph Mahoney (@ndjomo76) December 6, 2019 The way Fangio used Hollins showed a hints as to why he was such a savvy move in the fifth round of the 2019 draft. He’s still developing a rush plan and is a bit stringier on as a force player than the veteran free agent, but he looks comfortable in space. He offers the defense a viable rusher who can also drop into coverage when the Broncos try to dial up the havoc on opposing quarterbacks. Hollins’ ability to drop and disrupt in coverage brings a lot of flexibility to the Broncos’ D. One thing that throws a bit of a damper on their performance is the competition. It’s no secret that LA has one of the worst offensive lines in football. While Deshaun Watson takes his fair share of pressure, far more of its because he’s hanging in the pocket to try and create plays downfield. According to the Athletic’s Ted Nguyen, Watson ranks second in passer rating (110.5) and fourth in yards per attempt (10.1) among the 32 NFL quarterbacks with 100 or more attempts made 2.6-plus seconds after the snap, Even if Von Miller’s able to go, he’s going to be hampered. That and the fact that the Broncos have blitzed on just 26.2% of opposing dropbacks this year means Watson’s going to have time to throw barring a career day from one of the young pass rushers Shelby Harris. What I’m looking for is how Fangio tries to limit his opportunities for big plays. Fangio generally believes in safe pressure. One of the prevalent complaints about Fangio this year is how he’ll rush three instead of four and doesn’t send a lot of heat. To be honest he’d probably send one rusher if he thought it was enough to hurry the pass, as the Broncos’ head coach adheres to the belief that a pass rush is a zero sum proposition: sending an extra player after the passer takes one out of coverage, which means if the quarterback can withstand the rush, the defense is exposed. Because of this, whenever possible he’ll send four or less. Even if he can convince an opponent that more could be coming, as he did when Todd Davis and Alexander Johnson threatened the Chargers’ A-gaps above. Fangio will play games with the defensive line to provide mismatches. Another way Fangio will try and give his young pass rushers favorable matchups is through stunts like the one above. This is done to confuse blocking assignments and get offensive linemen out of position and has been an effective maneuver. One player in particular who has benefitted from these is De’Marcus Walker, who will get more playing time in lieu of Wolfe’s injury. I’ll be looking to see how Shelby Harris, Dre’Mont Jones, and the young edge rushers try to capitalize on these. Of course, with the questions mounting about the pass rush its puts an enormous burden on the backend to hold up in a game they’re already outgunned. Isaac Yiadom had a far more encouraging game against the Chargers than Mike William’s fourth down catch suggests. He was in sound coverage on the play but gave up the reception after a perfect pass by Philip Rivers. Unfortunately, the big reception overshadowed a really solid job on the preceding third down. I had my eye on Yiadom’s first start in months. He looked much improved over the beginning of the season. All told, Yiadom had his best game of the year last week. There’s still some kinks to work out and he has room to grow, but the big catch at the end of the first half was Justin Simmons’ running into him, while a couple of the receptions were schemed. This isn’t apologizing or protecting a player, but the fact is when a corner is playing off coverage a hitch or quick out is probably going to turn into a reception. With that said, Deandre Hopkins, Kenny Stills, and Will Fuller give the Texans have one of the most dangerous three receiver sets in football. If Fuller is able to suit up this will be the biggest test Fangio’s pass coverage will face all season outside of the Chiefs’ games. Deshaun Watson is such a ridiculous talent lmao pic.twitter.com/kVdVVwNYmE— Derrik Klassen (@QBKlass) December 6, 2019 The other big thing to keep an eye on with Wolfe’s injury is how the Broncos’ run defense is impacted. McCown suggested that Bill O’Brien is likely to try and keep the Texan’s offense on the ground, even if its slow going. Jones, Gotsis, and Walker have all had issues in spots against opposing running games, and with the way Houston uses the threat of Watson on the zone read, they could hold an extra defender from committing to the back. They could also lean on Duke Johnson, who’s been a dangerous change of pace runner this season. He’s a capable receiver and nasty on cutbacks out of stretch runs. He’ll test the Broncos’ gap responsibilities and if Miller can’t hold up at the point of attack, it could get nasty. Duke Johnson and the Texans’ running game is no joke. Offense 4. Drew Lock. Duh. 5. Will building blocks emerge? So now that I’ve gotten through the scariest part of the matchup, I’ve got some good news. Even with the impressive win over the New England Patriots, the Houston defense has been pretty iffy most of the season. The big name, of course is J.J. Watt, who went on injured reserve after the 27-23 win over the Oakland Raiders in November. I wrote at length about Drew Lock’s first game, so won’t repeat myself too much here. If you missed it, feel free to follow the link. We’ll wait. I promise. This is a very good sign. https://t.co/z6StBedek8— Your Main Man Matt (@CaddytotheLama) December 4, 2019 As has been the case all year, it would be wise for Rich Scangarello and the offense to lean on the Broncos’ rushing attack to manage the down and distance situations. It could also wind up the most effective way to attack the Texans. Since Watt’s injury, the Texans’ rush defense has taken a noticeable step back from their early performance. Through the first eight weeks of the season the run defense was good for a -18.01 DVOA. 2.4 the last four weeks . Remember negative numbers are good for defense which means the difference between the two numbers is about the equivalent of the difference between the Titans run defense and the Packers. Houston’s rush defense hasn’t been the same since J.J. Watt went on I.R.With a young quarterback facing one of the better defensive coordinators in the league, leaning on Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman could help to avoid must-pass situations where Romeo Crennel can throw curve balls at the rookie. With Lock still a neophyte at dissecting NFL coverages, this could be huge. Expect the Texans to work to take away Courtland Sutton and force Lock off his first read. They used a similar game plan and found success against Gardner Minshew earlier this season and it’d throw a wrench into where the Broncos’ rookie passer had most of his success in week 1. Bradley Roby’s health status could make combating Denver’s number one receiver difficult, but if he draws enough attention it could free up Tim Patrick, DaeSean Hamilton and the backs. If the Broncos’ are going to keep up with Watson’s offense, the less heralded receiving options will have to maximize their opportunities. The #Broncos used this concept in the redzone in the first half. Patrick could have gotten firsts in both instances. Keep that in mind before you bury him. pic.twitter.com/DoDI9sDYr1— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) December 4, 2019 McCown expected the Texans to utilize a lot of MOFO coverage shells, specifically Cover 4 and 2. This will be a changeup from the Chargers, who favor a closed middle of the field (two high vs. one high). They could also lean on man coverage as a way to send extra bodies at a Broncos’ offensive line missing Ron Leary in an effort to rush Drew Lock into mistakes. Noah Fant and Jeff Heuerman could be the big X-Factors for Lock. Houston’s been one of the worst defenses in the league at stopping tight ends most of the season and really struggle to defend the middle of the field. Noah Fant will probably have chances to make plays. He has to make them count. Final Thoughts Remember how I said things looked pretty grim going into the Minnesota Vikings game? This feels a lot like that. With an injury report about the size of a Dear Santa letter, the banged up Broncos are heading into Houston shorthanded. It’s just as easy to see Deshaun Watson and the Texans offense lighting up the secondary as the shorthanded pass rush fails to get home as it is to imagine Bill O’Brien out-thinking himself and tries to run the ball into a stout Denver front. In a similar vein Drew Lock could just as easily follow up last week’s impressive debut with an even brighter encore as a stinker if Romeo Crennel successfully stifles Sutton and Lock gets flustered. This is one of those games I’m not looking for the final result so much as the process. Houston’s a legit Super Bowl contender, and they serve as a great litmus test to see where respective members of the Broncos’ roster stacks up.

  • Injury report: Ron Leary is out while Von Miller is questionable
    by Scotty Payne on December 7, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images Here is your final injury report for the Denver Broncos and the Houston Texans. The Denver Broncos and the Houston Texans released their final injury report ahead of Sunday’s game between the two teams. For the Broncos, they will be without their veteran starting right guard Ron Leary and All-Pro pass rusher Von Miller could be a game-time decision again this Sunday. #Broncos' game statuses for #DENvsHOU:Out: G Ron Leary (concussion)Questionable: OLB Malik Reed (ankle/shoulder), OLB Von Miller (knee), T Ja'Wuan James (knee)— Aric DiLalla (@AricDiLalla) December 6, 2019 Ron Leary is dealing with a concussion and already has been ruled out for Sunday’s game. Look for guard Austin Schlottmann to get his first career start in place of Leary. As for Von Miller, he appears to be a game-time decision again this weekend. He put in another limited practice on Friday and is listed as questionable. Head Coach Vic Fangio told reporters after practice that Von will likely need to workout prior to the game, but that he is doing “much better” than last week. With the season already lost and the Broncos playoff chances gone, I doubt they rush Von out there with an MCL injury for a meaningless game. As Fangio has said all week, tackle Ja’Wuan James will play this Sunday despite the questionable label he has heading into the game. He will likely get the start according to Fangio, but will get spelled by Elijah Wilkinson who started in place of James all season. Here is your entire final injury report for the Denver Broncos and the Houston Texans. BOLD - Indicates change in status; NIR­- Indicates not injury related; *- Team conducted a walk through / report is an estimation STATUS DEFINITIONS: Did not participate (DNP); Limited: means less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions; Full: 100 percent of player’s normal repetitions; Out: will not play; Doubtful: Unlikely to play; Questionable: Uncertain to play News and notes around the NFL Bengals, Jaguars, Lions, Cardinals can all clinch last place on Sunday – ProFootballTalkSo far this season, only one team has clinched its place in any division: The Saints, who have clinched first place in the NFC South. But this week, in addition to six teams having a chance to clinch the playoffs, four teams have a chance to clinch last place in their respective divisions. Cedrick Wilson could miss rest of season with sprained ACL – ProFootballTalkCowboys receiver Cedrick Wilson was active Thursday night. It was the first time he dressed on game day since Oct. 20. Now, Wilson's season likely is over. Wilson sprained his anterior cruciate ligament on an incompletion late in the loss to the Bears. UW tight end Hunter Bryant declares for draft – ProFootballTalkWashington tight end Hunter Bryant will forgo his senior season to enter the NFL Draft. He announced his decision on social media Friday. “It’s been a long journey,” Bryant said in a video posted on Twitter. Neiko Thorpe’s season is over after sports hernia surgery – ProFootballTalkThe Seahawks will finish the season without special teams captain Neiko Thorpe, Pete Carroll told reporters Friday. Thorpe underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia, and he was on his way back from Philadelphia on Friday. Jerry Jones: We have to play better, that’s all there is to it – ProFootballTalkCowboys owner Jerry Jones is not happy with how his football team has been playing in recent weeks, but don't ask him if he's embarrassed about the team's efforts. That question was posed to Jones during a Friday morning appearance on 105. Jerry Jones swears on the air, gets dumped from live radio interview – ProFootballTalkCowboys owner Jerry Jones has never been known for his filter, but he was particularly unfiltered in a radio interview this morning. As Jones talked about all the ways he's disappointed in his 6-7 team, he was heard muttering, "bulls--t," before the confused hosts on 105. Adam Vinatieri, T.Y. Hilton out for Colts – ProFootballTalkThe Colts won't have to worry about Adam Vinatieri's accuracy this week. The veteran kicker is out for Sunday's game against the Bucs because of a left knee injury. Via Mike Chappell of Fox59. Antonio Brown posts lengthy apology on social media – ProFootballTalkFree-agent receiver Antonio Brown has used social media in recent weeks as a way both to vent frustrations and mend fences. On Friday, he was using it to mend fences. NFL Week 14 game picks: 49ers top Saints; Patriots edge Chiefs - NFL.comCan the surging Bills hand Lamar Jackson and Co. their first loss since September? 49ers or Saints in a clash of 10-2 titans? Will Kansas City win in New England? Gregg Rosenthal predicts every Week 14 game. Odell Beckham: I never said I wasn't happy in Cleveland - NFL.comOdell Beckham took to Twitter on Friday to stress that he is not unhappy in Cleveland. The statement comes one day after the Browns WR was uncertain about his future after this season. Lessons from Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson; Mahomes vs. Patriots - NFL.comWith Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson flourishing entering their Week 14 matchup, Bucky Brooks reveals lessons NFL teams must learn from the draft evaluations of those two QBs. Plus, Bill Belichick's blueprint for stopping Patrick Mahomes and more. Jerry Jones: Cowboys have 'litany of places' to correct - NFL.comJerry Jones cited several concerns with the Cowboys coming out of Thursday's loss to the Bears, which was Dallas' third in a row. He said it begins with kicker Brett Maher. Week 14 bold predictions: Chiefs torch Pats' pass defense; Redskins stun Pack - NFL.comCan Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs get revenge on the Patriots in their AFC title game rematch? Is Dwayne Haskins about to make a major statement at Lambeau? NFL Network analysts supply their bold predictions for Week 14. Patriots expected to re-sign kicker Nick Folk - NFL.comThe Patriots cut Nick Folk just a week ago. Now they're bringing him back. New England is expected to re-sign the veteran kicker as he returns from an appendectomy, Ian Rapoport reports. NFL 100 All-Time Team defensive backs, special teams revealed - NFL.comThe NFL is revealing the 100 greatest players and 10 greatest coaches in NFL history over the next six weeks. On Friday, the defensive backs, special teams and one coach was revealed. NFL's All-Time Team: Defensive backs, special teams revealed - NFL.comOn Friday night, NFL Network revealed 13 defensive backs, six special teamers and a head coach who made the NFL's All-Time Team. Judy Battista, a member of the 26-person panel that selected the squad, examines the honorees at each spot.

  • Here’s how to watch the Broncos-Texans game in Week 14
    by Tim Lynch on December 6, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The Denver Broncos (4-8) will face a tough road test against the Houston Texans (8-4) who are coming off a complete dismantlement of the New England Patriots in Week 13. Here’s how to watch. The rest of the 2019 season is all about the development of Drew Lock. For the Denver Broncos, it is painfully clear that they’ll never return to contention until they figure out what to do with the quarterback position. In his first game, Lock looked like the moment was not too big for him and he played well enough to secure a rare win for Denver. This week, however, is going to be a completely different kind of animal for Lock. Game Preview While the Houston Texans have been a bit up and down at times this year, the Broncos are catching them at the height of their season coming off a complete dismantling of the New England Patriots in Week 13. You can guarantee that they will be fired up this week and the crowd more than a little rowdy. Drew Lock will need to show that he can handle such a hostile environment and still produce successful drives as the starting quarterback. If, and this is a big if, the Broncos injury-depleted defense can keep the Texans from scoring too much, then the Broncos could make a game of it. Here is how to watch. TV Schedule When: Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Mile High time Where: NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas Channel: CBS / Local Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Rich Gannon (analyst), and AJ Ross (sideline reporting). Local Radio: KOA - 850 AM | 94.1 FM & The Fox - 103.5 FM | Spanish Radio KNVR 1150 AM | National Radio - Sports Radio If you see BLUE in your area below, you will get the Broncos-Texans game on CBS locally. And if you thought the area was tiny last week, well it is even small this week. If you see BLUE in your area, you will get the #Broncos #Texans game on CBS this weekend. #DENvsHOU https://t.co/nzS2XeNKdT— Tim Lynch (@TimLynch1978) December 6, 2019 Online Streaming FuboTV (Available if being televised in your area) Yahoo Sports App NFL Game Pass (After the game) Odds The Broncos are overwhelming underdogs on the road against the Texans. The line is currently over 9-points in most places. It’s hard to argue against it, since one team is 4-8 and looking to 2020, while the other is 8-4 and fresh off a win over the Patriots. Matchup History Since the Texans became a franchise 20 years ago, they have been pretty even with the Broncos. Denver owns a 4-3 advantage over Houston during that span. You may recall last years’ matchup when some coaching errors helped ensure a 19-17 road win for the Texans. Hot Reads Fan Sentiment There was a huge jump in fan confidence in the Broncos this week. It wasn’t just the 23-20 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, but also the way Drew Lock carried himself in his first start. There is much to be optimistic about after just one win, especially if Lock continues to develop his game to finish out this season. FanPulse is a polling project put on SB Nation to gather the opinions and insights of the most plugged-in Denver Broncos fans. If that describes you, then SIGN UP HERE to join us and other knowledgeable fans for NFL FanPulse. Broncos podcasts We have a new podcast schedule for the regular season. Please subscribe and check in every weekday morning for a new MHR Radio show. Details here. It’s Drewcember on MHR Radio and every other podcast show this week. Ian and Adam think that Lock could lead this young Broncos offense for a long time. Luke Patterson of Broncos on the Rox thinks that Drew Lock - after just one game - is the best starting quarterback in Denver since Peyton Manning retired. On the Broncos & Bratwurst podcast, there is a sense that Drew Lock is the hero we’ve all been waiting for. They are fully on board the Drewtrain. You can subscribe to our podcast feed on ApplePodcasts, GooglePlay, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and anywhere else you get your podcasts. Social Media Information MHR Facebook Page: Mile High Report: A Denver Broncos Blog MHR Twitter: Follow @MileHighReport MHR Instagram: Follow @MileHighReport Denver Broncos Fan Group: Denver Broncos Football MHR Live on Twitch: Follow @ MHR_Live

  • Little tape on Drew Lock is one advantage for Broncos’ offense
    by Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann on December 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images But with a slew of young guys - the youngest of whom is leading the show - the Broncos’ offense will have to have near-perfect execution to hang with the Texans. Broncos’ offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello recalled a moment in the game against the Chargers on Sunday after Ron Leary went out for a concussion He realized that third-year man Garett Bolles was the most senior player on offense taking the field. “We’ve got rookies everywhere, including the quarterback,” Scangarello said. “It’s just what we are. The cool thing about it is that we’ve got a great foundation, they’re going to get better and better the longer we do this together.” Part of the way Scangarello helps his rookie QB taking his second-ever NFL start in Week 14 of the regular season is by letting him do what is most comfortable - from running plays he likes better to using a wristband for play calling (the second of which Dalton Risner, Lock’s roommate in camp, loves to give him a hard time about). Drew Lock: “Dalton Risner likes time give me a lot of crap in the huddle. Especially in practice”Dalton called Drew “Buzz Lightyear” in the huddle because of his playbook wristband.— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensDNVR) December 4, 2019 And Scangarello tries to help Drew Lock anticipate what’s coming. “Part of this whole process, with all quarterbacks in the NFL, each guy’s a little different,” Scangarello said. “Their visualization, how they call plays, how they function and what’s best for them. It’s our job as coaches to adapt to their skill set.” The OC didn’t want to get into the specifics of how he coaches Lock in game, but he said the “reality of it is that I give him a heads up what’s coming. “Any way I can give him information, I always will,” Scangarello added. “Then he reads it off of it. He anticipates the call, and he can use the proper voice inflection and all that and have a feel for what he’s calling.” Anticipating a lot of man coverage from the Texans defense, Scangarello has been talking with Lock about how Houston will play him according to what they‘ve seen on tape - which isn’t too much yet. “How they view you will be what’s on that tape - do you handle pressure and do you execute and stand in there?” Scangarello said, adding that he believed Lock showed that last week - particularly with the first touchdown pass to Courtland Sutton. Courtland Sutton... no way. Insane one-handed, full extension, diving grab.First career TD for Drew Lock.(via @NFL)pic.twitter.com/SVslSYknCq— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 1, 2019 The OC and Lock had discussed the play call after noting a likely blitz and therefore a one-on-one matchup deep. “We talked in between the play and I told him, ‘Hey, Drew, they’re blitzing him more so be ready for it, get the one-on-one and let’s throw the go to Courtland.’ He did it,” Scangarello noted. “That’s him standing in there, executing and making it happen. The more you do that, people get nervous to pressure you.” Scangarello acknowledged that the Texans will try to disguise their coverage, but that’s a give-and-take too. “I think he’s got a good feel for [pressure]. They’re going to disguise things. If you can see things post-snap and you handle that, you’re going to get less of it,” Scangarello noted. “There’s a give and take with D-coordinators when they disguise. It can work to our advantage, and I think it’ll be fun to see how Drew handles that moving forward.”

  • FanPulse: Fan confidence boosted by the win and by Drew Lock
    by Tim Lynch on December 6, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    In our weekly FanPulse Survey, we found fan confidence has surged in the Denver Broncos after their 23-20 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. FanPulse is a polling project put on SB Nation to gather the opinions and insights of the most plugged-in Denver Broncos fans. If that describes you, then SIGN UP HERE to join us and other knowledgeable fans for NFL FanPulse. Denver Broncos fan confidence has surged in Week 14, reaching its highest mark since Week 7 when they were coming off a two game winning streak. The 56% confidence mark is also a dramatic turnaround since bottoming out at 8% just a few weeks ago. Some of that surge is from the Broncos 23-20 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, but I suspect a bit more of that is coming from how well Drew Lock played. His stats don’t show the poise and ability to play up to the moment in that game. We should all be encourage by that first game, but his growth will likely involve some growing pains. He’s not quite the franchise quarterback we all hope he is just yet. We talked a good bit about Lock’s performance on Something Something Broncos this week. While I am fully on the bandwagon, I understand the points Jess and Laurie made about being cautiously optimistic in his first start. On the road against the Houston Texans will be a huge early test in his career. Frankly, I expect him to fail this test. In his second start, he will be facing a strong playoff contender coming off a huge AFC win over the New England Patriots. That crowd is going to be hostile and rowdy. The most important thing for me is how well will he bounce back throughout the game when things don’t go well and will he find some success at times to make this a game of sorts. What are your expectations from Drew Lock and the offense this week?

 

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