An abyssal start to the season as the Broncos fall to 0-2 after getting manhandled to a tune of 45-17. The Broncos started off with a solid game plan. The bears drove down the field on their first possession, but with some applied pressure, Trubisky rolled out to his right and was picked off by Justin Simmons. This turnover was followed up with a Phillip Lindsay scamper in the end zone. The run game was quickly forgotten after a few turnovers were forced and this game got out of hand quickly. Poor tackling led to huge gains on the ground by Tarik Cohen. Lock finished the game 14/23 for 177 yards, adding 1 touchdown with 4 interceptions. Late in the third quarter, Lock went down with a shoulder injury that will have him sidelined for the next four games. His backup, Joe Flacco, came into the game when it was already out of hand. Flacco finished the game 6/8 for 69 yards.
The Broncos have dug themselves into a hole, but the season isn’t over yet. Joe Flacco is a proven quarterback who still might have some gas left in the tank. The Broncos schedule is manageable, with the possibility of getting back in the win column in the next five games while facing the Packers, Jaguars, Chargers, Titans, and Chiefs. This team will have to turn it around if they have any hopes of staying relevant in playoff contention.