It was a tale of two halves.
The first half was one Denver fans have been waiting for: a dominant defense with a potent offense that ran off to a 20-0 lead over the heavily favored Vikings in Minneapolis. The second half featured a team that’s been seen far too often in 2019 — one in which couldn’t close out a game despite carrying a lead.
The Broncos lost 27-23 to the Vikings in possibly the biggest heartbreaking game of the season. So far. With six games to go, Denver sits at a 3-7 record. Well, at least the draft position is better. Here’s what you may have missed from Sunday’s game:
- How does a team blow a 20-point lead? Ryan O’Halloran breaks down the Week 11 loss in his analysis of the Broncos.
- Columnist Mark Kiszla poses the question, how many times must we watch this same sad movie?
- Courtland Sutton is quickly emerging as an elite NFL wideout. Kyle Newman takes a look at his monster game in Minnesota.
- On the other side of the ball, Shelby Harris had a career day — three sacks, a forced fumble and a pair of tackles for loss. Kyle Newman looks at why Harris said his performance “was a long time coming.”
- Broncos QB Brandon Allen said the interception late in first half is “on me.”
- Broncos Status Report: Another loss, another gut punch.
- Broncos up-down drill: Best and worst performances against the Vikings.
- There were several Denver highlights, including Troy Fumagalli’s first NFL touchdown, Sutton’s 38-yard pass to Tim Patrick and Harris’ strip sack on Kirk Cousins.
— Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post
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- Avalanche: At Calgary Flames, 7 p.m. Tuesday, ALT | Buy tickets
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Ask The Experts
+ Broncos Mailbag: Have a question about the team? Ask Ryan O’Halloran here.
+ Nuggets Mailbag: Have a question about the team? Ask Mike Singer here.
+ Avs Mailbag: Have a question about the team? Ask Mike Chambers here.
+ Rockies Mailbag: Have a question about the team? Ask Patrick Saunders here.
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