There’s no better way to endear yourself to Broncos Country than by beating a division rival.
Rookie quarterback Drew Lock did just that in his first NFL start, leading Denver to a 23-20 win over the visiting Chargers. He got off to a roaring start, completing two touchdown passes to Courtland Sutton in the first quarter. While his final line isn’t something to write home about — 18 of 28 for 134 yards — he tallied the most important stat: a “W.”
Here’s what you may have missed from Sunday’s win:
— Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post
What’s on Tap?
- Nuggets: Los Angeles Lakers, 7 p.m. Tuesday, ALT | Buy tickets
- Avalanche: At Toronto Maple Leafs, 5 p.m. Wednesday, ALT | Buy tickets
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The cynics will say 5-7 is 5-7, the same old CU nowhere. It wasn’t. Year 1 of the Mel Tucker Era, in hindsight, wasn’t really about the destination. It was about the journey, Sean Keeler writes. Read more…
Cale Makar is poised to become a finalist for multiple individual NHL awards this spring, with the Calder Trophy (rookie of the year) and Norris Trophy (best defenseman) strong possibilities.
The young Avalanche standout could also vie for the most prestigious one voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association: The Hart Trophy as league MVP, Mike Chambers writes. Read more…
You can sell the opener. You can sell getting CU at your pad to open the fight card. You can sell a chance to milk Buffs fans the way the Buffs turned Nebraska’s Sea of Red into Christmas in Cancun. You can sell Warren Jackson’s NFL frame and NFL game, if they’re still in the zip code. You can sell Dante Wright’s wheels and Trey McBride’s bullish romps up the boundary.
How do you sell 4-8? How do you sell Mike Bobo now? Sean Keeler takes a look. Read more…
+ Broncos Insider: Give John Elway credit for signing overlooked guys who have emerged as potential impact players.
+ Kickin’ It with Kiz: Is Broncos quarterback Drew Lock a square peg doomed to fail in round hole?
+ Behind strong defense, No. 1 Cherry Creek advances to state title game with 14-7 win over Pomona.
+ State prep football roundup: Broomfield’s Eich kicks Eagles into 4A state championship game.
+ Singer: Nuggets union rep Mason Plumlee says there’s been “some talk” about potentially dramatic changes to NBA.
+ Pac-12 football roundup: Utah closes in (on the CFP), Chip Kelly’s future, Kevin Sumlin’s hot seat, bowl updates and more.
+ Colorado ski area championship round 2: Snowmass vs. Crested Butte, Vail vs. Aspen Highlands, Loveland vs. Copper.
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.
By The Numbers
How many World Cup skiing wins Mikaela Shiffrin has after winning by a massive 2.29 seconds ahead of Petro Vlhova in slaloms on Sunday. She now trails just Lindsey Vonn (82) on the all-time women’s list. Read more…
Nearly 13 years after his father was murdered on the streets of Denver, Darius Williams stood on a football field in Broncos Country and triumphantly raised his palms toward heaven, pulling down the thunder, Mark Kiszla writes. Read more…