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Broncos, Briefly: Monday, Dec. 9, 2019

Although there's no guarantee that Drew Lock will be the future of the franchise, he definitely looked like he's headed that way with his performance against the Texans on Sunday. In the first road start of his career, Lock shredded the Texans for 309 yards and three touchdowns in stunning 38-24 win for Denver.

In his return to Clutch City, Kareem Jackson made sure the fans didn't forget about him.

The Broncos' safety had a 70-yard fumble return for a touchdown on the team's most notable defensive play of the season, recorded an interception, had three passes defensed and a career-high tying 11 tackles in Denver's 38-24 mauling of the Texans.

His quarterback was starting on the road for the first time. His play-calling had been under constant scrutiny. And his offensive line was without its right guard and had a platoon at right tackle.

So, naturally, Broncos offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello called his best game of the season.

Maybe not "Infinity and Beyond," but Broncos rookie quarterback Drew Lock's historic Sunday kept the Denver Broncos' slim hopes alive to finish the season at the .500 mark after an 0-4 start.

Lock, the second-round rookie the Broncos' brass had hoped to redshirt his first season, notched his second NFL win in record fashion Sunday. While leading the Broncos to a 38-24 victory over the Texans, he became the first NFL rookie quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards and three passing touchdowns in his first road start. He finished 22-of-27 for 309 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of 136.0 — the highest of any Broncos quarterback since 2014.

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