One bad half hasn’t shaken the confidence of a Broncos passing defense that remains highly ranked in the NFL (Kyle Newman, The Denver Post)
After getting torched for season highs in passing yards (319) and touchdowns (3) by Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins last Sunday, the Broncos pass defense ranking fell to … fifth in the league.
Which means, even with a dud second-half performance, there's still plenty to be bullish about in regards to the Broncos' secondary. That said, the unit knows it needs to tighten up its game heading into another road show Sunday in Buffalo.
Broncos Briefs: Early-season snaps allow Andrew Beck to feel comfortable at fullback (Ryan O'Halloran, The Denver Post)
A tight end by jersey number (83) and by trade (college/NFL), Beck is now the team's main fullback following Andy Janovich's season-ending elbow injury against Minnesota. The Broncos liked Beck's play enough in Weeks 1-3 while filling in for Janovich (pectoral injury) that they didn't sign a true fullback this week.
Leonard Fournette will never believe this but Denver has had the league's second-best run defense since week 4.
Vic Fangio: 'Not vitally important' for Drew Lock to play this season (Jeff Legwold, ESPN)
At 3-7 with six games to play, Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio said Wednesday it is "not vitally important" for rookie quarterback Drew Lock to play in any games this season as part of Lock's developmental curve. Fangio also said he likes what Brandon Allen has done behind center so far.