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Some days in the NFL nothing breaks your way, as was the case for the Denver Broncos Sunday. They entered the home game against the Ravens playing with house money—undefeated, overachieving, the talk of the town—but by the end of the afternoon, not only had they lost the game 23-7, but they had also lost their starting quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, with a concussion.
Bridgewater left the game before halftime after a helmet-to-helmet hit by Odafe Oweh. Denver head coach Vic Fangio acknowledged the concussion in his postgame remarks, then offered the typical coach-speak for injuries.
“He says he’s getting better as the day goes on, so we’ll see,” Fangio said.
After winning a heavily-contested preseason quarterback battle against incumbent starter Drew Lock, Bridgewater started the season strong, completing 77 percent of his passes, including four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Before his concussion Sunday, Bridgewater put up a respectable 65 yards on seven completions, including the team’s only touchdown of the day. Lock finished the day 12 of 21 passing for 113 yards and an interception.
At 3-1, the Broncos remain firmly in the mix in the AFC West, but given that it’s one of the best divisions in all of football (Super Bowl favorites Kansas City currently sit in 4th with a 2-2 record), the Broncos desperately need their starting quarterback back in the lineup as soon as possible.
Denver heads to Pittsburgh next Sunday for a tough road matchup against a Steelers team desperate for a win.