Back on October 26, Broncos Country on Twitter lashed out at quarterback Drew Lock following the squad's desultory loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. But at least KC is the defending Super Bowl champion: No one really expected Denver to win.
In contrast, the Las Vegas (formerly Oakland) Raiders have arguably been even lousier than the Broncos in recent years — which explains why the social media reaction to the silver-and-black crew dismantling Lock and company by a 37-12 margin on November 15 sparked even more ire. And yes, most of it was aimed directly at Lock, who has been touted as Denver's answer at quarterback following years spent wandering in the post-Peyton Manning wilderness.
Today there's nothing but questions again — many of them interspersed with profanity.
Lock, as usual, had his moments. During a drive late in the second quarter, when the Broncos were down by just a 10-6 score, Lock threw a couple of zingy passes (one to K.J. Hamler, another to Tim Patrick) that helped the unit march to within a few yards of pay dirt. But Lock's apparent running touchdown was nullified by a holding penalty on underutilized tight end Noah Fant. At that point, the one thing Lock couldn't do in response was hurl an interception into the end zone — which he promptly did.
This was hardly an isolated incident on Sunday. Lock ended the game with a gag-inducing four picks en route to a statistical nightmare of a performance: He completed fewer than 50 percent of his tosses to people wearing the same uniform he was, and a lot of his 257 total yards piled up during extended garbage time.
There are plenty of excuses available for the Broncos: injuries, players inactive due to COVID-19 protocols and more. But the bottom line is that the NFL is overstuffed with exciting young quarterbacks, including the Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray, the Los Angeles Chargers' Justin Herbert and more — and compared to them, Lock looks like a nothing burger sans anything resembling special sauce.
No wonder fans are frustrated. Feel their pain in our choices for the most memorable post-game tweets, topped by a message that's both witheringly sarcastic and politically timely.