All three Bronco QBs had close contact with Jeff Driskel, who was infected with COVID, without masks, breaking league protocols. But, none of them caught the virus, according to reports. As Klis points out, the Broncos and the three QBs could have played a Tuesday night game. Either way, Lock is expected to start against the Chiefs in Week 13.
Justin Jefferson became Minnesota's No. 1 receiving threat and saw double-digit targets (13) for the third time this season. And he had his second multi-touchdown day, with seven catches for 70 yards and two scores.
Of course Thielen is out of the lineup and on the COVID list, but Jefferson is showing he can step in. The story said Jefferson's longest reception of the day was 18 yards, a departure from the deep shots off play-action that usually come his way. The added attention is something Jefferson has been anticipating for weeks, working to perfect different releases and footwork to keep defenses guessing. Recently, we had a story about how teams are beginning to treat Jefferson as the Vikings WR1. With Thielen out of the lineup, Jefferson is showing he can deal with that kind of role and attention from defenses.
During the past four games -- in which the Cardinals have gone 1-3 and nearly 0-4 were it not for a Hail Mary against the Bills -- teams have figured out how to defend the dynamic Kyler Murray using a combination of containment, blitzing and leaping defensive linemen. Coach Kliff Kingsbury has taken issue with the phrase "figuring out," and Murray says it's not an issue.
The story said teams are keying on Murray on almost all the run plays. According to the story, Murray has averaged 65.2 rushing yards during six Arizona victories. In losses, it's down to 51.8. He ran for 15 yards two weeks ago in a loss to the Seahawks, in which he injured his right throwing shoulder in the first quarter, and 31 against the Patriots.