QB Brandon Allen - Denver Broncos
|6-1, 217||Born: 9-5-1992||College: Arkansas||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2016|
Week 14: at Houston Texans
FBG says: Good matchup. Drew Lock's NFL debut went reasonably well as he led the Broncos to a win with 134 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He made some great plays last week, but he also took few risks with just 4.8 passing yards per attempt while throwing an ugly interception in the fourth quarter. This pedestrian passing performance was nothing new for this Denver offense that ranks 31st in the league with just 187.4 passing yards per game and is tied for last with only 11 passing touchdowns. Courtland Sutton, on the other hand, had a huge day last week as he made up over half the total passing yards for this offense (74 of 134) while catching both touchdowns. Sutton has not consistently found the end zone by any means this season but he has been a consistently targeted option for this passing offense and has posted over 70 receiving yards in 8-of-12 games on the year. Beyond Sutton, it is tough to rely on anyone else for consistent production in this passing offense. The Texans own one of the worst passing defenses in football, giving up the fifth-most passing yards per game (262.9) and touchdowns (25). Quarterbacks have passed for three or more touchdowns against Houston in six of their last eight games, while the only two outliers with fewer than three touchdowns came against struggling Colts and Raiders passing offenses. They are lacking consistent pressure on quarterbacks with one or fewer sacks in five of the last seven games as this defensive line is indeed struggling without star edge rusher J.J. Watt. Play from their defensive backs has also been quite disappointing, especially as three of their starters continue to play through relatively recent injuries. Courtland Sutton will have a clear advantage in this one as the Texans should give Drew Lock a decent chance to excel in his second career start.
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Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 12 vs BUF (10 / 25 / 82 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Allen struggled to throw the ball on a windy day against a stingy Buffalo defense, putting together a miserable stat line of 25 attempts for just 82 yards. He tossed one interception and took a few huge sacks, including a near-safety in the second half. Courtland Sutton was the target on Allen's second quarter interception. The receiver and QB appeared to be on different pages as Sutton ran a hook route and sat down, while Allen threw the ball deep as if he expected the receiver to run a stop and go route after cutting.
2019 Week 11 vs MIN (17 / 39 / 240 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)
Allen tossed a few nice deep balls in this contest. He took some big shots off play action on the Broncos first drive, narrowly missing Sutton for a big gain and then connecting with Fant up the seam for 31 yards off of a fake to Lindsay. Allen connected with Sutton later in the 1st quarter with another beautiful play action pass, with Sutton making an amazing leaping grab between two defenders for a 48 yard gain. Allen took a shot for Sutton in the end zone on the next play, drawing a pass interference penalty that set Denver up on the goal line. Allen found backup tight end Fumagalli for a short touchdown on a stick route two plays later. Allen and Sutton hooked up again for 40+ on a deep ball down the middle late in the 4th quarter. Allen returned a gift to the Vikings at the end of the 1st half. Minnesota fumbled a kickoff return, giving the Broncos the ball in the Viking red zone, but Allen threw a pick on the first snap of the drive, ending the first half of play. Allen and the offense drove down to the Minnesota red zone at the end of the 4th quarter, but were denied by a staunch effort from the Vikings defense. Allen tried but failed to connect with Fant twice and Patrick once in the end zone as time ran out. Allen added 18 yards on the ground with a few scrambles.
2019 Week 9 vs CLE (12 / 20 / 193 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 13 / 0 rush)
Allen led the offense to a victory on an efficient day that saw the Broncos run just 40 plays total. He dropped a couple of beautiful dime passes to Sutton on the Broncos first scoring drive in the 1st quarter. The two first connected on a deep post that picked up 19 yards, then Sutton beat his man down the right sideline and made a leaping grab over a defender for the score. Allen put the ball where only Sutton could grab it. Allen's second touchdown was all Noah Fant, as the rookie tight end caught a short crossing route and broke several tackles before he turned up the left sideline and housed the 75 yard score. Allen led the Broncos to a field goal in the 2nd quarter and another scoring drive that ended in a Phillip Lindsay touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Allen's mobility isn't elite, but it's certainly an upgrade over Flacco. Allen picked up a 3rd and long conversion with an 11 yard scramble around right end in the 1st quarter. Allen was lucky to escape the day without an interception. Myles Garrett tipped a 2nd quarter pass at the line of scrimmage and nearly gathered it for a pick.
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