Courtland Sutton looks like Pro Bowler again. With Jerry Jeudy hurt, it’s scary to think where Broncos would be without him.


Hey, imagine where this Broncos offense would be right now without Courtland Sutton.


Done screaming yet?

“I want those opportunities to be able to make those plays,” Sutton said Sunday after a seven-catch, 122-yard performance against the Houston Texans saved both a 16-9 Broncos win and a franchise’s bacon. “I want to be the guy that (Russell Wilson) goes to on big third downs, fourth downs, so that we can convert (them) down the field.

“And I feel like, in order to be able to be in that (conversation) of an elite wide receiver, you’ve got to be (the) guy that can make those big third downs and fourth downs.”

He’s been that guy. And then some. On the Broncos’ second possession of the third quarter, facing a fourth-and-2 at the 50 and down 9-6, Sutton’s 6-yard catch kept the drive alive and helped flip the field.

On the Broncos’ next possession, on third-and-16 from the home 32, Sutton slipped behind a broken Texans secondary and into the clear, turning a Wilson lob into a 35-yard gain and bringing the crowd at Empower Field back to life again. Three plays later, the hosts finally reached paydirt, thanks to Wilson’s 22-yard rainbow to tight end Eric Saubert for the score.

“He’s a mismatch to any corner he goes up against,” Saubert said of Sutton, who’s caught 11 balls for 194 receiving yards — 97 per game — over the first two weeks of the season, and that’s not including the pass interference calls he’s drawn that kept the chains moving.

“I hope that’s part of the game plan going forward because he’s a special player.”

He’s an essential player, now, too, given Jerry Jeudy’s injury and an offense that couldn’t find the end zone if you pinned it on Google Maps.

The Broncos attempted nine throws on third or fourth down against the Texans. The ball went to Sutton three times in those circumstances, and he converted on all three tries.


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