Frustrated Broncos fans give offense assistance with play clock


Yes, for those watching the Broncos’ 16-9 win over the Houston Texans on television Sunday, you correctly heard the Mile High crowd counting down the play clock.

The fans started when the play clock went under 10 seconds, undoubtedly a reaction to the Broncos’ offense committing two delay-of-game penalties in last week’s loss at Seattle and having more issues getting plays off Sunday.

“It made us aware,” running back Melvin Gordon said. “(Quarterback) Russell (Wilson) didn’t have to look at the clock anymore. It was different. I’ve never had that before. I don’t know if it’s a good or bad thing. Let’s see if they continue to do it.”

Said running back Javonte Williams: “That actually helped us out — we started clicking when they told us about the play clock. We might have to do that every game.”

Surtain, Jeudy injured. Receiver Jerry Jeudy (ribs) and cornerback Pat Surtain II (shoulder) sustained first-half injuries that prevented them from returning to the game.

Jeudy was injured on a trick play when Wilson looked deep to receiver Courtland Sutton, but checked down to Jeudy and threw incomplete.

“Losing (Jeudy), that stymied us a little bit, but I love the fact a lot of guys stepped up,” coach Nathaniel Hackett said.

Penalty problems. The Broncos were called for 13 enforced penalties totaling 100 yards.


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