Denver Broncos safety Darian Stewart and the rest of the Broncos defense held the Oakland Raiders to a mere 10 points on Sunday.
Even that was more than they wanted to give up. The vaunted “No Fly Zone” surrendered a bomb touchdown pass to wide receiver Johnny Holton. It was his only catch of the day, but it went for 64 yards and a score. For just a second, the No Fly Zone looked vulnerable.
“Darian Stewart tells us on Orange and Blue 760 that a ‘miscommunication’ led to Oakland’s TD,” wrote Andrew Mason. “Said it was similar to one of LA’s TDs in Wk 1.”
The Broncos didn’t give up another touchdown in the game. They held Amari Cooper, a star wideout who was once a first-round pick out of Alabama, to just 9 yards on 2 catches. He was invisible and irrelevant to the game. The Broncos then ended the contest when safety Justin Simmons intercepted a pass from backup quarterback E.J. Manuel, as Derek Carr had exited with a back injury.
In that sense, this is good news for Denver. The talent is there. They just made a mental mistake, something that’s certainly correctable.
What was the miscommunication exactly? That’s not clear, but Stewart was the closest one to Holton, running after him on the way in.
Announcer and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo did sound surprised by how Holton just ran by Stewart, so it’s possible that, for at least a split second, Stewart didn’t think that was his man at all. By the time he gave chase, it was too late.
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