Russell Wilson brought hope back to the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.
The Broncos followed the Minnesota Vikings for most of the night. The only points they put on the scoreboard were those of kicker Will Lutz. But with the defense shutting down Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs, Wilson was able to lead the Broncos on a 10-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a touchdown pass to Courtland Sutton.
Denver took a 21-20 lead and won by the same score.
Wilson finished 27 of 35 with 259 passing yards and a touchdown pass. He was only sacked twice.
Sutton led the team with four catches for 66 yards. Samajae Perine had seven catches for 60 yards. Sutton and Perine were among eight players targeted during the game.
Denver’s defense played smashmouth football all night. Josey Jewell and Ja’Quan McMillian recovered fumbles. McMillian also had an interception. The defense was only able to sack Dobbs twice.
Yet Dobbs made history as he had Minnesota up most of the night. He made history in each of the last two weeks entering the game against Denver and made even more. With his scores against the Broncos, he became the first NFL player with at least one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown in each of his first three games for a team.
He finished 20 of 32 with 221 passing yards. His touchdown pass went to Josh Oliver, who finished with four catches for 47 yards. TJ Hockenson led the team with four catches for 55 yards.
Dobbs’ curious 2023 season began in March when the Cleveland Browns signed him from the Tennessee Titans. He was traded to the Arizona Cardinals before the start of the regular season. He was then traded to the Vikings as Arizona was set to get Kyler Murray back from injury.
He won each of his Vikings starts using his arms and legs. He made his debut against the Atlanta Falcons when he had to come on in a pinch for Jaran Hall.
Dobbs will now have to go back to the drawing board and figure out how to bounce back from a loss next week.
With four straight wins, the Broncos are back to 5-5 and still in playoff contention in the AFC standings. The team has tough matchups with the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans next on their list.
It really looked like the Broncos were headed for a repeat of 2022 when they started 1-5, but a few wins completely changed the tone of their season.