There was much uncertainty revolving around the Denver Broncos before the 2021 NFL season.
Both players had a claim to the position and showed their claim throughout the preseason.
Bridgewater eventually won the job, making him the starter for a fourth NFL franchise.
Even Von Miller’s tenure in Denver was up in the air.
"I haven't felt that in a while – since 18 was here man."
Von Miller showed some love to Teddy Bridgewater on the sideline 🧡
(via broncos/TT) pic.twitter.com/PrVeLUm6YF
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) September 14, 2021
There were trade talks for the three-time first-team All-Pro after missing the entire 2020 season due to injury.
The current season is also a contract year for Miller as his six-year, $114 million contract will expire once the Broncos’ campaign for 2021 ends.
But for all the doubts they endured, Bridgewater and Miller are vital contributors to the Broncos’ 2-0 start in 2021.
No one expected the Broncos to maintain a clean slate and share the lead in the AFC West.
However, they are winning because they are staying true to football’s fundamental objectives.
They compile enough points while taking care of the ball and unleash their defense to prevent their opponents from scoring big.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) September 12, 2021
The Broncos opened their season with a 27-13 victory against the New York Giants.
Miller turned back the hands of time to register two sacks on Daniel Jones.
Melvin Gordon with a 70-yard touchdown.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 12, 2021
Denver converted all three of their fourth downs and made 24 first downs.
Meanwhile, the Broncos limited the Giants to 60 rushing yards, 27 of which were by Jones.
Saquon Barkley finished with 26 yards on 10 carries.
Maintaining The Good Start
The Broncos continued their winning ways against Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Denver’s defense limited Lawrence to 14 completions out of 33 attempts for 118 yards, a touchdown, and two picks.
Miller added another sack to his collection while Patrick Surtain II got his first NFL interception.
Kareem Jackson also stole a ball from Lawrence, who threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns against the Houston Texans.
As Miller and company limited the Jaguars to 189 total yards on offense, Bridgewater and crew did their part to secure the victory.
Got it done in Jacksonville! pic.twitter.com/N4xNqyKO6U
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) September 19, 2021
The quarterback from Louisville finished with 328 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions.
He was also on target for 26 of 34 passes for a 76.4 completion percentage.
Denver last started a season at 2-0 in 2018 when Sutton was still a rookie.
Fast forward to 2021, and Denver is one of the surprise teams in the NFL.
Vic Fangio on the home opener against the Jets, with the Broncos sitting at 2-0:
“I expect an electric stadium.”
— Aric DiLalla (@AricDiLalla) September 19, 2021
They rank eighth in total yards per game at 409 and fifth in rushing with 130.5 yards per outing.
Their 4.5 yards per carry ranks ninth, and Gordon’s 70-yard touchdown is the longest run of the season so far.
On the other hand, the Broncos have the third-best defense by allowing just 251.5 total yards per game and third in fewest points allowed with 13 each match.
The Broncos are looking to extend their winning streak against the New York Jets at home.
Zach Wilson is in trouble if Denver maintains their defensive tenacity.