Update: The Saints final score at 31-3 is one of the more deceiving lines of the week. Taysom Hill finished the game with 78 passing yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT. Broncos “QB” Kendall Hinton finished the day with one completed pass for 14 passing yards and two interceptions. Ouch. If any fantasy manager was brave enough to start him, he was worth -2 fantasy points.
The Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints are setting back offensive football a good half century. The two teams are leaning on their ground games as circumstances have left them with shaky options in the passing game. Saints QB Taysom Hill has completed 5 of 10 passes for 14 yards while rushing five times for 15 yards and two touchdowns. Broncos QB Kendall Hinton has not completed one of his seven pass attempts and has thrown an interception.
The Broncos are without not one but their entire quarterback room due to COVID-19. On Thursday, backup quarterback Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19 and the other quarterbacks (Drew Lock, Blake Bortles, and Brett Rypien) did not wear masks around him. They were deemed high-risk close contacts and placed on injured reserve for this game. They are expected back next week, but cannot play this week. That left the Broncos leaning on running backs Philip Lindsay, Royce Freeman, and practice squad/former college quarterback Kendall Hinton to handle the quarterback duties.
The Saints are starting Taysom Hill because Drew Brees is dealing with broken ribs and Sean Payton thinks Hill is the better option than Jameis Winston. Hill has shown what he can do with his legs, but is struggling to do much through the air. This first half has been further indicative in what has been a disaster for offensive football.