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Buffaloes in the NFL: Phillip Lindsay deserves better than the Broncos

Lindsay was superb in Denver’s third loss.

NFL: SEP 22 Broncos at Packers Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

I want Phillip Lindsay to be a hometown hero. I want him to play for the Denver Broncos for the next 15 years. But I also want him to win. Football is supposed to be fun, and no matter Lindsay’s affiliation to Colorado, he deserves less Joe Flacco in his life.

On Sunday, the Broncos lost to the Green Bay Packers, which dropped them to 0-3 on the season. The only good thing about the Broncos was Lindsay, who had 150 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. The Colorado Buffaloes icon was the same Tasmanian devil we all love, just with Dalton Risner blocking for him instead of Tim Lynott.

If there was another positive from the Broncos’ loss, it was that Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari was flawless. The former Buffs tackle is the best lineman in the NFL and he had no problem dealing with Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. Obviously the Broncos have issues — they have zero sacks in three games (!) — but Bakhtiari did his job as well as he usually does.

Elsewhere in the NFL, it was somewhat quiet for the healthy Buffs around the league. Juwann Winfree made his debut for the Broncos, although he didn’t have a catch. Nate Solder was beaten badly by former CSU Ram Shaquille Barrett. Isaiah Oliver and Chidobe Awuzie did have great games, as they each had a bunch of tackles and a few pass breakups in close games. — Richardson

Unfortunately, this season has been injury plagued for our adult sons. Tedric Thompson missed his third straight game with a hamstring injury. Jimmy Smith is still out with a knee sprain. Ahkello Witherspoon was carted off the field with a foot injury, although he’s optimistic that it’s not too serious (the exact details haven’t been released).