The Denver Broncos, after winning two straight games against the New York Jets and the New England Patriots hosted the defending Super Bowl Champs, the Kansas City Chiefs on the fifth coldest game in Broncos history on Sunday afternoon. Analysts gave Denver an opportunity to give the Chiefs a run for their money with the cold snowy conditions, however; they didn’t account for a terrible offensive turnout from the Broncos.
Last week, Drew Lock was able to move the Broncos up and down the field in New England and although Denver’s offense never quite made it into the endzone they were able to beat the Patriots with six field goals. This week Lock was a different quarterback, one who gave up two interceptions and seemingly tried to force way too many passes into double and sometimes triple coverage. While Lock only recorded his 12th start for the Broncos on Sunday, many were hoping that the young gunslinger would be able to stop Kansas City’s nine game winning streak over the Broncos.
Denver’s defense showed out on Sunday holding the Kansas City offense to just under 290 yards of total offense and not allowing any third down conversions, a perfect ingredient needed to beat the Chief’s high flying offense. Unfortunately Denver’s offense and special teams gave up some big plays that made it nearly impossible for the Broncos to recover.
After Sunday’s performance Drew Lock had this to offer fans, “I can play a whole lot better and I’m going to. That’s the thing, I’m going to [play better]. This week wasn’t the best for me,” adding, “There’s a fine line between taking what the defense gives you and then when they don’t give you what you want, trying to make a play. I can make the plays when they’re there, but I’ve just got to get a little better judgment on when it’s time to make that play or say, ‘You know what, they got us.’ Eventually we’ll stop having this conversation, but it needs to happen faster than later, and it will.”
On Monday a frustrated Denver’s Broncos team returned to practice to prepare for the Los Angeles Chargers who are coming off of their second win of the season over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Coach Vic Fangio was asked what QB Drew Lock and offense needed to improve on moving forward. Coach had this to say, “I think as a team we just need to fix our entire passing game. We just haven’t thrown it very efficiently the last two weeks. That’s an 11-man operation, that’s us as coaches-we’re all in it together and we have to go to work on that. It has to improve, no doubt about it. We have to make improvements there, there’s no two ways about that.”
The Broncos will host the Los Angeles Chargers at Mile High on Sunday, November 1st at 2:05 MST. The L.A. Chargers are a three-point favorite in Sunday’s matchup. Sunday’s game will determine which AFC West team is worst in the division, with the Las Vegas Raiders sitting in second with three wins and three losses, and a win over the Kansas City Chiefs.