On Sunday the Denver Broncos were in Kansas City to face the defending Super Bowl champs, the Kansas City Chiefs. Sundayĺs game was an evening game and the Chiefs were heavily favored over the Broncos.
But that didnĺt mean Denver would lose the same way they did at the end of October. The Broncos were beat 43-16 the last time these two met up earlier this year. Since then, the Chiefs havenĺt lost a game but many have been close. The Chiefs only defeat came two weeks prior to Denverĺs first game with the Chiefs against the Las Vegas Raiders where Kansas City lost at home 40-32.
Denver however, arenĺt the Raiders, and have been fighting through injury all season as well as some COVID-19 issues which came to light in last weekĺs Denver loss to the New Orleans Saints.
On Sunday evening in front of a nationally televised game, the Broncos actually played a close and hard game against the defending champs. Well enough in fact to have some Bronco fans curious as to how good this team can be with all the right pieces in place.
Although the Broncos only scored two touchdowns in Sunday eveningĺs game, their single field goal by Brandon McManus in the first quarter is what kept Denver with a lead through the half, until the third quarter when Kansas City put up 10 points to take a three-point lead over Denver. The Broncos failed to add any additional points in the fourth quarter falling short of routing the 2019 Super Bowl Champs.
Drew Lock ended the day with two touchdown passes and two interceptions, a problem that has plagued Denverĺs young quarterback and has been the ire of his critics. Running back (RB) Melvin Gordon ended the day with 131 yards on the ground on 15 carries while, fan favorite Philip Lindsay was held to 26 yards on 14 carries.
Tight End (TE) Noah Fant lead all receivers with 57 yards with 4 receptions, with Tim Patrick following a close second with 44 yards with 4 receptions. Rookie wide out Jerry Jeudy was quiet on Sunday with only a single catch for 5 yards.
Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes threw nearly double what Lock threw and had zero interceptions. Kansas City TE Travis Kelce was the recipient of most of those yards racking up 136 yards on 8 receptions and one touchdown.
The remaining four games will likely be the deciding factor on the direction the Denver Broncos will head at quarterback. If Lock carries out a strong close of the 2020 season, Denver fans will likely see Lock under center next season. However, if Denver isnĺt competitive offensively in the last stretch, donĺt be surprised to see the Broncos make a push for another quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Next week the Broncos are in North Carolina to face the Panthers who hold an identical record at 4-8. The Panthers are missing key running back Christian McCaffrey, whose absence has made a huge impact on the performance of the Panthers. The Panthers have recently closed their facilities due to multiple COVID-19 positives but no word has come down as to its affect on Sundayĺs match up with the Broncos.