Christmas didn’t come early for the Denver Broncos as they lost to Buffalo Bills 40-14. Denver was playing not to lose while Buffalo was playing to not move to Canada.
The Oakland Raiders beat the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime to move into a tie for first place in the AFC West. A lot of possibilities still exist in terms of the AFC playoff race, but the main point to take away is if the Broncos beat the Chiefs next week, then they will go to the playoffs.
Back to this afternoon’s game, however. The Broncos turnover trend continued as Tim Tebow threw four interceptions with two of them being pick-6’s. Life in Buffalo was bleak. Tebow went 13-for-30 for 185 yards and 1 TD with 10 carries for 34 yards and 1 rushing touchdown.
While it’s pointless to point fingers right now, a lot of people have the digits pointed at offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. For a team that was ranked 29th against the run, the Broncos asked Tebow to pass a lot.
Willis McGahee had 15 carries for 64 yards, but one would expect that he would carry the ball more than 15 times against one of the league’s worst rush defenses.
The Bills brought the wood today. They picked the Broncos apart offensively with 351 yards of total offense. Missed tackles and missed assignments allowed C.J. Spiller to rush for 111 yard on 16 carries. The Broncos couldn’t apply any kind of pressure to Ryan Fitzpatrick who passed for 196 yards and completed 55.6% of his passes.
It was the Bills defense, however, that forced the Broncos to roam back to Denver with their tails between their legs. It will be an especially long flight back to Denver for this team. Perhaps they will see Santa flying the skies and ask him for a late Christmas present – to beat the Chiefs next week.
If you think the Tim Tebow vs. Kyle Orton battle was fierce during training camp, you haven’t seen anything yet. Week 17 is what it’s all cracked up to be at least for Broncos and Chiefs fans.