Denver Broncos: What went wrong in second loss to the Chiefs
The Denver Broncos were outmatched by Kansas City’s offense on Sunday.
On one of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ four touchdown passes, the Broncos, for some reason, had linebacker Todd Davis covering Kansas City wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
It was a complete mismatch. You cannot assign a linebacker to cover any Chiefs wide receiver. The speed of Kansas City’s receivers is a complete disadvantage for Denver. It made no sense to do that. Therefore, Denver got beat.
Kansas City has a plethora of dynamic offensive weapons.
On the ground, they have the luxury of Kareem Hunt running the football. Hunt was held to just 50 yards, which is very good considering Denver’s past mistakes stopping the run in recent weeks.
The problem was that the Chiefs’ air attack was dominant as always. Mahomes completed 24 of 34 passes for 303 yards. He connected with his receivers for four touchdowns and threw one interception.
Chiefs high-powered offense
As has been the issue for their opponents this season, the Kansas City Chiefs’ offense was pretty spectacular (sigh).
Despite holding running back Kareem Hunt to 50 yards rushing, The Chiefs still had their young star quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Mahomes found six different targets to throw to, including one that went over 100 yards (Sammy Watkins, 107), and two that eclipsed 70 yards receiving (Travis Kelce, 79 and Tyreek Hill, 70).
Once again, the Broncos’ defense let an opposing team’s tight end have a solid day against them. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce caught six passes for 79 yards and a score.
On a positive note, the Broncos hope that the return of Su’a Cravens from injured reserve will help limit big plays by tight ends.
However, it may be too little too late. With Denver’s second loss to Kansas City, and being two games behind the Los Angeles Chargers (while in third place), the team’s playoff hopes are dwindling.
There is nothing the Denver Broncos can do now besides move on to next week.
All I can say is, on to the Houston Texans. Go Broncos!