The Denver Broncos have lost nine straight games to the Kansas City Chiefs, but that streak can end Sunday.
Coming into the 2020 NFL Season, the Denver Broncos had high expectations. One of those expectations was to beat, or at least contend with, the Kansas City Chiefs.
On Sunday, the Broncos have a chance to do just that. The stage is set for the young team to shock the world, and take down the Super Bowl champs.
Here’s how they do it.
1. Contain the Chiefs’ Pass Rush
In two meetings with the Chiefs last year, the Broncos scored nine points. Combined.
Denver has no shot to win if they can’t put up points on offense. Arguably the biggest problem for the Broncos’ offense has been dealing with the Chiefs pass rush, led by star defensive lineman Chris Jones.
In five games started this season, Jones has 3.5 sacks to go with seven quarterback hits, per Pro Football Reference. He is unquestionably their most disruptive defensive lineman and the biggest problem for the Broncos.
In a surprising turn of events, the Broncos have found continuity and good play from their offensive tackles. Garrett Bolles has had a career year, and right tackle Demar Dotson has held his own ever since taking over for the injured Elijah Wilkinson. The two will need to play well to give Drew Lock the time he needs.
The interior offensive line is more of a question mark for Denver. Left guard Dalton Risner has struggled at times, and is currently questionable to play with a shoulder injury.
The addition of Risner would be huge for the Broncos, but rookie Lloyd Cushenberry will have to step up as well. Per Pro Football Focus, Cushenberry has allowed three sacks and three quarterback hits. Cushenberry will need to be ready for what will likely be one of his toughest tests of the season.