After a miserable loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Denver Broncos face an even bigger challenge.
The Kansas City Chiefs are next on the docket and are a two-touchdown favorite over the Broncos. It’s easy to see why, The game is being played at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs might be the best team in the league at 10-1 and they haven’t lost to the Broncos since 2015.
It’s a walk in the park for Patrick Mahomes and company, right?
Well yes, on paper it is. But it is time for this Broncos team to step up and stop being stepped on. After being made fools of last week against the Saints (the league had a heavy hand in that), the Broncos all need to sit down and look at each other square in the face and decide to put forth their best effort of the season on Sunday night.
Drew Lock needs to step up and be the leader that the position he plays calls for. He and his fellow quarterbacks ultimately put the team in a bad position last week and after the public criticism made against he and the rest of the quarterbacks by head coach Vic Fangio, should come out ready to play some inspired football.
Garett Bolles, who recently was signed to a huge extension, should come out ready to push around and physically dominate the Kansas City defensive line.
This isn’t to say that the Broncos are going to win this game, but a much better effort needs to be put on the field than we have seen for much of this season.
The NFL front office knocked the Broncos down. Their seventh loss of the season all but sealed the fact that the team won’t be going to the playoffs, again. But the Broncos have always been one of the NFL’s proudest franchises and this Sunday, that needs to be shown.
Get back up and wipe the dirt off of that ridiculous one-completion performance last week and give the Chiefs all they can handle. Yes, I realize that is a tall task, but the Broncos need to treat this game as their Super Bowl.
The embarrassment of such a proud franchise has become too much and it’s time for someone, coaches, players and front office personnel included, to put their collective foot down and get things going in the other direction.
And Vic Fangio, for crying out loud, have this team prepared and ready to play. Because if the final score is 43-16 or in that neighborhood, like the first meeting this season, anyone calling for your job will have more than enough reason.
Last week was a low point in Broncos history. It’s time to get rid of that bad taste in the mouth and empty the tank to try and end the Chiefs’ 10-game winning streak in the series.