Denver Broncos: 3 main reasons losing streak to Kansas City has lasted so long

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – OCTOBER 27: Joe Flacco #5 of the Denver Broncos warms up before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 27, 2019, in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

The Broncos have missed those Manning days

Some things go hand in hand.

The Broncos have not beaten the Chiefs since 2015 which was also the last time they made the playoffs. That was of course the final season of Manning’s career as well.

Since then, the team has searched high and low for a suitable replacement, having 11 different quarterbacks start at least one game. It’s hard to beat a Chiefs team that has been led by an efficient Alex Smith and a phenomenal Mahomes in that time.

Just take a look at these statistics:

In 7 straight wins with Manning at QB: 155-of-246 passing (63.0 percent), 1,992 yards, 19 TDs, 4 INTs

QBs in 11 straight losses: 218-of-397 passing (54.9 percent), 2,517 yards, 10 TDs, 17 INTs

Those numbers are fairly alarming. During this 11-game losing streak, the Broncos have only really gotten one solid performance from a quarterback and that was Trevor Siemian back in November 2016, a game the Broncos lost in overtime, also on Sunday Night Football.

During this losing streak, the Broncos have played the Chiefs close in a few of the games. Five of the 11 defeats have been by one possession or less. If the Broncos were able to get a little bit better play at the quarterback position, at least one of those could have had a different result and this streak would have ended a long time ago.

The Broncos need Teddy Bridgewater to step up in a big way in this game.