The Denver Broncos defense, for the second week in a row, let the team down. This time when the offense has their best game of the season. It’s only fitting that the best offensive performance of the season was wasted by the Broncos’ defense.
Well, well, well, how the tables have turned. The Broncos offense was pretty good today, putting up 28 points in their week 14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Denver went down 27-0 before outscoring Kansas City 28-7 the rest of the way.
Brett Rypien was not able to help Denver stumble across the finish line, but I think the defense was most to blame today. With every loss that a team suffers, someone or something can be blamed, whether or not the players and coaches say that during their after-game media availabilities.
Today, it was the defense who let the team down. I understand that they picked off Mahomes three times, but the offense was able to score points off of turnovers today, so you could call that a wash for both sides, but here is what the Chiefs’ offense was able to do today playing IN Denver:
- Chiefs converted 50% of their third downs
- Gained 431 total yards, 342 through the air
- 6.4 yards per play
- FOUR players had at least 45 receiving yards
- 34 total points scored
You see, this is stuff that I don’t think can simply be ignored when talking about this game. The Broncos let the Chiefs’ offense have its way for most of the game, and it was the main reason why they lost. Denver got burned on screen passes and somehow continued to let Travis Kelce chew up yardage like he’s done for years.
The team simply cannot play complementary football, and they haven’t been able to for years. The 34 points allowed by the defense was the most they’ve allowed all season, and the 431 yards allowed was also the most the defense has given up.
The Denver Broncos may not fire general manager George Paton, but evidence is piling up against him the more time goes along.
The defense was at fault on Sunday.