By Leora Ruzin // @LeoraKitty78
Kansas City Chiefs 27 – Denver Broncos 23
It’s officially time to start panicking, Broncos Country. The 2018 season is eerily feeling like a repeat of the 2017 season, and we all know how that ended.
The Denver Broncos fell to division rival Kansas City Chiefs after holding a sizable lead for the majority of the game, and are 2-2 on the season. Experts expected the Broncos to lose in a blow-out, which might have been easier for fans to accept.
Instead, the Broncos kept the pace with the Chiefs during the first three quarters, only to fall apart in the last quarter.
For most of the night, the Broncos effectively moved the ball with a solid ground attack, led by rookie running backs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, who each logged a trip to the end zone. The defense did as much as it could to give the offense a fighting chance. That is, until the very end, when the secondary totally imploded.
When all was said and done, the Broncos lost after having a lead of at least 10 points for the first time since 2004. Fans are now calling for Head Coach Vance Joseph’s head on a platter.
For fun, we are switching up the format for this week. Instead of the good, the bad, and the ugly, we will cover the ugly, the bad, and the good. Because we need a little fun in all the sadness, right?
Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr echoed it as he was heading to the locker room after the game ended; “2 and 30… 2 and 30… 2 and 30”. Harris was referring to the Broncos defense blowing a perfect opportunity to end the game with a win by allowing the Chiefs to convert on a 2nd and 30 late in the 4th quarter.
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) 2 October 2018
As has been their Achilles heel for two years, the Broncos secondary left wide-open holes downfield and failed to cover Chiefs wide receiver, Demarcus Robinson. Robinson was wide open on a deep pass from quarterback Patrick Mahomes. On the very next play, on 3rd and 7, Mahomes went deep again, this time connecting with tight end Demetrius Harris.
To say that the defense has a problem covering the deep ball would be an understatement. Even though Mahomes was under pressure for most of the night, he was only sacked once, by linebacker Todd Davis.
King has been subpar at best this season for the Broncos. For someone who touts his ability to pin the ball consistently inside the 20, he averaged 41 yards/punt last night and only pinned one punt inside the 20.
Keenum, on the other hand, continues to give fans and experts reason to question his $36 million price tag. For the second straight week, he failed to reach the end zone and threw another interception.
For the season, he has only thrown three touchdowns to six interceptions and is on track to throw 24 interceptions on the season. While it is only game 4, it would not be totally uncalled for to suggest that Keenum may not be the answer to the Broncos continual QB woes.
How about the delay of game penalty that was not called on that key 3rd and 7 in the 4th quarter by the Chiefs? Oh, boy. The back-line ref missed the game clock, and it was a full two seconds after the clock ran down before the ball was even hiked to Mahomes.
The Broncos locker room was livid, and fans took to social media in an anger-filled frenzy. It is no surprise that the officiating has been especially awful this season, with no apparent end in sight.
But let’s be real, the Chiefs didn’t get that play off in time. Should have been delay of game. Broncos have a legitimate beef.
— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) 2 October 2018
Uh, the Colorado Rockies are in the playoffs? At least for right now, as they (at the time of this writing), are leading the Chicago Cubs in the NL Wild Card game. Here’s to hoping they can give Colorado fans something to cheer about in October!
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