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- Denver came into this AFC West matchup with their back against the wall. They came into the game 3-3 and looking to keep pace in the division. This was a crucial game for the Broncos. A win here would have pulled them to a half game of the division-leading Chiefs while a loss would have them only a half game above the Raiders and Chargers at the bottom of the division. The Broncos have now lost 4 of 5 games.. Kansas City came into the game having lost two games in a row.
- The Kansas City offense let the Broncos hang out in the game. They never put the nail in the coffin. The Chiefs scored only one touchdown on offense (a Marcus Peters INT return for a TD accounted for the other touchdown) and kicked five field goals. The Chiefs were up 14-0 and had the ball deep in Broncos territory but they called a gadget play where they had WR Tyreek Hill throw a pass into the end zone that resulted in an interception. This would have made it a three possession game early, but Head Coach Andy Reid got a little too cute with that place.
- The Denver offense held the ball longer, had more first downs, and accumulated more yards from scrimmage than Kansas City. They also turned the ball over five times. This output was consistent with what the Chiefs have done in the last five games as they have not scored over 20 points in any of the last five games and during this stretch they’ve thrown only three TDs and INTs. QB Trevor Siemian finished with 198 yards and a touchdown while completing 19 passes in 36 attempts. This lack of offensive output and the turnovers is likely costing the Broncos a playoff berth this year as it did last year. At some point the Vance Joseph’s coaching staff and brass has to determine what their plan is at the quarterback position.
- Denver ran on 31 of their 50 plays to minimize Siemian throwing the ball. They had success running the ball but they could not overcome the early 14-point deficit or lack of a passing game.