The Broncos got outplayed. It’s as simple as that. In a 43-16 loss, Denver played with very little punch. Here’s a quick rundown of how lopsided the game was statistically:
What do these numbers tell us? The Chiefs played with efficiency, whereas the Broncos were unable to convert in the end zone. Denver had every opportunity to get downfield and score, but they fell short. The Broncos’ third-down efficiency was atrocious. They converted on only 5-of-14 third downs (36%).
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Clearly, Denver played sloppy on offense. In particular, Drew Lock struggled.
Lock played very inconsistently, which translated to the rest of his offense. Both fumbles during the game go to Melvin Gordon, who couldn’t seem to hang onto the football. On the other hand, Phillip Lindsay had a phenomenal day on the ground, until he was taken out with a concussion and will most likely miss some time.
At the very least, the defense remained consistent. Patrick Mahomes was sacked four times for a loss of 28 yards. Two of those sacks can be attributed to Malik Reed, who has been a force to reckon with this season. The last couple of sacks are awarded to Dre’Mont Jones and Bradley Chubb. Denver’s defensive line is the only reliable part of this team. Hopefully, with a few more games and more advice from professionals, the offense will begin to flow more smoothly than it has thus far.