It came down to the final drive for Denver. A series of quick and effective drives downfield could have allowed the Broncos to upset the Chiefs. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen; but then again, no one expected the game to be this close.
Let’s back up a bit.
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The Broncos came ready to play against the Chiefs now that they finally had an eligible quarterback to compete with. Drew Lock’s offense, which has struggled mightily this season, played considerably better. Denver put the first points on the board and continued to lead Kansas City at half time, 10-9.
Running back Melvin Gordon III contributed largely to the offense. Gordon had 15 carries for 131 yards, with his longest run being 65 yards. With the run game being so threatening, this opened up a lot of opportunities for Drew Lock to pass the ball.
Lock spread his passes across seven receivers. Tim Patrick and Noah Fant made up the majority of the passing yardage, with Patrick securing 4 receptions for 44 yards and 2 touchdowns and Fant catching 4 passes for 57 yards.
On defense, the Broncos can do no wrong. Shelby Harris had a particularly exciting game with two blocked passes and a handful of impressive tackles. The Chiefs struggled to move the chains on 3rd downs against the Broncos defense—converting on only 3-of-10 attempts. Nothing more needs to be said other than good job to Denver’s defense. Please keep doing what you’re doing.
Drew Lock, on the other hand, started and ended the game with interceptions. This is reflective of the fact that he is still a rookie who stepped into a full time starting position with no one to show him the ropes first. Lock is having to learn the ins and outs of professional football as he plays each game. That can’t be held against him.
The team has what it takes to be great. Give Lock more time to develop and the Broncos will become one of the most underrated teams in the NFL, guaranteed.
–Caitlyn Allen covers the Denver Broncos for Full Press Coverage Sports Media. Follow her on Twitter @caitlyyyn_allen.