The Denver Broncos hosted the reigning Super Bowl Champs on Sunday afternoon. In a snowy game, the Broncos were hoping to upset the Chiefs and shock the NFL with how much progress they made in the offseason. Ha. The Chiefs came out with an anger only reserved for the Broncos and they handed Vic Fangio another loss—the tenth consecutive win over their rivals.
The Broncos shining spot was their run game, as per usual. The duo of Phillip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon continues to impress. However, the Broncos made mistakes all along the way which interestingly kept Patrick Mahomes off the field (probably a goal), but ended up surrendering defensive points and special teams points. You just can’t beat the Chiefs if you don’t play a perfect game.
I would argue the best part of the game was the following sequence, but I think Broncos fans might disagree:
The game was not kind to the Broncos on the injury front. Running back Phillip Lindsay, who was admittedly having himself a game, left after a brutal hit and entered the team’s concussion protocol. Additionally, defensive lineman Mike Purcell left the game with a foot injury. It was later revealed that the foot injury is enough to end Purcell’s season. That is another big loss on their defensive line.
Next week, the Broncos host the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers are coming off Herbert’s first NFL win and that win had to have felt good. I bet he wants another. The Chargers are a better team right now (at least they are playing like the better team), so I think it is almost inevitable that the Broncos drop another. You never know, though, because division games are weird.
Game time is Sunday at 3:05 p.m.