Around the AFC West, Week 12: Chiefs dominate as rivals fall apart

Nov 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) meets with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) following the victory at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) meets with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) following the victory at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 29, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Kendall Hinton (2) throws the ball against the New Orleans Saints in the second quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Kendall Hinton (2) throws the ball against the New Orleans Saints in the second quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

Denver Broncos

Is there any franchise more laughable in this very moment than the Denver Broncos? Seriously. I almost, almost feel bad for them. The Broncos got to play the New Orleans Saints (arguably the best team in the NFC) without any quarterbacks. That is peak 2020. Drew Lock and the rest of the QBs violated protocols and were quarantined for Sunday’s game. Now, you can argue all you want about whether or not it was fair to make them play, but let’s be real with ourselves: we all wanted to see a quarterback-less team take the field this year, just to make 2020 complete.

As we all expected, Kendall Hinton made his NFL quarterback debut (and probably swan song?) on Sunday against the Taysom Hill-led Saints. Why does the world hate us so much? Frankly this game was over before it began, but credit to the Broncos for at least showing up, and hey, they did score 3 points, so it wasn’t a complete disaster. I lied. It was a disaster.

The Broncos season is clearly over, so now they are just vying for draft order. I think the Broncos may need to seriously consider their quarterback situation because Drew Lock has not demonstrated that he is a franchise option. They have tons of talent that is not being utilized and the issue with the masks shows that the maturity level may not be there. He is expected to be a leader. Maybe this will turn things around?

I doubt it. Come Sunday, they travel to Arrowhead. The Chiefs host the Broncos on Sunday Night Football. The Chiefs have established themselves as the inevitable winners of the AFC West, but they need to keep pace with the Pittsburgh Steelers in hopes of securing the lone playoff bye. The Broncos would love nothing less than to play spoiler to the Chiefs, but I just don’t think that will happen here.

Game time is Sunday night at 7:20 p.m.