DENVER — The Denver Broncos’ offensive game strategy, and possibly their season, dissolved into a “what now?” mess of offensive line play on Thursday evening, as quarterback Joe Flacco was unable to escape the Kansas City Chiefs through a 30-six loss.
The Chiefs had six sacks in the initially half and completed with nine in the game — the most against the Broncos because 1983, or as it is recognized in these components, John Elway’s rookie season. Kansas City’s oft-criticized defense was a lot more than adequate to get an all-also-simple win even following watching quarterback Patrick Mahomes limp to the locker area with a proper knee injury in the initially half. He would not return.
The loss drops the after-once again-reeling Broncos to two-five with considerable queries about what, if something, they can do to repair the troubles up front in any try to salvage the season.
Troubling trend: The Chiefs (five-two) came into Thursday’s game 30th in the league in run defense, 27th in total defense and 24th in sacks and however the Broncos could not run the ball efficiently, could not place drives collectively and basically did not guard Flacco at any point against that very same defense. Suitable tackle Ja’Wuan James hasn’t played because leaving the season opener with a knee injury — he had practiced the previous two weeks on a restricted basis — and the Broncos regularly permitted free of charge rushers to crowd the front porch on Flacco.
Toss in 3 essential drops from rookie tight finish Noah Fant, 3 holding penalties on Garett Bolles, a run game mired in neutral, and the recipe for the most disjointed functionality of the season on offense was in spot.
Greatest hole in game strategy: There is some thing to be stated for danger-taking, there is some thing to be stated for believing in your guys and there is some thing to be stated for shaking issues up with some thing unexpected.
And then there is going for two on the initially touchdown of the game following you have currently produced the further point. The Chiefs had been penalized for encroachment on the play and Phillip Lindsay could not pound it in for the conversion. Then there was the fake punt that never ever appeared to have any likelihood of operating on a fourth-and-four on the initially play of the second quarter. All in all, Chiefs coach Andy Reid, with a backup quarterback and possibly as lots of injuries to essential players across the depth chart as the Broncos, quickly won the strategic battle with Vic Fangio.
QB breakdown: Flacco was definitely below siege, but it really is not all on the quarterback no matter how lengthy he does or does not hold the ball. The Broncos never ever adjusted. There was no helpful screen game or an try to choose up the pace with shorter drops and shorter throws to offset the Chiefs’ onslaught.
Pivotal play: Mahomes left the game with just below 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter. The Chiefs had been driving and settled for a field aim that would give them a 13-six lead with eight minutes, 1 second remaining till halftime.
Immediately after that point, the Broncos surrendered a defensive touchdown, seven sacks, a 57-yard touchdown from Matt Moore to Tyreek Hill and possibly any likelihood of digging out of their early-season hole.