The only thing that could have made last week’s Sunday night home game against the Chiefs better would have been a win, but it was not to be. The Chiefs pulled off the win 30-27 late in overtime on a Santos 34 yard field goal.
The Chief’s win puts them in second place, one game behind the Raiders in the AFC West, and drops the Broncos to third place.
Every division game is a dog fight. Each team is vying for the division title every time they face a division opponent. With the AFC West being so close this year, this was one of those games that had epic face off written all over it. And it did not disappoint.
Looking at the game objectively, this was a truly epic battle between two evenly matched teams. As so often is the case with evenly matched teams, the last one with the ball wins.
The first half was a stand off between two great defenses, until the Trevor Semian was sacked for a safety, and the ensuing free kick was returned for a touchdown by Chief speedster, Tyreek Hill.
I could go on about a host of “what if’s” that could have changed the outcome of the game, but I’ll only mention one. The 62 yard field goal attempt by McManus was a huge coaching plunder by Kubiak. With 1:08 left in OT, if Kubiak had elected to punt and pin the Chiefs deep in their end, the game would likely have ended in a tie. That misguided decision gave the Chiefs a first and ten on the Bronco 48. Four plays later the Chiefs 34 yard field goal finished off the game.
The good news is the offense played well in the second half, once they benched Ty Sambrailo who was beaten like a rented mule by Chief’s linebacker Justin Houston.
Semian had his best game of the season. He threw for 368 yards on 34 attempts and 3 touchdowns passes.
The bad news is it was too little too late.
After the game Emmanuel Sanders said, “We gave it our all.” There isn’t much more to say than that.
Looking ahead to next week, the Broncos travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. The Jags are struggling with an anemic 2-9 record. Deeper passes, utilizing the tight end and backs in the passing game and scoring touchdowns is the key to victory.
This will be a chance for the Broncos to prove their offensive performance in Sunday’s second half was a sign of things to come.
The pick, Broncos beat the Jags. 31-10