Broncos Can’t Solve Chiefs in the Snow
The Denver Broncos suffered a 43-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday on a snowy and cold day at Empower Field at Mile High.
It was Denver’s 10th straight loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, and a number of these defeats have been in blowout fashion.
Quarterback Drew Lock was taking on his hometown team in this game, and he continues to struggle against the Chiefs. Lock was adamant that he was treating this as just another game, but the Chiefs definitely seem to have his number.
Lock grew up in Lee’s Summit, Mo., which is very close to Kansas City. Drew’s father also played for Chiefs head coach Andy Reid at Missouri, and it has been Reid’s team that has dominated the young quarterback.
The final numbers for Lock weren’t all that bad, but the young quarterback was able to pile up some numbers in garbage time. Lock finished the game with 254 passing yards, going 24-of-40 on the day.
Turnovers played a huge role in the loss to the Chiefs on Sunday, and Lock also played a role in that part of the game. Lock threw a pair of interceptions in the loss to the Chiefs, including one returned for a touchdown.
Running back Melvin Gordon had a pair of fumbles in the loss, one week after missing the Week 6 win with strep throat. The cold weather and snow likely played a role in the turnovers, but the Broncos can’t continue to give the ball away.
With the loss, the Broncos fell to just 2-4 on the season and are now in last place in the AFC West. Denver does have a few winnable games coming up on the schedule, but the team has to turn things around in a hurry.
Lindsay Suffers Concussion
One of the Broncos’ biggest offensive weapons in the first half on Sunday was running back Phillip Lindsay. Unfortunately, Lindsay was unable to finish the game on Sunday after suffering a concussion in the second quarter.
Lindsay had racked up 79 yards on just nine carries to begin the game against the Chiefs, and he was helping to keep the Broncos in the game. A helmet-to-helmet hit with just two minutes remaining in the first half left Lindsay dazed and groggy.
The Broncos have had their top two running backs on the field together for less than one total game this season, and this has forced too much pressure on Lock. Lindsay just made his return to the lineup in this game after missing three weeks with a toe injury.
Lindsay carried the Broncos with 101 yards on 23 carries in the win over the New England Patriots a week ago. Even with the return of Gordon on Sunday, Lindsay got the start and was the featured running back until the injury.
The running back will now enter the league’s concussion protocol and be held out of practice until he is cleared by team doctors.
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