Broncos vs. Chiefs Open Thread/Live Blog | Week 7

MHH Staff

The time has come. With the Kansas City Chiefs rolling into town, the Denver Broncos will be served the ultimate litmus test. 

It might be counter-intuitive considering the Broncos' nine-game losing streak to the Chiefs but the results of Week 7's AFC West throwdown will reveal just how far Denver has come and how close this team is to competing. 

As the reigning World Champs, the Chiefs are the juggernaut. It'll take an inspired performance in order to keep this game close enough for Drew Lock and company to be within striking distance of a win in the fourth quarter. 

It can be done, though. Chiefs aren't invincible or infallible. Meanwhile, the Broncos are as healthy as they'll get this year, with five injured studs having returned to the lineup over the last two weeks. 

It's going to be a fun game to watch. 

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What to Watch For

• RB Melvin Gordon needs 82 receiving yards to reach 2,000 receiving yards in his career.

• S Kareem Jackson needs one pass defensed to become the 13th player (9th active) since he entered the league in 2010 to record 100 passes defensed.

• Jerry Jeudy needs 34 yards to become the second Broncos rookie WR to reach 300 receiving yards by his sixth game (Eddie Royal - 2008, 392 yds.). 

• K Brandon McManus needs 21 points to pass Matt Prater (2007-13) for the third-most points (682) in franchise history.

• CB Michael Ojemudia needs one forced fumble to become the ninth rookie cornerback to force three fumbles in a single season. 

 • WR Tim Patrick needs 100 yards receiving to match Rod Smith (200) for the longest consecutive streak of 100-yard receiving efforts by an undrafted Broncos pass catcher in team annals and 100 receiving yards to record the longest consecutive stretch with 100 yards receiving by a Bronco since Demaryius Thomas (7 games; 2014). 

Inactives

Dalton Risner is active for the Broncos, which likely means he's starting at left guard. 

First Quarter

Broncos receive. 

Phillip Lindsay loses one yard on the opening play from scrimmage with Willie Gay making a nice play. 

On 2nd-&-11 , Jerry Jeudy jumps off-sides. 

Lock throws to Noah Fant on 2nd-&-16 for a 3-yard gain. 

On third-and-long, Lock has to throw it away. Punt. 

On first down, it's a reverse to Mecole Hardman for a 13-yard gain. 

On 2nd-&-10, after Shelby Harris pressures Mahomes to force a throw-away, Mahomes hits Hardman for a 19-yard gain. 

On the ensuing play, the Broncos miss four tackles on Clyde Edwards-Helaire and romps in for an 11-yard touchdown. The extra point is good. 

Chiefs cut through the Broncos' defense like a hot knife through butter, covering 68 yards in eight plays. Vic Fangio still doesn't have Mahomes and Andy Reid figured out. 

Chiefs 7, Broncos 0

Broncos go three-and-out again. Punt. 

Nick Keizer is hit by Alexander Johnson, fumbles. Recovered by Bryce Callahan. 

Lock hits Tim Patrick for 27-yard gain. It's a questionable catch but the Broncos are smart enough to get the ball snapped before Chiefs can challenge it. 

On 3rd-&-Goal from the Chiefs' 2-yard line, the Broncos call timeout to think about it. The play-call is a fake hand-off up the gut, with Lock keeping it and beating his man to the pylon. Touchdown. 

Brandon McManus, after earning AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for two consecutive games, misses the extra point. 

Chiefs 7, Broncos 6

On 1st-&-10, LeVeon Bell picks up 17 yards. 

Mahomes hits Hardman for a 38-yard gain, setting up the Chiefs at the Broncos' 20-yard line. Michael Ojemudia in coverage. 

On 3rd-&-4, Bradley Chubb gets a free rush and sacks Mahomes. Harrison Butker hits the 40-yard field goal. Chiefs extend their lead. 

Chiefs 10, Broncos 6

On 1st-&-10, Lindsay picks up 14 yards with Jeremy Cox lead-blocking as the fullback. 

On 2nd-&-10, Melvin Gordon picks up seven yards but right tackle Demar Dotson penalized for holding. 

On 2nd-&-20, Lock hits Gordon for a 2-yard gain. 

On 3rd-&-18, Lock dumps it off to Gordon, who picks up 14 yards but fumbles. Tyrann Mathieu recovers at midfield. Mahomes is in business. 

On 1st-&-10, Mahomes looks for the dagger, targeting Tyreek Hill deep. Incomplete.

End of first quarter

Chiefs 10, Broncos 6

Second Quarter

Dre'Mont Jones sacks Mahomes on third down. Chiefs forced to punt. 

Tommy Townsend's 57-yard is downed on the Broncos' 1-yard line. 

Lock runs the sneak on first down, picking up two yards. 

Gordon picks up six yards on second down. 

On 3rd-&-2 out of the gun, Lock hits Jeudy, who makes a man miss, picking up seven yards and moving the chains. 

Lock goes deep to Jeudy, who stops in the middle of the field, way incomplete. 

On 2nd-&-10, Lindsay picks up 20 yards on a great, well-blocked play with great vision by the runner. 

Lindsay picks up nine yards on the ensuing first down. 

Gordon moves the chains on second down, picking up four yards. 

Lock sacked on first down, a total coverage sack. Brings up 2nd-&-13.

Lock hit as he throws, picked off by Daniel Sorensen who returns it 50 yards to the house. Chiefs extend lead. 

Chiefs 17, Broncos 6

On first down, Lindsay picks up 19 yards again. Lindsay picks up six yards on the ensuing first down, bringing up 2nd-&-4. 

Lock hits Nick Vannett for a 19-yard gain, moving well into Chiefs' territory. 

Gordon gets nothing on first down. 

Lock hits Albert Okwuegbunam on second down, who stretches for a 6-yard gain. 

On 3rd-&-4, Lock throws way off-target to Fant. Incomplete. 

McManus hits the 43-yard field goal in the wind. 

Chiefs 17, Broncos 9

Byron Pringle returns the ensuing kickoff 102 yards to the house. 

Chiefs 24, Broncos 9

On 3rd-&-4, Lock's throw is tipped and falls incomplete. It's the third three-and-out. Punt. It's mercifully fair-caught. 

Clyde-Helaire Picks up 27 yards on first down with a monster wide-open hole. Are Broncos shutting down emotionally? 

Chubb shaken up on the play. 

On 3rd-&-5 from the Broncos' 45-yard line, Chubb gets pressure and Mahomes fires incomplete. Chiefs to punt. 

Lindsay picks up five yards on first down but is shaken up on a huge helmet-to-helmet hit by Sorenson. 

Gordon picks up 10 yards on second down. 

Lock sacked on first down. 

Lock hits Okwuegbunam for a 17-yard gain on 2nd-&-18. 

Gordon moves the chains, picks up eight yards. 

Lock hits DaeSean Hamilton for a 13-yard gain on first down. A flag falls. Penalty on Chiefs for defensive holding. Declined. 

Lock misses the pressure off the right side and is sacked. Looked like a miscue on the protection. 

On fourth down with time running out, Lock hits KJ Hamler for 21-yard gain. It's not enough. End of quarter. 

Chiefs 24, Broncos 9

Third Quarter

Malik Reed sacks Mahomes on first down. 

On 3rd-&-19, Mahomes hits Hill for 15-yard gain. Not enough. Punt. 

Phillip Lindsay ruled out with a concussion. He finishes with 79 yards on nine carries. 

Broncos trying to get it going on the ground with Gordon. 

On 1st-&-10, Pat Shurmur gets cute, runs a flea-flicker. Gordon, however, pitches back the ball way over Lock's head. Fumble recovered by Chiefs' Frank Clark. 

Broncos defense holds. Butker connects to extend Chiefs' lead. 

Chiefs 27, Broncos 9

Broncos get 11 yards on two hand-offs to Gordon on first and second down. 

On 3rd-&-9, Lock hits Jeudy, who makes a nice move short of the sticks to pick up the first down. 

On 1st-&-10, Broncos penalized for 12 men in the huddle. Move the ball back five yards. 

On 3rd-&-5, Lock throws high and off Gordon's out-stretch hands. Incomplete. 

With the ball on Kansas City 45-yard line, the Broncos shockingly opt to go for it on 4th-&-5. The pass goes quickly to Hamler on the left sideline, but he's tackled short of the sticks at the Chiefs' 42-yard line. Turnover on downs. 

Chiefs moving the ball. 

But on 3rd-&-3, Fangio sends pressure and Mahomes fires for the end zone incomplete. Field goal is good. 

Chiefs 30, Broncos 9

Broncos moving the ball to end the third quarter. Gordon stuffed for no gain on 2nd-&-4. 

End of third quarter. 

Fourth Quarter

On 3rd-&-4, Lock throws the slant to Hamler, who bobbles it up into the air and into the hands of Mathieu. Interception. 

Chiefs in business to extend their lead with more points. 

On 2nd-&-10 from the 10-yard line, Mahomes hits Hill on a shallow crosser with one man to beat — Justin Simmons — who misses the tackle. Hill waltzes in for the touchdown. Extra point is good. 

Chiefs 37, Broncos 9

Broncos go 75 yards on nine plays, punctuate drive with a Gordon 3-yard touchdown plunge. 

Chiefs 37, Broncos 16

Broncos try an on-sides kick, it fails miserably and Demarcus Robinson returns it 21 yards to the Denver 21-yard line. 

Chad Henne replaces Mahomes at quarterback. 

Broncos get a stop but Shelby Harris gets flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. 

Two plays later, Henne runs it in for six. Touchdown. Chiefs extend blowout.

Chiefs 43, Broncos 16

Lock gets to run a two-minute offense. Or maybe the Broncos just kneel on it. 

An ugly final series and the Broncos give up the ghost with Lock firing way incomplete on 4th-&-10. 

Chiefs will kneel it out. 

End of game. Broncos still way off from competing for anything meaningful in the NFL. 

Chiefs 43, Broncos 16

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Comments (46)
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CarlDumler
CarlDumler

Biggest game since 2015 in my opinion.

Nick Kendell
Nick Kendell

Editor

Just give me a close game baby

Nick Kendell
Nick Kendell

Editor

Noah Fant 100 yard game today let’s make it happen

Nick Kendell
Nick Kendell

Editor

Welp back go back bad plays

CarlDumler
CarlDumler

Not how you want to start

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Lock has to stand tall there. Pocket was good.

Nick Kendell
Nick Kendell

Editor

3 and out to start. Sigh

Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

Man, Jeudy's jump crushed that opening drive. This offense isn't consistent enough to overcome an early play that puts them behind the sticks.

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

How did that ball get to Kelce?

Nick Kendell
Nick Kendell

Editor

All the presnap motion with speed the chiefs use >>>>

Luke  Patterson
Luke Patterson

What’s worse, the field conditions or Trent Green on the telecast?

Nick Kendell
Nick Kendell

Editor

Unblocked Demarcus Walker. Gotta finish

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

That's a hell of a catch by Hardman

Erick   Trickel
Erick Trickel

Editor

Dre'Mont Jones getting completely turned around on the TD run and Simmons sitting by letting CEH breakthrough multiple defenders. Gang tackle. Reed also getting manhandled by Remmers

Nick Kendell
Nick Kendell

Editor

Embarrassing tackling there but CEH is built like a fire hydrant.

Also a measuring stick game. Long ways to go. But holy shit what a difference lol

3 and out with negative yards gained
vs
Easy move the ball for a TD

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Albert O on the field. Gotta know it's a pass.

Nick Kendell
Nick Kendell

Editor

Welp this could get ugly REAL quick

Nick Kendell
Nick Kendell

Editor

AND JUST LIKE THAT BABY

Nick Kendell
Nick Kendell

Editor

What a throw!

Nick Kendell
Nick Kendell

Editor

Good job getting to LOS

Nick Kendell
Nick Kendell

Editor

Gotta go for a TD imo.

Nick Kendell
Nick Kendell

Editor

Needed that TD but McManus come on! Especially after last week! Wow!

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Pre-snap motion. Almost like Erick and I called that a couple weeks ago lol

CarlDumler
CarlDumler

Maybe the most timely fumble the Broncos have had in a long time. Great work there by the offense then to capitalize.

CarlDumler
CarlDumler

Nice work by Reed on the run play but they did what I thought they would then run play action with him getting trapped inside.

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Speed on the crossing routes. Can't let Mahomes escape

Nick Kendell
Nick Kendell

Editor

Chiefs just have too much speed

CarlDumler
CarlDumler

Chubb! The next Bronco super star!

Luke  Patterson
Luke Patterson

Love the style of D!

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Lock got lucky there

Luke  Patterson
Luke Patterson

What can be said about MGIII that hasn’t Already been said. Feed Phil.

CarlDumler
CarlDumler

Dre'Mont!! So good to see this team getting pressure without blitzing.

Nick Kendell
Nick Kendell

Editor

MISSED YOU DRE’MONT

Nick Kendell
Nick Kendell

Editor

Wow what a punt. Perfect ratio of luck and skill

Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

Why, Pat Shurmur? Why?!!! You had momentum on the ground! Why are you going empty on second down?

CarlDumler
CarlDumler

This is why you keep a RB in the backfield. Make them believe the threat of the run could happen. Keeps them from being able to pin their ears back and do whatever they want on defense.

Mr. Castillo
Mr. Castillo

Luck just doesn't know how to go through his progressions and hit the open man and trust the pocket

Nick Kendell
Nick Kendell

Editor

Fant kinda pulled up lame there

Erick   Trickel
Erick Trickel

Editor

Reed with the sack against the TE. Remmers has been shutting him down all first half.

Luke  Patterson
Luke Patterson

Pat Shurmur is awful

Luke  Patterson
Luke Patterson

Broncos beat themselves over and over.

Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

The Broncos proved that the Chiefs are living in their head rent-free still. Picked the most important game of the season to play their worst ball. Defense kept this game in-play if the offense doesn't turn it over four times and special teams doesn't allow a 102-yard kick return for a touchdown. 2-4 but not the end of the world.

CUBuffinTX
CUBuffinTX

Pat Shurmer should be fired. This is some of the worst playing calling I have seen in quite sometime. There is absolutely no flow to what he does. Enough of the mad bomber BS already you have a young QB, RUN THE DAMN BALL. Shurmer is going to get Fangio fired, and considering the goal is to get Lock to the next level of play maybe that's not a bad thing.


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