The Denver Broncos have a problem on offense and his name is Trevor Siemian. He helped the team to three critical turnovers and posted one of the worst games of his career en route to a 29-19 blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The loss drops the Broncos to 3-4 on the season and likely out of the playoff hunt with the way their offense is playing. The Chiefs, however, are back in the saddle and in full control of the AFC West at 6-2.
The first quarter went exactly the way the Broncos had hoped it would not go. A fumble recovery for a touchdown and a deep pass to a wide open Travis Kelce to open up a two-touchdown lead.
Fortunately, Darian Stewart would come up with a red zone interception to stop third scoring opportunity in the quarter. Still, the Broncos were on the ropes early in this game.
The Broncos defense started to get some turnovers, but the Broncos offense couldn’t do much of anything with them. With multiple red zone stops to their credit, including two turnovers, the Broncos defense is doing its job.
Strip-sack Barrett. #DENvsKC pic.twitter.com/OWGMLVCJTM— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) October 31, 2017
Instead, the two teams would trade field goals with the Chiefs getting the ball to start the second half.
Entering the second half, we began to wonder when the Siemian era was going to come to an end. However, the Broncos defense gave up just 20 yards and one first down to the Chiefs in the third quarter.
Meanwhile, the Broncos offense started to move the football and putting up points. By the time the third quarter came to an end after a five yard touchdown run from Devontae Booker, the Broncos were within one score.
Much needed TD from Denver. pic.twitter.com/kAH16VpSxd— Jeffrey Essary (@JeffreyEssary) October 31, 2017
The Chiefs came out and got their offense moving finally in the second half, but ended up having to settle for a field goal. That put them back up by two scores.
On the other side, the Broncos faced a third and four near midfield coming out of a timeout. Siemian would double clutch his first read then do what can only be described as a panic run before throwing the ball away. On fourth down, with the game on the line, Siemian would throw it to rookie Isaiah McKenzie instead of one of his star players for an incomplete pass.
Jon Gruden would say the Chiefs defender would read Siemian’s eyes the entire way and it sure looked that way.
Jon Gruden: "Zone defense and he read the quarterback's eyes all the way."— L.Lattimore-Volkmann (@docllv) October 31, 2017
This is a problem, coach.
That was the closest the Broncos would get in this game as Siemian reverted to his first half self to put the game away for the Chiefs.