The Denver Broncos needed a big third down conversion from Trevor Siemian and he burned a breaking Kansas City Chiefs defender looking for the pick six, but the ball got by to a wide open Virgil Green to get them down to the Chiefs nine yard line.
The drive would predictably stall from there and the Broncos would settle for a Brandon McManus field goal.
Chiefs 14, Broncos 3.
The Chiefs promptly went three and out as the Broncos defense found a little more gas in their tank with the Broncos offense moving the ball finally.
Siemian and the Broncos offense used up all their gas on the previous drive, however, as they would also go a quick three and out.
A poor punt from Riley Dixon would set the Chiefs up with excellent field position near midfield.
That was an unimpressive 37 yard punt.— Christopher Hart (@topherhart) October 31, 2017
Aqib Talib got beaten by Tyreek Hill on a deep cross two plays into the Chiefs next drive for a big gain and another red zone opportunity for the Kansas City. On the next play, Kareem Hunt would run 10 yards to setup a first and goal opportunity at the Broncos seven yard line.
After a five yard run from Smith, Hunt would get corralled in the backfield for a five yard loss to setup a third and goal from the seven yard line. Smith would overthrow Ross Travis in the back of the endzone that was well covered by the Broncos.
Harrison Butker would kick the field goal to extend the lead back to 14 for Kansas City.
Chiefs 17, Broncos 3.
Two Chiefs red-zone drives have resulted in just three points tonight.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) October 31, 2017
On first down, the Broncos are in throw-only mode already. Siemian, with a clean pocket, stared down his first read and then threw off his back foot for a predictable incompletion.
They called a run on second down, surprisingly, and Anderson would rip off five yards to setup a manageable third down. Well, manageable for most NFL quarterbacks. Siemian would roll outside and chuck it down field for a jump ball that was intercepted.
@ghost_0836 intercepts the pass!#ChiefsKingdom #DENvsKC pic.twitter.com/lnlhwOkbRs— NFL (@NFL) October 31, 2017
The play was especially bad considering he had broken containment and had 15 yards of open space of running room in front of him before chucking it on a wing and prayer.
The big question on everyone’s minds is whether or not Siemian’s 6.9 passer rating would be enough to get him benched.
On the Chiefs next drive, Smith nearly gets sacked by Von Miller but breaks through the middle of the defense for a huge run to get them into field goal range with just under two minutes to go in the half.
Shaquil Barrett blows up the drive with a strip-sack on Smith with Domata Peko recovering the fumble to end the Chiefs scoring opportunity.
Siemian remained in the game at this point and after a quick pass to Demaryius Thomas on first down, threw off his back foot again to Bennie Fowler that was very inaccurate.
On third and two, Siemian would hesitate on his first read and that was all the time he was going to get. After rolling out, he would get chased down and sacked by Justin Houston to end the Broncos drive in a three and out and an end of the first half.
"If only the defense would get more turnovers for the offense."— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) October 31, 2017
Three and out.