The Denver Broncos fell to 3-5 after getting steamrolled by the Kansas City Chiefs for two quarters during their 30-23 loss on Sunday. They just can’t find a way to beat good teams, it seems and with eight games left in the season things are now looking bleak in the Mile High City.
The loss did little to shake the Broncos power rankings around the web as they hold strong in the low 20s, but they are slowly edging towards the very bottom. If they lose this week to the Houston Texans, we could see the wheels come off pretty quickly.
Here is where they rank for Week 9.
The Broncos lost to the Chiefs, but at least they were competitive and now they’re also done with the AFC’s best team for the rest of the year (unless Denver surprisingly makes the playoffs).
The Broncos have been right there at times with the league’s elite, losing three games to the Chiefs (twice) and Rams by a combined 13 points. But they continue to hurt themselves with penalties, turnovers, assignment errors and stubbornness on offense. The Broncos profess to be better than their record, but the more they get beat because of their own mistakes, the more difficult it is for anyone to believe that.
If trading Demaryius Thomas this week means giving Courtland Sutton more playing time and snaps, then that’s what Denver needs to do. Sutton is going to be really good.
Trick — we’ve harped on Case Keenum, who’s thrown an INT in every game. But Denver hadn’t lost a fumble ... until Keenum coughed one up Sunday.
Vance Joseph’s temporary reprieve that came with the stomping of the Cardinals in Arizona dried up in Kansas City. Case Keenum had a few more issues, but there’s no alternative now. On the bright side, more of rookies Phillip Lindsay and Courtland Sutton, please.