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Dear Broncos - WTF was that?

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Because it wasn’t football.

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Dear Broncos -

What the f*** was that?

No seriously, what was that?

Because it couldn’t have been football. At least not “modern-day-NFL, everybody’s good” kind of football.

No. No that was definitely something beside football.

It was hot garbage.

Facing a team that to this point had only amassed four sacks in six games, you allowed six different Chiefs’ defenders to get nine sacks - eight on Joe Flacco and one on Colby Wadman.

NINE!!!! I mean, that’s some rec-level bullsh*t right there.

Ranking 24th in sacks and 26th in QB hits, the Chiefs defense created pressure on 31 percent of Flacco’s dropbacks, according to Next Gen Stats. And seven players forced at least two QB disruptions.

And of all the ways to lose, you let the 31st-ranked run defense - a defense that allowed an average of 7 yards per carry on first-down runs - hold you to 71 total rushing yards, an average of 3.5 yards per carry.

The last two teams to beat the Chiefs ran roughshod over that defense, including Carlos Hyde who knocked off 119 yards against the Chiefs last week. By himself.

You should be ashamed of yourselves.

“We just didn’t execute, that’s just it,” Courtand Sutton said. “You all watched the same game that we watched. We just didn’t exe-”

Wait, what did you just say?

“The same game we all watched???” You’re supposed to be playing, not watching! Perhaps this is the problem!?

But I will cut you a little slack, Courtland, because you were ballin’ out there, catching six passes for 87 yards and often in clutch situations. The offense, however, couldn’t do a single thing beyond the first touchdown drive, converting just one of 13 third downs - which by the way, were almost always third-and-long.

But defense - you’re not off the hook, either.

Even though you had to defend a very short field on two early Chiefs possessions - in which they scored only three points on each foray into the red zone - you still let a Mahomes-less team get the best of you.

The Chiefs offense was down a starting quarterback, starting guard, starting tackle, starting wide receiver - and they still scored 30 points on you (20 of them with the backup in play).

So the question, Broncos, is what are you going to do about this?

I don’t want to hear, “We’ve just got to pull together,” or “there’s still a lot of ball left,” or “just keep pounding” or ... or any of that nonsense. I mean, sure, good, go for it. Whatever.

But if you’re serious about playing on this team and for this crowd, then get your mind right. You say it’s execution, so freaking execute.

Like Shelby Harris said, “You better be able to nut up and play next week.”

With nine more games, a winning season is still technically and mathematically possible.

But one more game like Thursday night, and maybe you will be better off watching instead.

Sincerely,

Broncos Country

Broncos-Chiefs Tracks (but don’t read these...they’ll depress you)

Six winners and three losers from the Chiefs’ 30-6 win over the Broncos| Arrowhead Pride
The Chiefs showed resilience in a game where they faced adversity; there were definitely more winners than losers.

Final score: Matt Moore’s Kansas City Chiefs beat Denver Broncos, 30-6| Arrowhead Pride
The Chiefs found a way to beat the Broncos despite losing Patrick Mahomes midway through the second quarter.

Chiefs-Broncos Instabreakdown: Patrick Mahomes’ injury overshadows win - Arrowhead Pride
The Chiefs defense showed some fight — but Mahomes’ injury overshadowed the rest

Broncos stumble in prime-time showdown, fall 30-6 to Chiefs
The Broncos fell behind 20-6 at halftime and weren't able to fight their way back.

What we learned from Chiefs' victory over Broncos - NFL.com
On a bittersweet evening, the Kansas City Chiefs (5-2) survived a knee injury to Patrick Mahomes to trounce the division-rival Denver Broncos (2-5), 30-6, on "Thursday Night Football" to kick off Week 7.

Kiszla: Broncos need to send John Elway to showers and hire Peyton Manning as director of football operations – The Denver Post
The obvious answer to what ails the lost-and-inept Broncos could be found, front and center on the Denver sideline, a little more than 30 minutes before a deflating and humiliating 30-6 loss to Kansas City.

Broncos' offensive line manhandled by Kansas City as Chiefs rack up nine sacks
All week long, the national narrative was that the Chiefs' defensive front was soft, and ripe to be pushed around.

Broncos' offensive line manhandled by Kansas City as Chiefs rack up nine sacks
All week long, the national narrative was that the Chiefs' defensive front was soft, and ripe to be pushed around.

Not ready for primetime: Broncos embarrassed at home by Chiefs, who lose Mahomes to injury | 9news.com
Denver QB Joe Flacco sacked eight times in 30-6 loss, with one resulting in Chiefs touchdown.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes suffers patella dislocation - NFL.com
Patrick Mahomes suffered a patella dislocation during the second quarter of Thursday night's game against the Broncos. The Chiefs quickly ruled him out for the game. Mahomes will get an MRI on Friday.

Chargers LT Russell Okung could return this week - NFL.com
Los Angeles Chargers left tackle Russell Okung says he'll be back to football as early as Week 7. He suffered a pulmonary embolism due to blood clots over the summer.

ATN: Chiefs vs. Broncos Thursday Night Recap - NFL.com
Chris Wesseling and Gregg Rosenthal recap the "Thursday Night Football" game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos from Wessylvania!