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Broncos fought hard coming up short in 34-28 loss to Chiefs

The Denver Broncos avoided being embarrassed at home to the Kansas City Chiefs and came close to winning the game.

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The Denver Broncos showed some life on offense after falling down 27-0 in the first half. They fought hard and looked like they could come up with an improbable win over the Kansas City Chiefs, but Russell Wilson went down with a concussion on a run inside the five yard line. They would score a touchdown, but it would be their last and they would fall 34-28 to the Chiefs in this game.

In-Game Updates

12:30 PM: The Broncos will be without three starters on offense in this game as Andrew Beck, Courtland Sutton, and Dalton Risner were all inactive for this game with injuries. The team did activate tight end Albert Okwuegbunam for the first time in two months. For the Chiefs, they will be without wide receiver Kadarius Toney.

2:13 PM: The Chiefs opened up their first possession driving right down the field in four plays, but the Broncos defense stiffened from there to force a field goal. It looks like a fairly empty stadium too today.

2:31 PM: Denver did cross midfield on their first possession, but quickly went backwards and punted from there. The Chiefs turned their second drive into more points after Travis Kelce was left wide open in the middle of the field. That would lead to another score to put Kansas City up 6-0 late in the first quarter. Full first quarter recap.

2:43 PM: Patrick Mahomes opened up the second quarter with 56-yard touchdown pass to blow the game wide open. Chiefs 13, Broncos 0.

3:08 PM: After a quick three and out by the Broncos, they gave the ball right back to the Chiefs who methodically drove down the field for a 12-play, 76 yard scoring drive to put them up 20-0 over the Broncos midway through the second quarter.

3:29 PM: Russell Wilson threw a pick-six and then followed up with a three and out, but Josey Jewell made a big play to intercept Mahomes late in the first half. Wilson would turn that into a beautiful touchdown pass to Jerry Jeudy to put the Broncos on the board, down 27-7.

3:40 PM: Pat Surtain intercepted Mahomes to get Denver the ball back with just over a minute to go and Russell Wilson used his legs to scrambled twice for big gains before firing a touchdown pass to Jerry Jeudy with 9 seconds left to cut the Chiefs lead to 27-14 at halftime. Full second quarter recap.

4:02 PM: Denver opened up their third quarter possession with a 66-yard touchdown screen pass to Marlon Mack to blow the game wide open! Broncos now down 27-21, but with momentum.

4:32 PM: Momentum began to slip away from the Broncos midway through the third quarter as Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs put together a decisive drive late to go back up 34-21 over Denver as the third quarter came to an end. Full third quarter recap.

4:47 PM: Russell Wilson was knocked out of the game on a third down run inside the five yard line. It looks very concussion-like for him, but no word yet. Brett Rypien came in and converted the drive into a touchdown on a pass to Jerry Jeudy. Jeudy’s third touchdown of the game. Broncos down 34-28.

5:08 PM: After the Broncos and Chiefs traded interceptions, the Broncos defense needs one more stop to get Brett Rypien and the offense one more chance to win this game.

5:15 PM: The Chiefs were able to convert first downs to close out the 34-28 win over the Broncos, but Denver fought hard and perhaps this game is a turning point for them.

Game Preview

The Denver Broncos have lost 13-straight games to their AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs. Their last win was in Week 2 of the 2015 season. That’s how long it has been since Denver has tasted victory against their opponent today. Some of the players on this roster were just barely in high school back then.

Will they break this streak today? Unlikely. The Broncos offense could be the least efficient offense the franchise has seen since the early 1970s. Being December, it is doubtful we see a sudden turnaround either, which means the defense has to generate points somehow. And against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, that is a tall ask.

Kickoff is set for 2:05 p.m. Mile High time on Sunday, December 11, 2022 at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. You can watch the live stream of the game through FuboTV or on CBS.

My Prediction

In partnership with DraftKings Sportsbook, I am covering all my picks this year on TallySight. The Broncos are heavy home underdogs to the Chiefs in this game and there are reports that the stadium will be more red than orange in this game. I have a feeling the wheels are close to coming off completely for this team, so I took the Chiefs and the points here in this one.

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