The Denver Broncos (3-3), led by quarterback Trevor Siemian, met the Kansas City Chiefs (5-2), led by quarterback Alex Smith, in an AFC West matchup in NFL Week 8 on Monday, October 30, 2017 (10/30/17) at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Here’s the AP recap:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Denver’s defense could be forgiven for harboring animosity toward its offense these days.
The league’s best unit did just about everything it could to keep the Kansas City Chiefs’ dynamic offense in check Monday night, and the result was a tight game into the fourth quarter. But it could not overcome the sheer ineptitude of the Broncos’ offense in a 29-19 defeat — their third straight.
Five turnovers. Three sacks. A whole bunch of ugly plays.
“Our defense played winning football,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said. “Our offensive line blocked. We ran the ball for 177 and the pass protection was better, but it all falls back to turning the ball over five times. That’s insane. You can’t win when you turn the ball over five times.”
The Broncos (3-4) only surrendered 276 yards to the NFL’s third-rated offense. They held rookie sensation Kareem Hunt, the league’s rushing leader, to 46 yards on 22 carries. They even managed to force a pair of turnovers against a team that hadn’t turned it over since its first offensive play of the season.
That was just the start of it, too.
They held the Chiefs (6-2) to two third-down conversions. They held Alex Smith, in the midst of a breakout season, to 14 of 31 for 202 yards and a touchdown. They even held speedster Tyreek Hill, who burned them so often last year, to two catches for 38 yards on Monday night.
“It’s the Broncos, so we knew it was going to be a physically demanding game all the way to the end of the fourth quarter,” Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said. “That’s what it was, sure enough.”
Again, thanks to the defense. They held the Chiefs to three first downs, 77 yards of total offense and a barrage of field goals over the final two quarters.
“They’re a good unit. A really good unit,” Smith said.
Just not good enough to make up for the offense.
Trevor Siemian tossed three interceptions, completing 19 of 36 passes for 198 yards and a late, almost meaningless score. At one point he had completed more passes to the Chiefs than his own players, and he was sacked three times to add injury — or at least some aches and pains — to insult.
“Turn it over five times and you’re still in the game with a team like Kansas City. I mean, that’s kind of unbelievable,” Siemian said. “It’s just tough when you’re playing two teams. You can’t play the Denver Broncos and play another team. Too many mistakes by me.”
Joseph said he didn’t consider going to backup Brock Osweiler at halftime, insisting Siemian had earned the right to run the show. But the first-year coach also sidestepped a question about whether a quarterback change is necessary going forward, especially with Paxton Lynch practicing again.
“I’m going to watch the film tonight and tomorrow,” Joseph said.
Siemian wasn’t the only one making mistakes, though.
The run game, which was so good during the Broncos’ hot start, mostly floundered until C.J. Anderson got loose for some big gains down the stretch. And longtime Chiefs star Jamaal Charles, back at Arrowhead Stadium for the first time as a visitor, coughed the ball up in the first quarter.
The Chiefs’ Marcus Peters picked it up and ran 45 yards for the game’s opening score.
“Every game looks the same if you give the football away,” Joseph said. “We have a good football team. We have a great defense. If we don’t give the ball away, we can beat anybody in the league.”
“But right now,” he added, “we’re giving games away. All four losses are the same.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
When: Monday, Oct. 30, 2017
Time: 8:30 p.m. Eastern
Line: Chiefs -7.5
Broncos notes: QB TREVOR SIEMIAN has passed for 551 yards (275.5 per game) with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT in 2 career starts vs. KC. Has 8 pass TDs vs. 4 INTs in past 6 vs. division. * RB C.J. ANDERSON has 214 scrimmage yards (107 per game) with TD catch in past 2 at KC. RB JAMAAL CHARLES rushed for franchise-record 7,260 yards in 9 seasons with KC (2008-16). Has 525 scrimmage yards (87.5 per game) with 8 TDs (5 rec., 3 rush) in past 6 on road vs. division. RB DEVONTAE BOOKER has 172 scrimmage yards (86 per game) in past 2 meetings. * WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS has 100+ rec. yards or TD catch in 4 of past 5 road meetings. Since 2012, is 1 of 2 in NFL (ANTONIO BROWN) with 500+ catches (522), 7,000+ rec. yards (7,259) & 45+ rec. TDs (46). WR EMMANUEL SANDERS has 3 TD catches in past 4 meetings. TE A.J. DERBY had team-high 6 catches last week. * LB VON MILLER had 2 sacks last week. Has 18 multisack games since entering league in 2011, 4th most in NFL. Has 7 sacks in past 5. Aims for 6th in row with 1+ sack. Leads NFL with 80.5 sacks since 2011. Has 8 sacks in past 6 vs. KC. DT DOMATA PEKO had sack in Week 7. Had 2 sacks in last meeting (10/4/15 with Cin.). LB TODD DAVIS has 9+ tackles in 3 of past 4. Had 13 tackles & FF in last meeting. S JUSTIN SIMMONS had INT & 2 PD in last game vs. KC. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had FF in last game vs. KC. CB BRADLEY ROBY leads team with 8 PD.
Chiefs notes: QB ALEX SMITH passed for 342 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.3 rating last week. Has 3 games with 300+ pass yards, 3+ TDs & 0 INTs in 2017, tied for most in NFL history by player in team’s 1st 7 games. Is 1 of 2 QBs (MILT PLUM) in NFL history with 1+ TD pass & 0 INTs in each of team’s 1st 7 games of season. Leads NFL with 72.4 comp. pct. (165 of 228) & 120.5 rating. Aims for 4th in row vs. division with 110+ rating. * RB KAREEM HUNT (rookie) had 117 scrimmage yards (87 rush, 30 rec.) in Week 7. Is only rookie in NFL history with 100+ scrimmage yards in each of team’s 1st 7 games. Leads NFL with 717 rush yards & 1,002 scrimmage yards. Is 1 of 2 rookies (HOFer ERIC DICKERSON) in NFL history with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in team’s 1st 7 games. * WR TYREEK HILL had 125 rec. yards, incl. 64-yard TD catch, last week. Has 2 career games with 100+ rec. yards. Rushed for 95 yards, incl. 70-yard TD, in last meeting. In 2 career meetings, has 4 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec., 1 KR-TD). TE TRAVIS KELCE had TD catch in Week 7. Had careerhigh 11 catches & 160 rec. yards, incl. 80-yard TD, in last meeting. Aims for 3rd meeting in row with 100+ rec. yards. WR ALBERT WILSON had 63-yard TD catch last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with TD catch. * LB JUSTIN HOUSTON had 3 sacks in last meeting. Has 8 sacks, 4 PD & 2 FFs in past 4 meetings. CB TERRANCE MITCHELL ties for 4th in NFL with 10 PD. S DANIEL SORENSEN aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. — NFL Communications
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