Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (l) pulls away from Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (25) during a 57-yard touchdown catch in the Chiefs 30-6 Thursday night at Empower Field at Mile High. (Photo: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Thursday night, the Denver Broncos offense struggled. Really struggled.
After a terrific drive to start the game, the Broncos offense disappeared in a 30-6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night at Empower Field at Mile High.
The Broncos went 75 yards in 10 plays and took 5:54 and took a 6-0 lead after Royce Freeman's one-yard touchdown run with 9:12 left in the first quarter.
After that, the Broncos offense was a complete no-show. Outside of the 75 yards on the opening drive and a 41-yard pass from Joe Flacco to Courtland Sutton in the second half, the Broncos offense could muster a paltry 89 yards of total offense, 205 yards in the entire game.
The Broncos had no answer for the Chiefs defense all night long. Kansas City piled up nine sacks and held the Broncos to 71 yards rushing on 21 attempts, an average of only 3.4 yards per carry.
It all added up to a miserable performance, one that leaves many more questions that answers.
"We've got to take a close look at it," head coach Vic Fangio told KOA Voice of the Broncos Dave Logan after the game. "One thing is for sure, it's at all levels of the pass offense where we're failing."
The Chiefs were able to cruise to the win despite losing star quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a knee injury in the first half. He did not return to the game.
The Broncos are off until Sunday, October 27 when they play at the Indianapolis Colts. Coverage of that game will start at 7 a.m. MDT on KOA 850 AM and 94.1 FM.
Check out KOA postgame interviews with (in order) Coach Fangio, QB Joe Flacco, WR Emmanuel Sanders and LB Malik Reed.