(CTN News) – Due to the best throw Russell Wilson made all night, the Denver Broncos had a chance against the Kansas City Chiefs.
There were very few good ones on either side of it.
On Thursday night, Russell Wilson completed 13 of 22 passes for 95 yards with a touchdown pass to Courtland Sutton and two interceptions, and his inability to keep the Denver offense on the field resulted in a 19-8 defeat.
The quarterback was sacked four times, missed too many open targets, and looked much more like he did last season than in the early stages of this campaign.
Wilson entered the game completing 66.9% of his passes for 1,210 yards with 11 touchdown passes and just two interceptions, and his efficiency was one of the only things Denver could point to as progress under new coach Sean Payton.
Certainly, the team was unable to put forth its last-ranked defense, which has been equally unproductive both on the ground and in the air.
Despite this, it was the defense that kept Denver from succumbing to the Chiefs, forcing them to settle for four field goals.
During one Kansas City drive, Justin Simmons intercepted a pass near the goal line, and the defense stopped a faked field-goal attempt a second time, ultimately limiting Patrick Mahomes and his teammates to a single touchdown.
It was Harrison Butker’s four field goals, including a 60-yarder with 1:55 left in the first half and a 52-yarder with 1:55 left in the game that ultimately led to the Chiefs (5-1) handing the Broncos (1-5) their 16th straight loss.
The reason for this is largely due to the ineffectiveness of Russell Wilson and the Broncos’ offensive line.
They failed to convert on fourth down to end their first drive, which was their only attempt to reach Chiefs territory in the first half. As Kansas City built a 13-0 lead, Nick Bolton picked Russell Wilson on the next series. Four punts followed.
In the second half, Russell Wilson had a tipped ball picked off by Justin Reid on his first opportunity, followed by three consecutive incomplete passes that led to a punt on the Broncos’ next possession.
Sutton’s touchdown catch, initially ruled incomplete but overturned by video review, gave the team their third opportunity in a fast-paced game.
Nevertheless, the officials bailed out the Broncos by throwing a flag for roughing the passer on what would have otherwise been a third-down incompletion. Immediately following the completion of the pass, the touchdown was scored.
With just over six minutes left in the game, the Russell Wilson Broncos converted the 2-point conversion to make it 16-8. Nevertheless, the much-maligned defense that had been so strong all night finally gave way.
Kansas City moved into Denver territory far enough for Butker to make his 52-yard field goal, and the Broncos promptly fumbled after the ensuing kickoff.