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17.12.2018 02:43
After an incredible Monday Night Football showdown Antworten , the Denver Broncos crumbled in the fourth quarter and lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 27-23. It was a game that the Broncos dominated early on, but unfortunately, a series of miscues in the fourth quarter ultimately led to their demise and them slipping to a 2-2 record. Here are five things we learned from tonight’s loss.1. This loss was a heart-breakerAfter dominating the pace of the game for three quarters, the Broncos collapsed in the fourth quarter when it mattered most. It was the first game the Broncos had blown a ten point lead while entering the fourth quarter in more than a decade. Words can’t even describe how heart-breaking this is. Missed calls by the refs, blown coverage on defense, errant throws on the final drive of the game and an impeccable performance by Patrick Mahomes, who was incredible in the final quarter of the game were all culprits in this disaster.2. The Broncos’ defense crumbled in the fourth quarterOne of the most annoying parts about tonight’s broadcast on Monday Night Football was Booger McFarland’s ridiculous repetition of the “Showtime Mahomes” moniker. Every time I heard him say it, which bordered on nearly a million instances, I wanted to throw my television out of the window. While there is no doubt that Mahomes has been beyond impressive this season, the Broncos’ defense played an amazing game and limited the Chiefs’ offense that was scoring points at a pinball game pace — until the fourth quarter.Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce were all silent until the fourth quarter, but that’s when “Showtime” began to show the kind of player he is going to be in the league for a long time. Under the guidance of the second-year signal caller, the Chiefs were able to erase a ten point deficit and comeback to beat the Broncos in the final minutes of the game. It’s incredibly unfortunate that it happened, but hopefully the Broncos can find some sort of positives out of this loss and be prepared to beat the New York Jets on the road next weekend.3. The Broncos’ running game was in top form, but was underutilized As I emphasized numerous times this week, the Chiefs defense has struggled all year long stop the run, so it would be wise for the Broncos to establish the run and keep doing so often. Even though they had success early on, the Broncos’ coaching staff failed to realize how effective their rushing attack was. At times, I found myself wondering if the coaches were witnessing live what we were seeing on television at home.Rookie tailbacks Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay provided the offense with a much needed spark and continued to prove that they will be a formidable duo for years to come. In the first half alone, the Broncos rushed 11 times for 93 yards — good enough for a staggering 9 yard per carry average. On the night, the two combined for 20 carries Cheap Chris Harris Jr Jersey , 136 yards and two touchdowns. Instead of throwing the ball on first down and running silly screen plays at inopportune times, the Broncos should have placed a higher emphasis on running the ball — because it was working.4. Garett Bolles had another up and down performanceOne of the big takeaways from tonight’s game was the lackluster pass protection provided by their offensive line early on in the game, in particular offensive tackles Garett Bolles and Jared Veldheer. Bolles had an extremely rough first quarter, allowing a sack and having a penalty called against him. Veldheer exited the game early in the second quarter and was replaced by Billy Turner, who appeared to do well in his stead.But let’s go back to Bolles for a moment. The Broncos claimed to have had a Top 10 grade on Bolles in the NFL Draft when they selected him two years ago, but he certainly hasn’t played like a top draft pick. On a weekly basis, it’s almost a virtual certainty that he will allow an untimely sack or commit penalties that kill drives. In fact, he is tied for (or now has) the league lead in penalties in that regard. I’m not giving up on the second-year player yet, but there is no doubt he needs to improve moving forward.Given the aforementioned and Veldheer being in a contract year, offensive tackle should certainly be one of the Broncos’ top priorities to address this coming offseason. Whether it’s via free agency or the 2019 NFL Draft — the Broncos need to add some top-tier caliber to their offensive trenches. A little bit of competition and pressure may be a way to give Bolles a wake-up call to improve upon the continuous errors and deficiencies he has failed to improve upon since his rookie year.5. Courtland Sutton impressed, showcasing future No. 1 receiver potentialRookie wide receiver and second-round draft selection Courtland Sutton was arguably the most intriguing player through camp and the preseason, but hasn’t had quite the impact some were expecting early on in his career. However, tonight was a step in the right direction for the Southern Methodist University product who had a handful of key grabs that helped jump start the Broncos’ offense and move the ball down the field. Just take a look at his incredible 42-yard snag below.The above illustrates the reason why Broncos fans are so excited about his potential with the team. He also drew a big-time pass interference call in the end zone at the end of the third quarter that put the Broncos in position to take the lead. Sutton’s continued progression will be essential for the franchise, who will have tough decisions to face with high-priced veteran wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in the offseason. The two are scheduled combine for $30 million against the cap next season (Thomas ~ $17.5 million, Sanders ~ $13 million), but it’s doubtful the Broncos will dole out that much cash to both. Without question, Sutton has all the tools to become a top-flight receiver in the National Football League and the team was lucky that he fell to the second day of the draft.So Broncos Country, what were your five big observations from tonight’s game? Sound off in the comments section and make your voice heard!Broncos 3rd and long: pecked to death by the Ravens Well that worry that you had about the Broncos secondary in 2018 after the first two games, it was correct. So far they have been very bad. They have been almost the antithesis of the No Fly Zone - the Frequent Flyer Zone. In a pass-happy league, we now have a defense that is great at stopping the run and terrible at stopping the pass. Raise your hand if you think that’s a recipe for success in the NFL in 2018. I’ll wait. Right, I didn’t think so. So let’s see how the defense did against the run on first down? Did we get the Ravens off-schedule? Stopping the Run on 1st DownThe Ravens ran the ball 15 times for 59 yards on first down (3.9 ypc). Meaning that their average to go on 2nd down was 6 yards. 2nd and 6 is manageable and means that you can still run on second down Youth Justin Simmons Jersey , or you can pass. It also makes play-action passing much more effective. Interestingly, when the Ravens did run on 2nd down, we stuffed them. They ran the ball 7 times for 11 yards on 2nd down. Six of those yards came on the 2nd and goal run by Alex Collins before the (blatantly missed holding call at the point of attack) TD run. Overall the Broncos did fairly well at stopping the run this game, limiting Baltimore to 80 yards rushing on 25 carries (you have to take out the kneel-downs) - 3.2 ypc. We currently stand at 11th in terms of stopping the run on 1st down allowing 3.74 ypc. Miami leads the league with 2.94 while Detroit is dead last allowing a stunning 6.81 ypc on first down runs. Overall on run defense we are 3rd in the league allowing 3.47 ypc. Believe it or not, New Orleans is currently leading the league in run defense allowing only 3.35 ypc while Detroit is dead last allowing 5.92 ypc on all running plays so far. Stopping them on 3rd and longWe forced the Ravens into 16 third down situations and almost half of those were thirdand long. They were able to convert on two of the seven. Both drives on which they converted on third and long ended in touchdowns for the Ravens. On the 19-yard catch by Michael Crabtree, Crabtree does a good job of pushing off just enough to get the separation he needs to have space for the catch. Since both he and Bradley Roby were hand-fighting, it was a good no call. Roby is in good position, but he he doesn’t get his head around quickly and the little push-off creates all of the space that Crabtree needs. The other conversion was a good throw but Darian Stewart needed to make a play on the ball on - he was way out of position. Additionally Will Parks lets a lumbering TE get a step on him in coverage. That should not happen. For the season our defense has now allowed conversion on four of 18 3rd and long situations (22.2%) which is 9th in league at this point. I was surprised to find the KC’s defense currently is leading the league in this stat having only allowed conversion on one of 17 3rd and long situations. The Falcons are currently the worst in the league allowing conversion on 34.8% of 3rd and longs. In another interesting twist, the Denver offense is leading the league right now at converting on 3rd and long.The Broncos offense has converted on eight of 18 3rd and long situations (44.4%). Contrast that with the 49ers who have only converted one of 19 (5.3%). For comparison, our offense converted a total of 29 third and longs during the 2017 season (24.8% conversion) which was in the bottom half of the league. The 2017 offense also turned the ball over six times on 3rd and long and allowed eight sacks in those situations. While our offense has allowed two sacks on third and long this season, none of the five interceptions have come on third and long plays. Moving forward to the Chiefs The passing success that Patrick Mahomes is currently enjoying is unsustainable mostly because no one has ever had this level of success for an entire season - ever. He currently has 13 TDs and zero interceptions over a three game span. I looked at the top seasons in NFL history in terms of TD:INT ratio and none of those QB had a three game stretch where they threw 13 TDs and zero INTs. Not T*m Brady, not Aaron Rodgers, not Drew Brees, not Peyton Manning. While Mahomes will most definitely regress to the mean, I doubt it happens this week. Our passing defense is not even a shadow of what it once was. Our coverage is poor enough that our pass rushers can’t get to the QB fast enough and our lack of depth (or at least healthy depth) at CB means that we can’t effectively play press-man coverage to give our pass-rushers more time to get to the QB. Joe Woods better have a rabbit in his hat or Monday night will get really ugly, really fast. Now, Joe Flacco (25/40, 277 yards, 1 TD) did not light up our secondary like Derek Carr did but KC’s offense has been much better at exploiting blown coverages so far this season than either of our first three opponents. So the secondary better get this fixed fast or the comments sections at MHR will be flooded with annoying KC trolls for the next few weeks telling how Patrick Mahomes is the greatest QB to ever play the game.

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