The Broncos’ frustrating loss to the Chiefs, by the numbers

“There’s high tension,” cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. “We’re not winning. We’re not taking care of the football. We’re giving the games away.”

Travis Kelce stiff arms Bradley Roby. (Denny Medley/USA Today Sports)
Travis Kelce stiff arms Bradley Roby. (Denny Medley/USA Today Sports)
Travis Kelce stiff arms Bradley Roby. (Denny Medley/USA Today Sports)

The Denver Broncos lost for the fourth time in five games on Monday, and the cracks are beginning to show.

Following the 29-19 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. admitted that there’s some tension between the Broncos’ all-world defense and its lifeless offense.

“There’s high tension,” Harris Jr. said. “We’re not winning. We’re not taking care of the football. We’re giving the games away.”

Monday night felt like a breaking point of sorts. We’ll see how it plays out. It’s possible Broncos coach Vance Joseph names a different starting quarterback this week. Until then, here are some numbers to chew on.

0

Trevor Siemian did not have a good night. He attempted 38 passes that went for 198 yards, and he threw three interceptions. Siemian was especially bad when Kansas City turned the heat up on him. He completed 0 of 6 passes when faced with pressure, according to Pro Football Focus.

Siemian struggled so much, Joseph didn’t close the door on choosing a different starter this week. “Anything’s possible,” Joseph said.

5

The Broncos turned the ball over five times. There were Siemian’s three picks, Jamaal Charles’ fumble and Isaiah McKenzie’s fumble. Denver’s now ranked second-to-last in the NFL in turnover differential at minus-11. Only the Cleveland Browns are worse in that department.

68

Kareem Hunt has been one of the most dynamic forces in football this season. The Chiefs rookie running back had gone over 100 yards from scrimmage in every one of his professional football games … until Monday. Denver limited Hunt to 68 yards from scrimmage. He carried the ball 22 times for 46 yards and caught three passes for 22 yards. Denver kept a really, really good player in check.

4.7

You’ve got to feel for the Broncos defense a little bit. The deck’s been stacked against them, but they’ve performed well. Denver limited the Chiefs to 4.7 yards per play Monday, which is well below the 6.3 yards per play they’ve averaged this season. Denver’s defense did its job, but it didn’t result in a win once again. I can see why Harris Jr. is growing frustrated.

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Christian Clark

Author: Christian Clark

Christian Clark covers sports. He's worked for outlets that include the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Oklahoman, Columbia Missourian and Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine. He likes music and Mexican food. Lots and lots of Mexican food. Got questions? Tips? You can reach him at cclark@denverite.com.