The Broncos traveled to Kansas City with hopes of gaining ground on the Chiefs in the AFC West, and left unsuccessful in a 29-19 loss.
The game was sloppy. The Broncos had a rough night on offense, with Trevor Siemian going 5-of-14 with 56 yards and two interceptions in the first half. The second half wasn’t a whole lot better, with the Broncos finishing the night with five turnovers.
The Broncos’ defense did a good job of keeping them in the game, with the Broncos down just 20-13 late in the third and early in the fourth quarter. Kareem Hunt was kept in check, and the Chiefs had two turnovers, after having none since the first play of their season.
But the Chiefs did enough to get themselves the 29-19 win, and gain more ground in the AFC West at 6-2, with the Broncos their closest competitor at 3-4.
Here are the moments that defined the sloppy game we saw on Monday night.
Jamaal Charles fumbled his 3rd carry back in Kansas City
Charles spent his first nine seasons in Kansas City, and brought the Chiefs plenty of joy with his explosive play.
He’s spent the 2017 season in Denver, where he isn’t quite the same player as a 30-year-old back. In his return to his old home, he fumbled the ball on his third carry, and Marcus Peters took it back for the game’s first touchdown.
The play happened in the first minute and 20 seconds of the game, which was obviously a great way to get the always-rowdy Arrowhead Stadium crowd even more pumped up.
Tyreek Hill threw the Chiefs’ first INT of the year
Alex Smith has been extra careful with the football this season. We know he loves to hit those check downs and throw 5-yard passes, but the Chiefs offense has been explosive this season while somehow protecting the football.
In the red zone in the first quarter, that changed when Smith pitched the ball to Tyreek Hill, who threw an interception that was an easy grab for the Denver defense.
That play was the first Chiefs turnover since the first play of the entire season. That one was Kareem Hunt’s very first NFL carry.
But as time has shown, things have worked out for Hunt and the Kansas City offense. Monday night, though, they had their hiccups. Smith would later fumble the ball in the game.
Trevor Siemian had a terrible first half
Siemian looked plain bad for most of the game, but his first half was particularly bad. Siemian went 5-of-14 in the half with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He also had just 56 yards passing.
At the end of the half, ESPN’s Lisa Salters reported that Vance Joseph didn’t plan to replace him at quarterback, reiterating what he said earlier in the week.
“He can’t play well if he’s not being protected,” Joseph said via the Washington Post. “Now, he hasn’t been perfect, either. He can play better, absolutely. But it’s not a Trevor problem; it’s a unit problem.”
But this fourth-quarter interception by Siemian was just plain bad:
It’s going to become increasingly more difficult to defend Siemian if he’s going to throw interceptions like that one.
Sergio Dipp flipped on Vance Joseph
Dipp became famous after being the sideline reporter in the Monday night opener between the Chargers and Broncos in Denver.
In one of his segments, he said that Vance Joseph was “having the time of his life.” On this particular Monday night, Dipp flipped on him:
Update:— Sergio Dipp (@SergioADippW) October 31, 2017
Head Coach Vance Joseph isn't having the time of his life anymore. pic.twitter.com/f4vLBfirxC
At that point in the game, it was honestly real analysis by Dipp. The Broncos looked like an incredible mess, but their defense kept them in the game where it actually looked like a contest late in the third quarter at 20-13.
Travis Kelce’s old celebration
You can always count on Kelce to bring some fun to a game he’s playing in. Tonight, he brought back the “reject,” more widely known as the “jerk” because of the New Boyz’s 2009 hit “You’re a Jerk”:
It wasn’t very smooth, but the guy’s wearing cleats. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, and just enjoy the celebration and appreciate him bringing it back into our lives.