Maybe the Broncos should start working a little harder on defense. That’s a rather easy assessment to make after Sunday’s stunning 33-19 loss to the previously winless Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. For a team that had done so much good in the first three weeks of the season, all wins, they did so much wrong on Sunday in their first loss of 2008.
Sure, maybe they overlooked the Chiefs. That’s easy to do. But Mike Shanahan knows better. After all, he’s been around long enough to have watched previous Broncos teams lose to a lot better Chiefs teams than this at Arrowhead. So yes, you probably can start with the blame right there – the coaching staff should have done better getting the team more ready.
As for Jay Cutler, after three weeks of pretty good football, he knew the loss could be summed up rather easily. “Bad decisions,” Cutler said. “You can’t have four turnovers offensively and score a lot of points. You know there’s a lot of football left. We’re still a good football team and we can’t go into a panic here.”
Yes, the Broncos are a good team, but allowing 370 yards to a Chiefs team that is just awful on offense is unacceptable for a team that is thinking about a run to Tampa Bay (Super Bowl 43) in February. They allowed veteran backup Damon Huard to look like a grizzled vet, going 21-for-28 for 160 yards with one TD and a QB rating of 100.3. Larry Johnson had been better in the past, but against the Broncos looked way too good, going for a whopping 198 yards.
So yes, this team had better take a look in the mirror – and fast. Suddenly the Chargers are finding their sea legs, and they won’t stay quiet forever. The measure of this loss can’t be said for another few weeks to see how they respond, but for now – this one hurts. In more ways than one.
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