Lock, who is from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, just outside of Kansas City and whose father plays for Chiefs coach Andy Reid at the University of Missouri, is having a painful second straight trip on the development curve against the Chiefs – a 43-16 losses at Empower Field at Mile High on Sunday.
“It’s my hometown and at the same time I can’t let it change the way I play,” Lock said this week. “This is just an ordinary match.”
Unfortunately, it didn’t. Lock completed 24 of 40 passes for 254 yards, with most of those yards coming during close-it-out time for the Chiefs. He had two interceptions, one back for a touchdown. He seems restless most of the time, often giving open receivers to the short advantage of favoring a much tighter window that turns into incompleteness. He was fired three times.
Everything looks as fishy as his performance against the Chiefs last December – also in the snow – when he completed 18 of 40 passes for 208 yards with an interception and two sacks.
And on the day when Patrick mahomes only throwing one touchdown pass and one where the Chiefs’ offense didn’t turn the third down (0-for-8), the game was never really in doubt after the second quarter.
Two words: That’s 10. Like 10 in a row. The Chiefs have had a big impact in this longstanding rivalry. It’s a hitting streak that started during Peyton Manning’s 2015 intercept four game in Denver.
And with Mahomes at the quarterback for the foreseeable future in Kansas City, the Broncos will have to step up their game to make it interesting again.
Annoying trends: It’s the same old story. The Broncos opened the day with a lot of success in running the ball, usually in larger personnel groups – two backs or two tight ends and a handful of three tight sets – but seemed unable to resist the lure of all three. -Wide appearance as soon as they fall behind by even a single score.
And trouble kept coming for offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur in those three wide sets. In the first half alone, Lock’s interception for a touchdown, two sacks, missed faults and a deliberate grounding penalty all from three sets wide. The Broncos continued to fight for protection in that display and the opponent’s defensive coordinator must have noticed.
QB details: Lock had four interceptions in the last two games. He looks pressing at the moment as the team is struggling to score – they have had one goal in the last two games. The Broncos have the Chargers, Falcons, Raiders and Dolphins for the next four games, and if Denver has any hope of saving a portion of the season, it will have to find what works for Lock in the game and try to claw his way back. 500.
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