I will say this though right off the bat. As much as this loss hurts (Considering the team it was too), in some ways we needed this loss. I didn't want to go 16-0. Granted this loss is worse since we need to get home field advantage (BADLY). However, in order to really become a better NFL football team, you need to experience a loss now and then. The teams that learn from their mistakes and get better from them are the elite teams. The ones that dont are the ones that have great years and then have their poor years. This is how I saw the game looking at the positives and negatives.
1. Our defense is still very good: Say what you want about not getting any pressure, but when Peyton is getting rid of the ball in less than 2 seconds, NO ONE can get pressure. I dont care if you are Justin Houston, Derrick Thomas, J.J. Watt. Its near impossible to get pressure that fast unless someone blows their protection.
2. Knile Davis: In his short amount of action, I saw some very encouraging signs out of Davis. Some good runs and a great screen play to him in the 2nd quarter. Look for him to get some more looks going forward this season.
3. Eric Fisher: NOTE- This was before he got hurt. He was going against one of the best pass rushers in the game and I thought he held his own very well except for a few instances. One was on a sack of Smith, but he wasnt the only one on the play to get beat.
4. The ability to go downfield: I never had any doubt that Smith COULD go downfield if needed. Do I want him to go it constantly? Not even close. The fact that the threat is there makes this offense much better though. This game would have been much different if some of the receivers would have caught some of Smith’s (Very accurate mind you) deep passes.
1. Drops by the receivers: There were countless times that we had costly drops or balls that should have been caught. I couldnt find the official stat for drops, but I would venture to guess the number was near six. That number would defnitely be accurate if you include balls that should have been caught. All the receivers are included here excluding the tight ends. They were solid all night except in the running game…
2. Pass Protection: Overall the pass protection was very good all night. I know Smith had three sacks last night, but at least one of those was Smith holding the ball WAY too long. Even Cris Collinsworth said that Smith made a drastic mistake by not getting rid of the ball.
3. Splash Plays: Anytime in the game where we were about to make a run or cut the deficit, we shot ourselves in the foot and couldn't make the big play. Not getting a touchdown on the 2 yard line (Cost 4 points), the Sherman fumble (cost at least 3 points), not getting points at the end of the 1st half after the missed FG, and the non INT by Demps all went the way of the Broncos. All of these could have changed the game dramatically.
4. Akeem Jordan: We have arguably the three best LB’s in the game and Jordan is yet again the weak link of that group by a long shot. Keep in mind my frustration here is pretty much from one play and it was on first and goal, but it was a critical point in the game. This play was on Ball’s 1 yard touchdown run. Poe and Hali provide outstanding push off of the snap leaving a WIDE open hole for Jordan to make not only the stop, but a stop behind the line of scrimmage. I understand that the Broncos could have scored shortly after, but you never know on the goaline. Here is the clip from last night on NFL.com. Just go down to the 1 yard TD run and see what I am talking about. Shayne Skov, I hope you are our new ILB next to DJ. http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013111709/2013/REG11/chiefs@broncos#menu=highlights&tab=recap