Phillip Lindsay — Stop us if you’ve heard this before: When given a chance to make plays Sunday, the Broncos back went atomic, gaining 79 yards on just nine carries. The only thing to stop him? A blow to the head that left him concussed. Some might knock the CU product for his lack of availability in the second half, but it’s really hard to blame a guy for that.
Albert Okwuegbunam — His debut last week dampened by a couple of drops, the rookie tight end responded by catching all seven passes thrown his way Sunday for 60 yards. If you’re searching for a ray of hope after another dismal day vs. K.C., let it be this: Between Albert O and Noah Fant (three receptions, 44 yards) Denver appears to have its tight end room squared away.
Broncos defense — Beset by poor field position and an offense that couldn’t stop giving the ball away, Denver’s defense did its part through three quarters, registering three sacks, forcing a fumble and limiting the Chiefs’ “Star Wars offense” to one touchdown. That the unit finally broke in the fourth quarter is hardly its fault. A man can only beat back the tide for so long.
Melvin Gordon — Give Gordon this much: The effort was there all the way to the final snap. Unfortunately, the Broncos’ big free-agent addition was otherwise forgettable in his return from a sore throat (and other stuff). A first-quarter fumble was his second in Broncos orange, and that failed flea-flicker pitch would get a 10-year-old sent home from recess.
Drew Lock — Errant throws… poor decisions… even sliding was an issue for the Broncos’ second-year signal caller on a snowy Sunday at Mile High. Facing a Chiefs team that requires a quarterback’s “A” game, Lock delivered a dud with two interceptions and zero touchdowns. Last year’s 4-1 finish feels like ages ago (like everything else from last December).
Special teams — Brandon McManus missed an extra point. Kickoff coverage allowed Byron Pringle to run 102 yards untouched. And KJ Hamler even muffed a punt (luckily recovered by Denver). In a closer game, those miscues would likely by more magnified. In Sunday’s blowout, it was just a few more logs on the (dumpster) fire.