The Broncos hosted Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football. The game appeared to be on cruise control once Denver took a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.
But the Broncos defense couldn't bring down Mahomes, and the coverage was absolutely pathetic on Kansas City's game-winning drive. After a series of penalties, the Chiefs faced a 2nd-and-30 situation with 2:53 left, down by three points.
That's where the Bronco defense blew it. Mahomes found Demarcus Robinson for 23 yards, then he hit Demetrius Harris for 35 yards to move the ball in the red zone. Two plays later, Kareem Hunt scored the game-winning touchdown - a four-yard rush.
Needless to say, the likes of Harris and Miller weren't happy with how the Broncos blew it.
"Second-and-30,"Broncos Harris said, per Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic. "SECOND-AND-30. How we gonna let them smoke us like that?"
"Second-and-30, I'm thinking like, 'There ain't no way they'd be able to get this. And then they did," Miller added.
Though a lackluster offense and atrocious defense bears the blame for the loss, the Broncos were also robbed by yet another officiating mistake. The play clock hit zero before Mahomes got the snap and found Harris downfield. Broncos players were rightfully angry after the game, but they know that the game was in their hands before that.
2018 marked the sixth straight year in which Denver started out 2-0, but they've missed the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. With quarterback Case Keenum struggling and the defense no longer reliable enough in making the big time plays to close out games, it's very likely they miss the playoffs a third straight year.
It's safe to say the Broncos miss defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, whose top-ranked defense in 2015 took Denver to a Super Bowl 50 championship. But ever since he left the team in 2017, the Bronco defense has fallen apart time and time again in the big situations.