KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The embattled Denver Broncos defense put on a stellar performance to defeat the high-powered Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium, and quarterback Russell Wilson will end the worst stretch of his career. game. In his career, the Broncos are 19-8 outscored and 1-5 overall.
“We have a chance, we have to play better and cleaner,” Wilson said glumly. “I have to play better. It starts with me.”
Wilson had two 300-yard passing games in the first three games of the season and was looking to find a comfort level in coach Sean Payton’s offense, but he had four sacks against the Broncos last Sunday. 196 yards in the game and struggled a bit in the loss to the New York Jets.
The 2022 woes returned Thursday as Wilson threw a career-low 16 touchdown passes and a career-high 55 sacks.
Against the Chiefs, Wilson completed 13 of 22 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. It was Wilson’s first career game, now in his 12th season, in which he threw for less than 150 yards and had two interceptions.
Wilson also had four passes thrown at the line of scrimmage Thursday and had four sacks.
Overall, the Broncos had eight possessions of 34 yards or less against the Chiefs, and the Broncos didn’t score until the fourth quarter. Courtland Sutton scored a one-handed touchdown with 6 minutes and 7 seconds left in the game.
The Broncos defense limited the Chiefs to one touchdown all night.
“Offensively, we struggled passing the ball, our third-down numbers were poor,” Payton said. “Until late in the game… in order to win in our league, you have to throw the ball better.” I don’t think wind is a big factor. “
“They did a lot of different things,” Wilson said of the Chiefs’ defense. “The first (interception) was against me and they made a great play on the ball and the ball bounced on (the second interception) … that’s part of the game … they Great performance tonight, they played great defense.”
Wilson currently has a 4-16 record in 20 starts for the Broncos. The Broncos traded five draft picks, including two first-round picks and two second-round picks, and three players to the Seattle Seahawks in 2022 to acquire Wilson.