A telling call on a po­ten­tial third-and-1

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

kansas city, mo.» The prob­lems with Den­ver’s of­fense the past few weeks have been many and var­ied, but most no­tice­able was its in­abil­ity to con­vert on third-and-short.

Never did that prob­lem be­come more ev­i­dent than in the third quar­ter Sun­day night when coach Gary Ku­biak turned down a third-and-1.

Here’s what hap­pened: The Bron­cos took over deep in their own ter­ri­tory af­ter a Kansas City punt and moved to a se­cond-and-10 play af­ter one first down, trail­ing 21-10. Devon­tae Booker ripped off a 9-yard run over left tackle for a third-and-1. Kansas City, how­ever, was off­side, so Ku­biak had the op­tion of re­fus­ing the penalty or ac­cept­ing it and mak­ing it se­cond-and-5. Ku­biak, ap­par­ently know­ing how much trou­ble his team has had con­vert­ing on thir­dand-1, took the penalty, af­ter which a false start on tackle Don­ald Stephen­son, a screen pass to Booker for a 4yard loss and an in­com­plete pass led to fourth-and-14 and a punt.

That was em­blem­atic of the Bron­cos’ of­fense. Den­ver’s only touch­down of the game was set up by an in­ter­cep­tion by rookie Justin Sim­mons in the first half, which he re­turned 38 yards to the Kansas City 6-yard line.

Den­ver has scored 23 points in its past three games.

Char­lie Riedel, The As­so­ci­ated Press

Bron­cos coach Gary Ku­biak talks to quar­ter­back Trevor Siemian on Sun­day night.

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