Jan 8, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) runs the ball in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes tries to continue Chiefs’ dominance of Broncos

Peyton Manning dominated the Kansas City Chiefs in his Hall of Fame career. He was 12-2 against them and won the first seven times he played them as the Denver Broncos quarterback.

He lost his last head-to-head matchup, back in 2015, which flipped the narrative in the rivalry. Kansas City has won 13 straight games in the series, starting with that 29-13 win, and it will go for No. 14 when the Chiefs play in Denver on Sunday.

Kansas City (9-3) is coming off a loss in Cincinnati, which was a rematch of the AFC title game last year, but will find safe haven against the Broncos.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is 14-0 in AFC West road games, and Mahomes has the advantage to win his 15th considering Denver’s offensive struggles.

“I mean, that’s the past. For us, it’s the now. It’s a West opponent. It’s a great rivalry that’s been going on for years,” Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said. “I am very excited to be a part of it.”

Denver (3-9) is last in the NFL at 13.8 points per game while the Chiefs average 29.2 per game, which leads the league.

The Broncos’ defense has come up big this year but with little reward. The unit is second in the league in points allowed per game (17.0) and third in fewest yards allowed at 304.6 but the offense’s inability to score has led to eight losses by single digits.

To make things tougher Denver will likely be without leading receiver Courtland Sutton on Sunday due to a hamstring injury. Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (ankle) and guard Dalton Risner (shoulder/back) are among those who did not practice on Wednesday.

Kansas City is relatively healthy in comparison. While wideout Mecole Hardman (abdominal injury) isn’t eligible to come off injured reserve for another week, receiver Kadarius Toney (hamstring) returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday as did linebacker Nock Bolton (groin).

Toney, acquired from the New York Giants earlier this season, hasn’t played since Week 11 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Mahomes has plenty of weapons to utilize without those two, especially tight end Travis Kelce, who leads the team in receiving yards (968) and is tied for the league lead in touchdown catches (12).

More concerning is the foot injury Mahomes suffered against the Bengals last week. He came up limping on the last play of the game and is listed on the injury report but he doesn’t seem concerned about it.

“It’s felt good,” said Mahomes of his foot. “You always deal with bruises and little things in the NFL season — and so, luckily for me, it’s just a bruise and something I can just kind of bounce back from. (I’ll) be out there at practice and keep getting better like we’re trying to do.”

If the foot is an issue against the Broncos it might be a factor against their stout defense. Mahomes called Denver’s defense “special” and knows what he has to do in order to neutralize the rush.

“I’ve got to do my best to get the ball out of my hand and let these guys make plays,” he said.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton (14) attempts to catch the ball as Los Angeles Chargers cornerback J.C. Jackson (27) defends in the first quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos WR Courtland Sutton unlikely against Chiefs

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton is unlikely to play against rival Kansas City on Sunday due to a hamstring injury.

“It’s not looking good right now,” Broncos head coach Nathanial Hackett said Wednesday.

Sutton, 27, has played in every game this season, collecting 52 receptions for 688 yards, both team highs.

It’s the latest blow to the Broncos wideout corps; Tim Patrick and KJ Hamler are on injured reserve.

Jerry Jeudy is the best of the available wide receivers for Denver. He’ll be joined by some combination of Kendall Hinton, Jalen Virgil, Brandon Johnson and Montrell Washington to play against the Chiefs (9-3).

The Broncos (3-9) are in the throes of a four-game losing skid and last in the NFL in scoring offense (13.8 points per game).

Also for the Broncos, linebacker Dakota Allen (hamstring), tight end/fullback Andrew Beck (hamstring), guard Dalton Risner (shoulder/back), offensive tackle Tom Compton (illness) and kicker Brandon McManus (quad) missed practice Wednesday.

–Field Level Media

Dec 4, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Devin Duvernay (13) runs after the catch against the Denver Broncos during the first half  at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Huntley leads game-winning drive for Ravens vs. Broncos

Tyler Huntley relieved an injured Lamar Jackson and scored on a two-yard touchdown run with 28 seconds remaining as the host Baltimore Ravens rallied for a 10-9 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon.

The Ravens (8-4) escaped with a dramatic win after Jackson was injured while being sacked for a six-yard loss by Denver’s Jonathon Cooper on the final play of the first quarter. The Ravens initially said Jackson was questionable to return and then ruled him out before the second half started.

Baltimore got the ball back with 5:02 remaining and nearly lost possession when Justice Hill nearly lost a fumble at the Ravens’ 46. A defensive pass interference penalty on Patrick Surtain moved Baltimore to the Denver 37 and Isaiah Likely hauled in a 12-yard catch.

Three plays later, Baltimore converted a 4th-and-2 when Huntley ran three yards to the Denver 15. On the next play, running back Kenyan Drake made a diving catch for a 13-yard gain and following a timeout, Huntley easily ran up the middle to give Baltimore the lead.

After Huntley’s dramatic run, Denver reached the Baltimore 45 and the game ended when Brandon McManus missed a 63-yard field goal with two seconds remaining as the ball fell short of going through the middle of the uprights.

Huntley completed 27 of 32 passes for 187 yards and also ran 10 times for 41 yards as the Ravens won for the fifth time in six games. Jackson was 3-for-4 for 11 yards before getting injured.

Denver (3-9) lost its fourth straight and was held to 16 points or fewer for the 10th time this season. Russell Wilson completed 17 of 22 passes for 189 yards.

McManus kicked a 52-yard field goal and a 41-yarder in the first half before making a 50-yard field goal late in the third.

Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker kicked a 26-yard field goal in the second quarter

After Denver could not convert a third-and-5, they settled for a 52-yard field goal by McManus with 9:03 left in the first. Baltimore tied it on Tucker’s field goal with 5:57 left in the second.

Denver opened its final drive of the first half when Wilson hit Jerry Jeudy for a 40-yard gain. The Broncos crossed midfield on a 22-yard reception by Greg Dulcich but settled for their 41-yard field goal with 42 seconds remaining.

After safety Justin Simmons intercepted Huntley at the Baltimore 40 with 6:07 left, the Broncos took a 9-3 lead on the 50-yarder with 4:02 remaining

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2022; London, United Kingdom, Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) is congratulated by wide receiver Courtland Sutton (14) after scoring a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second quarter during an NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos’ Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy active vs. Ravens

Denver Broncos wide receivers Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy are both active for Sunday’s game against the host Baltimore Ravens.

Sutton (illness) and Jeudy (ankle) were both listed as questionable for the game.

Sutton leads the Broncos in catches (52) and receiving yards (688), while Jeudy tops the club in touchdown receptions (three).

Denver (3-8) listed the following players as inactive: cornerbacks K’Waun Williams and Michael Ojemudia, safety Anthony Harris, linebacker Dakota Allen, tight end/fullback Andrew Beck, tight end Albert Okwuegbunam and defensive lineman Jonathan Harris.

The Ravens (7-4) listed the following players as inactive: tackle Ronnie Stanley, cornerback Pepe Williams, running back Mike Davis, tight end Charlie Kolar and linebackers Del’Shawn Phillips, Josh Bynes and David Ojabo.

–Field Level Media

Browns quarterback Joshua Dobbs warms up before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, in Cleveland.

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Ex-Browns QB Joshua Dobbs works out for Broncos

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Joshua Dobbs worked out for the Denver Broncos on Friday.

The Browns released Dobbs on Monday after activating Deshaun Watson from the suspended list.

Dobbs, 27, was a fourth-round pick by Pittsburgh in the 2017 NFL Draft.

He appeared in a total of six games for the Steelers in the 2018 and 2020 seasons, completing 10 of 17 passes for 45 yards with one interception. Dobbs also rushed six times for 31 yards.

Cleveland reportedly is hoping to re-sign Dobbs to the practice squad.

–Field Level Media

Baltimore Ravens place kicker Justin Tucker (9) reacts to his field goal made during the first quarter of a regular season NFL football matchup Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. The Jaguars edged the Ravens 28-27. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union]

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Ravens hope to avoid late-game trends vs. Broncos

The Baltimore Ravens will look to end their trend of late-game collapses Sunday when they host the reeling Denver Broncos.

Baltimore has led by more than one score in all four of its losses this season, including squandering a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter of a 28-27 loss against host Jacksonville last Sunday.

The Ravens (7-4) went just 2-for-5 in the red zone, as they settled for Justin Tucker field goals on their first three trips inside Jacksonville’s 20-yard line.

“It’s two things always: It’s going to be execution and scheme, and it’s scheme and execution,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said when asked about the Ravens’ red-zone issues. “So, that has been a major focus for us as coaches to try to get the right plays up down there. At times, we’ve had the right plays and we haven’t executed them.”

Meanwhile, the Broncos (3-8) are a loss away from their sixth consecutive losing season. They are coming off a 23-10 setback to the host Carolina Panthers that was their third loss in a row and seventh in eight games.

“This is not where we wanted to be at this time in the season,” Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said. “None of us thought it would be like that, and that responsibility is fully on me.

“We, as a group, have to come together and try to find a way to win a football game.”

While the game appeared to be a marquee matchup between top quarterbacks at season’s outset, Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson and Denver’s Russell Wilson haven’t played as well as expected.

Jackson was limited at practice on Wednesday due to a quad injury, but he’s expected to play on Sunday. He missed the final four games last year with an injured ankle. He has completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 2,231 yards — an average of 202.8 per game — with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The 2019 MVP is also averaging 68.6 rushing yards a game.

Wilson has completed 58.9 percent of his passes and is averaging 236.9 yards this season, with just eight touchdown passes against five interceptions. After leading the Seahawks to the playoffs eight times in his 10 seasons in Seattle — including two Super Bowls — he was widely considered to be the key ingredient in the Broncos’ return to NFL relevance when he arrived in the offseason and signed a monster contract.

The Ravens own the league’s second-best rushing offense (162.7 ypg), which will look to exploit a Broncos’ run defense that ranks 19th in stopping the run (121.6 ypg.)

Kenyan Drake, though, (85 carries, 392 yards, 3 TDs) has rushed for only 48 yards the past two games, including just 2 against the Jaguars.

The Broncos will lean on former Raven Latavius Murray (358 yards, 4 TDs) after waiving leading rusher Melvin Gordon last week, largely because he had five fumbles this season.

For the Ravens, tight end Nick Boyle (illness), offensive tackle Daniel Faalele (illness), cornerback Marlon Humphrey (ankle) and offensive tackle Patrick Mercari all did not practice on Wednesday.

For the Broncos, linebacker Dakota Allen (hamstring), tight end Andrew Beck (hamstring), receiver KJ Hamler (hamstring), defensive tackle Jonathan Harris (knee) and receiver Jerry Jeudy (ankle) were among those who didn’t practice on Wednesday.

However, none of them have been ruled out for Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) drops back to ass against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Nov. 27, 2022.

NFL moves Week 14 Dolphins-Chargers game to SNF

NFL Most Valuable Player candidate Tua Tagovailoa and the rising Miami Dolphins will get an extra prime-time showcase, as their Week 14 road game against the Los Angeles Chargers was moved to the “Sunday Night Football” slot.

The move was announced Tuesday as part of the NFL’s flex scheduling plan. The league reserves the right to replace the Sunday night games late in the season in favor of a better matchup.

In this case, the Dec. 11 Dolphins-Chargers game will get the 8:20 p.m. ET position on NBC, trading places with that day’s Kansas City Chiefs-at-Denver Broncos contest, which will now air on CBS at 4:05 p.m. ET.

The Dolphins (8-3) have an 8-0 record in games that Tagovailoa has started and finished. Tagovailoa was carted off from the field during Miami’s 27-15 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 29, and the Dolphins dropped the next two games without him.

Tagovailoa has thrown for 2,564 yards and 19 touchdowns with just three interceptions. He is the third favorite for MVP at DraftKings with +500 odds, trailing just Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (-160) and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (+350).

FanDuel has Mahomes at -140, Hurts at +350 and Tagovailoa at +600.

The Chargers (6-5) are just one win out of a playoff position after pulling out a 25-24 win over the Arizona Cardinals in the last minute on Sunday.

The Chiefs (9-2) own the best record in the AFC, but their matchup against the Broncos became less appealing with Denver sitting at 3-8 and riding a three-game losing streak.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (25) gets tackled by Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard (31) during the fourth quarter at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Nelles-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: RB Melvin Gordon signing with Chiefs’ practice squad

The Kansas City Chiefs are signing running back Melvin Gordon to their practice squad, according to multiple reports on Monday.

The Denver Broncos released the two-time Pro Bowler last week, and he became a free agent upon clearing waivers.

Gordon, 29, had 318 rushing yards and two touchdowns along with 25 receptions for 223 yards over 10 games (six starts) this year. But he had fallen out of favor in Denver, as he’s become known for issues with ball security. He’s fumbled five times this season, losing two.

Gordon has fumbled 26 times, losing 18, in his eight-year NFL career with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (2015-19) and Broncos. The former first-round pick has amassed 6,462 rushing yards and 55 touchdowns along with 309 catches for 2,467 yards and 14 scores in 108 career games (94 starts).

Kansas City is thin at running back with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) on injured reserve. Rookie Isiah Pacheco started the past five games and has gained 455 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns over 11 games. Jerick McKinnon and Ronald Jones II are also on the roster.

The Chiefs and Broncos have yet to meet this season despite being AFC West rivals. They will play Dec. 11 at Denver and Jan. 1 at Kansas City.

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws under pressure from Denver Broncos linebacker Baron Browning (56) during the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

In ’22 debut, Sam Darnold pushes Panthers past Broncos

Carolina’s Sam Darnold threw a touchdown pass and scored on a strange running play while the Panthers’ defense dominated in a 23-10 victory against the visiting Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon in Charlotte, N.C.

Darnold (11 for 19, 164 yards) who had been injured in the preseason and then behind Baker Mayfield and PJ Walker in the pecking order, made good on his first chance in a role that he held last year.

D’Onta Foreman rushed 113 for yards on 24 carries and Eddy Pineiro kicked three field goals for the Panthers (4-8).

The Broncos (3-8) were limited to 246 yards of total offense in losing their third straight game. Russell Wilson completed 19 of 35 passes for 142 yards and a late touchdown.

Wilson was 6-1 against the Panthers while a member of the Seattle Seahawks.

The Panthers held the ball for more than six minutes on their first possession of the second half, driving 72 yards in 10 plays and scoring on Darnold’s bizarre 1-yard keeper. He dropped the ball, recovered the fumble and rolled into the end zone.

Carolina scored on its first possession of the fourth quarter on Pineiro’s 26-yard field goal.

The Panthers got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff when Jalen Virgil fumbled. That turned into Pineiro’s 36-yard field goal after Carolina chewed up nearly another 4 1/2 minutes.

The Broncos finally scored a touchdown at the end of a 14-play, 77-yard drive on Wilson’s 1-yard toss to Brandon Johnson with 3:19 left.

On an 11-play, 71-yard drive that lasted seven minutes, Darnold threw a 5-yard TD to DJ Moore with 30 seconds left in the first quarter for the game’s first points.

Brandon McManus’ 27-yard field goal for Denver and Pineiro’s 42-yarder accounted for the scoring in the second. McManus missed a 56-yarder on the last play of the half.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Las Vegas Raiders safety Duron Harmon (30) tackles Denver Broncos wide receiver Kendall Hinton (9) in the first quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders dispatch Broncos in OT

Derek Carr threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams in overtime, and the visiting Las Vegas Raiders beat the Denver Broncos 22-16 on Sunday.

Carr finished 23-for-37 passing for 307 yards and two touchdowns, both to Adams, who had seven catches for 141 yards. Josh Jacobs rushed for 109 yards and Daniel Carlson kicked three field goals for Las Vegas (3-7).

Russell Wilson was 24-for-31 passing for 247 yards, Latavius Murray rushed for 49 yards and a score and Brandon McManus kicked three field goals for the Broncos (3-7).

The Raiders got the ball first in overtime, and on the third play Carr found a wide-open Adams for the winning score just 1:36 into the extra session.

The Broncos went ahead on their opening drive of the game, going 92 yards on seven plays with Murray finishing it with a one-yard TD run to make it 7-0.

It was the first time this season Denver has scored on its first drive of the game.

Carlson missed a 46-yarder to break a streak of 41 straight, which was the longest active streak in the NFL, and McManus kicked a 48-yarder to make it 10-0 early in the second quarter, but Las Vegas responded.

The Raiders drove to the Denver 31-yard line when Carr hit Adams to cut the deficit to 10-7.

The Broncos had a chance to add to the lead at the end of the half but Las Vegas blocked McManus’ 25-yard field goal attempt.

Denver muffed the second half kickoff and was forced to punt from its own 12, giving the Raiders the ball near midfield. Five plays later Carlson tied it with a 52-yard field goal.

McManus matched Carlson with a 52-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 13-10.

Carlson answered that with a career-long 57-yard field goal to tie it with 7:11 left, and McManus again put the Broncos ahead with a 48-yarder with 3:30 left.

Las Vegas then went 71 yards in 1:27 to set up Carlson’s 25-yarder to send it to overtime.

–Field Level Media