GIF Horse - Chopping down the Chiefs I canít remember the last time Broncos Country has been so down while their team had a winning record Youth Bradley Roby Jersey , but here we are. Itís not completely surprising given that Denver has beaten two teams that look ready to compete for the top of the draft in close fashion while losing a game in all facets to a Ravens team that looks ready to contend for the playoffs. There are a few positives to glean from the Baltimore game, but thereís hardly time for morale victories with Kansas City on the horizon. Letís dive in.The Good - This rookie class looks special.Ravens were ready for Woods coverage calls from the start, but Bradley Chubb got home. Through 3 weeks Bradley Chubb has been a monster so far. He has put up pressure in spades and should only improve as he further acclimates to opposing offenses. His play hasnít resulted in a ton of individual numbers so most casual fans and media outlets havenít noticed, but heís been really impressive.Courtland Sutton is beating people with sheer talent. Wait Ďtil he figures out the nuances of the position. If you were paying attention back during the draft, Denver was looking hard at Will Hernandez but pivoted to a raw receiver out of SMU when the Giants took the apple of their eye. Since then Courtland Sutton has done nothing but look like the heir apparent to Demaryius Thomas as the too big, too fast monster. Whatís really exciting is that heís still just figuring it out. Barring injury, he should only get better as the year goes on.While Lindsayís gotten all the love, Freeman has quietly been a very steady producer for the Musgrave offense. The Thunder back in the Broncos backfield, Royce Freeman did just about all he could with the chances provided to carry Denver to victory Sunday. He routinely flashes the kind of power, vision and burst that had me so high on him for my first GIF Horse. The Bad - In a word? Keenum.He had pressure in his face, but this is a bad read and terrible decision. The play above effectively ended the comeback attempt and while the situation demanded a sense of urgency Keenum would have been better served throwing this away. Easier said than done of course with pressure coming up the middle, but Keenum doesnít have the kind of arm where a throw off his back foot is ever a good idea. Itís easy to point to the interception, but that alone fails to capture the struggle.Week 3 Quick Reads | Football OutsidersAs optimistic as I was going into the season, itís fair to start to wonder if the questionable play will elevate or if Keenum is what he is.So far Keenum in 2018 is not even playing as well as TS did in 2017ís first quarter of the season. He could improve http://www.broncosauthorizedshops.co...-miller-jersey , every quarterback has iffy play from time to time but many of the interceptions have been bad decisions. Hardly the most efficient way to spend $20 million.Now as bad as that is, thereís a hidden bit of good beneath Keenumís struggles: this offense has a lot of talent. Musgrave doesnít need the QB to beat the world, he just has to make smarter decisions with the football and let the playmakers do the rest. Case showed with the Vikings he could potentially do that. If he wants to retire a Bronco as he said before the season started, itís time he played within his capabilities. Take the check downs when theyíre there and throw the ball away if the alternative is disaster.Denver Broncos 3rd and long: pecked to death by the Baltimore Ravens - Mile High ReportThe Ugly - Denverís 3 fatal flaws 3 games in.This is what happens when stopping the run > defending against the pass in 2018. Baltimoreís tight ends caught 4 of the 5 passes thrown their way Sunday and could have done more damage if the game had been closer. Suía Cravensí absence has stopped being a convenient excuse for the woeful defense against tightends. Woods has to do more without compromising the rest of the integrity of the defense, but it remains to be seen if he can. Play action has also been a huge issue in every game so far this year. There are times this is combined with number 1, as in the play above. It isnít just one player, which is a sign thereís a coaching issue. Since Joseph and Woods have come to Denver, the Broncos D has become a sandpit for opposing running backs, but itís a passing league. Teams will gladly trade the running game for wide open receivers.The Broncos secondary lacks the talent to simply line up in Cover 1 and win every down. Iím already running out of ways to say Joe Woods needs to mix up his coverages. It was a key last week following the Raiders game and that noise will only get louder the longer Denverís defensive coordinator throws an over-matched secondary into man coverage time and again. Harris has said it, Joe Flacco basically said it. Joe Woods and Vance Joseph need to adjust. Before the Baltimore beat down, Denverís hogs looked like one of the better units in the league. They were the only team in the league to have a line ranking among Football Outsiders best in Adjusted Line Yards and Adjusted Sack Rate. Then Suggs and Wink Martindaleís zone blitzí exposed the unit as a work in progress. Keep in mind that Keenumís struggles spill over into the sack rate a great deal, but as the tweet above illustrates: Bolles will still have his fair share of really bad plays, even if you forget his bear hug holds.The good news? It sounds like Chiefs edge rusher Dee Ford could be limited or absent Monday night. If he canít go it will be a combination of rookie Breeland Speaks and second-year outside linebacker Tanoh Kpassagnon manning his spot. Denverís going to need to score points to keep up with KC, so any little bit helps. Keeping up with Kansas CityPlay designs like this with the talent KC has on offense are all but impossible to stop. Every Broncos fan Iíve talked to since the season started has said some version of ďthe league will figure out the KC offense.Ē That may be true to an extent. Reid has always been harder to defend in September than November. At the same time Authentic Jeff Heuerman Jersey , Reid has never had an offense with as much raw talent as his 2018 Chiefs. Nothing fancy, just 3 verticals to the left here. The problem defensive coordinators are currently having with Mahomes and the Chiefs is thereís too much speed on their offense to defend. Reid has always stressed defenses horizontally, which is a big part of the success Alex Smith had. Last year they began to push the ball downfield more and thatís continued into this season.There are 3 different receivers open during parts of this play. Thatís insane. Whatís changed is that between Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, and Travis Kelce, Kansas City has so much speed that few if any secondaries can truly bottle them up. Then you add Mahomesí arm and willingness to go deep? Itís a lethal combination.As I alluded to for Horse Tracks yesterday, the Broncos are among the worst teams in the league against deep passes, tight ends and throws to the middle of the field.They arenít going to stop Mahomes. The question is: can they slow him down enough to keep up? When Mahomeís been taken down he often has underneath options he never saw. There is little doubt Mahomes will become more adept at finding his check downs when faced with threatening pass rush, but his affinity for bombs has left him susceptible to blind spots. Mahomes is always looking for the home run, which leaves him missing singles and doubles at times. Now itís not as if he hasnít found the hot reads more often than not. He has, but if thereís a hole in his game that can be exploited that seems to be it. It could be incredibly frustrating for fans but Woods may be wise to move closer to an Oakland game plan where he gives up the underneath in order to force Kansas City to complete a million passes rather than one. It will require a few wrinkles sprinkled in to keep the Chiefs off balance, but that would provide Von Miller and the Orange Rush more opportunities to cause an errant throw. Donít be surprised if Mahomes winds up in empty as a way to combat this. Reid and the Chiefs used this to devastating effect against the Steelers and has sprinkled it into every game so far. The pass rush has to get home if they see it Monday. Houston looked like his old self at times last week. On offense the game plan should be simple. Keep Justin Houston quiet and play keep away ball. It wonít be easy, as theyíre better than theyíve been given credit for so far. Kendall Fuller and the secondary has done an admirable job minus Eric Berry while Chris Jones has flashed along the defensive line.