The Denver Broncos won a football game for the first time since October.
Taking on an undermanned and ineffective Arizona Cardinals team, the Broncos forced three interceptions from quarterbacks Colt McCoy and Trace McSorley and rushed for 168 yards en route to a 24-15 victory. It snaps a five-game losing streak and slightly hurts Seattle’s draft position in the Russell Wilson trade for the first-round pick it received from Denver.
Wilson did not play against the Kansas City Chiefs due to a concussion. In his place was Brett Rypien, who was sacked seven times, lost a fumble and threw an interception. On the plus side, he completed 21 of 21 passes for 197 yards and had what was essentially a one-and-done hit to Eric Tomlinson.
McSorley had to fill in for McCoy after Kliff Kingsbury picked off a read-option keeper for Colt, who took an involuntary knee to the head, and you can figure out the rest from there. Arizona’s slim hope of a comeback was all but gone when this two-point conversion to DeAndre Hopkins clearly wouldn’t pass.
Half of Denver’s wins on the season have come in the NFC West.
Basically, this weekend was about as bad as it could get for the Seattle Seahawks in both the playoff race and Denver’s draft pick situation.
Project selection statusWith the Chicago Bears losing to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Broncos pick now drops from No. 2 overall to No. 3 in one Tankathon.
Next week: Christmas Day! Wilson is likely to return next week as the Broncos take on the Los Angeles Rams. That game could very well determine whether or not Denver ends up giving Seattle a top-5 pick.