The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Denver Broncos in Week 8, a surprising result considering their recent track record.
Several factors played into this loss, including Patrick Mahomes having the flu and not being fully healthy.
After the game, several Chiefs players came out about their respective roles throughout the game, including newly-added receiver, Mecole Hardman.
In a postgame tweet, Hardman said “I lost us that game,” adding “That’s on me.”
I lost us that game! Gotta be better! That’s on me.
— Mecole Hardman Jr. (@MecoleHardman4) October 30, 2023
Hardman’s quote is about a punt return where he fumbled the ball that the Broncos recovered.
They eventually scored a touchdown off this turnover, which ended up being the difference in the game.
Their lead became insurmountable, and with Mahomes not fully healthy and not throwing a touchdown pass, the Broncos came away from this one with a victory.
When teams lose games they are not only expected to win but win handily, it can be easy for team members to blame themselves for the game’s outcome.
While Hardman’s fumbled punt might have led to a Broncos touchdown, the weight of this loss cannot be placed on him.
Football is a team game, and there were many moments throughout this game that the Chiefs could have played better, giving themselves a chance to compete.
The Broncos’ defense played better than they had in weeks past, stymying the Chiefs’ offense to their lowest team total of the season.
With this loss in the rearview, the Chiefs need to look forward to the coming weeks, hoping for better results.
Their next game is against the Miami Dolphins in Germany.
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