Broncos WR KJ Hamler 'could have walked in' on final play in loss to Colts

Broncos WR KJ Hamler 'could have walked in' on final play in loss to Colts

Denver Broncos wide receiver KJ Hamler slammed his helmet in frustration following an incomplete pass that sealed the 12-9 overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Denver faced fourth-and-1 from the 5-yard-line in overtime and elected to go for it and throw instead of kick a field goal. Hamler got wide open on the slant to Russell Wilson's right side, but the QB never looked his way, ultimately forcing a throw to Courtland Sutton against Stephon Gilmore that fell incomplete.

"I could go in," a frustrated Hamler told NFL Network's James Palmer after the game. The play is the epitome of a Broncos offense that can't get out of its own way and has been terrifying, especially through five games - 0-of-4 Thursday night - in the Red Zone.

"We got into the field early (in overtime)," Hammler said via the Denver Post. "We get into the red zone, that 'gold zone', we just have to learn how to push and how to finish. We can't come there empty. ... We're able to score 40 points (one game) especially with the quarterbacks we have."

The Broncos are nowhere close to scoring 40 points in any competition. He has scored a total of 64 points in five matches, with four swings below the 20-point mark. Twice the Broncos had the chance to run the ball in key spots on Thursday night. Twice he put it in Wilson's hands. Twice he came younger.

First, leading by three points in the fourth quarter before a two-minute warning and facing a third and -4, the Broncos, who were well on the drive, could have raised the cliff and, at the very least, six up. Kicked a field goal to go. Seeing as how the defense had shut out all games to Matt Ryan and the Colts, this could have been enough for the win. Instead, Wilson forced a ball to Tyree Cleveland which was intercepted.

Then in the final game, needing just one yard to continue the drive near the goal line, the Broncos again skipped the run and didn't even call a rollout for Wilson to have the option of scalping for the first down. The sequence of events surprised Richard Sherman, Wilson's former Seahawks teammate and current Prime Video analyst.

"On the last game, you got to run the ball," Sherman said. "Again. I wish I had Marshawn (Lynch) here. One yard. You need a yard. Run the ball. Run the ball! He's only got to run the football. Like, the criticism needed. I've said enough for him." Criticism. But god put it in danger, run the ball of danger!" Everyone involved in or watching Bronco's crime is dismayed at this point.