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Broncos will have a real quarterback in the lineup vs. Chiefs

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After playing without a real quarterback in Week 12 against the New Orleans Saints, the Denver Broncos will have a traditional gunslinger under center in Week 13 versus the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Broncos announced on Tuesday that Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles are off the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Lock will likely start for the Broncos against the Chiefs, who are 10-1 on the season and atop the AFC West standings. Denver, meanwhile, is 4-7 and in third place in the division after losing to the Saints at home.

Against the Saints, the Broncos completed just one pass and lost by a final score of 31-3. Kendall Hinton went 1-of-9 for 13 yards. He also threw two interceptions, but it was a heroic effort by a guy who hadn’t played quarterback since college.

The Broncos are going to be huge underdogs against the Chiefs, who have the best quarterback in the NFL in Patrick Mahomes. Kansas City defeated Denver back in Week 7, 43-16. Mahomes threw for 200 yards and one touchdown pass.

Lock has started eight games this season. He’s thrown for 1,767 yards and seven touchdowns. The 24-year-old has 11 interceptions and is only completing 55.6 percent of his passes.

It’s been really strange to see Broncos general manager John Elway miss on so many QBs ever since future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning retired. You would think one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history would be able to find Manning’s replacement, but thus far, Elway hasn’t accomplished that goal.