Mile High Beatdown: Broncos Dominate Chiefs, 49-29

The Broncos embarrassed the Chiefs in Denver on Sunday.

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Kansas City Chiefs Vs. Denver Broncos: KC Adds Late TD; Trail 49-23

The Kansas City Chiefs aren't completely dead -- but they're close. The Denver Broncos had this game wrapped up when they went up 35-0 but the Chiefs have put up some points on offense to make this less of a blowout. Yeah, I'm trying to rationalize 49-23.

The Chiefs drove 83 yards in 15 plays culminating in a Matt Cassel TD pass to Chris Chambers. The Chiefs failed on the two-point conversion and midway through the fourth quarter the Broncos lead, 49-23.

Dwayne Bowe's having a career day with 11 catches for 164 yards and a TD. Unfortunately, all of Denver is having a career day, or so it seems.

If you want a positive spin on things, since 4:20 left in the second quarter, the Chiefs have outscored the Broncos 23-14. Of course, the Broncos were up 35-0 before that.

The Chiefs are down big against the Broncos, 49-23.


Eric Berry's Field Goal Return Momentarily Lifts Chiefs Before Halftime

The Kansas City Chiefs are getting absolutely embarrassed against the Denver Broncos. The score at halftime: 35-10.

The Broncos went 80 and 82 yards on their first drives and it was way too easy for them. Kyle Orton flung the ball around with ease as the Broncos moved to a 21-0 first quarter lead. Orton ended the first quarter with 146 yards and three TD passes. The Broncos are even able to rush the ball which they haven’t done much of this season. Knowshon Moreno is the leading rusher with 67 yards on eight carries. The Broncos fourth TD came off of a Matt Cassel fumble returned for a touchdown (75 yards). Their fifth TD came courtesy of a Tim Tebow goal line run.

Offensively the Chiefs started to move the ball late in the second half. Matt Cassel has completed 12-of-16 passes for 169 yards and one TD. The Chiefs went 83 yards in 9 plays in 4:20 for their first score of the game with 1:28 left in the half. The Broncos attempted a field goal with less than a minute left in the first half and it was short so Eric Berry, back deep in case of a return, took it back 79 yards to put the Chiefs in field goal range. Ryan Succop added the score making it 35-10.

The Chiefs leading receiver at the half is Dwayne Bowe with five receptions for 66 yards. Verran Tucker has one reception for 38 yards and Tony Moeaki added 34 yards.

If the Chiefs are going to come back it would be because of a miracle. They’re simply getting outplayed and making too many mistakes to hang with the Broncos right now.


Kansas City Chiefs Vs. Denver Broncos: Dexter McCluster, Kendrick Lewis Inactive

The Kansas City Chiefs will be without the services of WR Dexter McCluster for the third consecutive game. McCluster has an ankle injury (reported to be a high ankle sprain) that's been hampering him.

Also inactive for the Chiefs are two safeties -- S Jon McGraw and S Kendrick Lewis. That means Donald Washington will get the start at safety. Ricky Price was activated from the practice squad this week so he will be filling in as well.

The rest of the inactives: RB Tim Castille, S Reshard Langford, LB Corey Mays, LB Justin Cole and NT Anthony Toribio. Mays is the only slight surprise on that list.

The situation at safety is an important one to keep an eye on as the Broncos are one of the better passing teams in the league. I would expect Denver targets Washington to take advantage of his youth.


NFL Injury Report: Chiefs May Have A Safety Missing

The Kansas City Chiefs placed four players on the injury report this week for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.

G Brian Waters has a shoulder injury and we're not sure whether he's expected to play or not. If he can't go, Jon Asamoah would take his spot (or Ryan Lilja would and Asamoah would take Lilja's spot). Asamoah played well in relief of Lilja a few weeks ago so this wouldn't be a significant loss for the Chiefs.

S Jon McGraw and S Kendrick Lewis were both listed as questionable. The Chiefs elevated S Ricky Price to the active roster this weekend suggesting one of those safeties may not be able to go. They all traveled to Denver so it will likely be a game-time decision.

WR Dexter McCluster was listed as questionable with an ankle injury although many are not expecting him to play.

The Chiefs injuries this week aren't significant although there's a thought that McCluster's absence is hurting more than we realize.


D.J. Williams Reported DUI Arrest Puts Status In Question For Chiefs-Broncos Game In Question

Broncos LB D.J. Williams was arrested for DUI on Friday morning according to 7 News in Denver. He was pulled over about 2:50 a.m. Friday morning and is believed to be in a detox facility as of 10:16 a.m. (central). The Broncos have declined comment on the situation.

Williams is one of the Broncos better players with 72 tackles and four sacks on the season.

The Broncos defense is already having trouble stopping the run so this certainly can't help. The Broncos should announce by Friday afternoon whether Williams will be active for the game.

The Chiefs and Broncos meet on Sunday in Denver.


Kansas City Chiefs Defense Vs. Denver Broncos Offense

The Kansas City Chiefs will head to Denver this weekend to take on the Broncos in the divisional rivals' first matchup of the year. There are some very clear strengths and weaknesses of each team so this should be an interesting game to see how each side exploits their strengths and combats their weaknesses.

Here's what the stats say about the Broncos offense vs. Chiefs defense.

Points: The Chiefs defense has been very good all year while the Broncos offense has struggled at times getting into the end zone. They were on fire it seemed early in the season but things have cooled down as they've lost four consecutive games. Still, though, this is a good offense and can put up points.

Chiefs defense: 18.1 (8th)

Broncos offense: 19.2 (24th)

Total yards: The Broncos put up a ton of yards, most of them passing. The Chiefs are about average in yards and have done a good job in the red zone this year.

Chiefs defense: 331.2 (15th)

Broncos offense: 363.5 (8th)

Pass yards: This is the Broncos strength and the best thing they do. They've got a great passing game and WR Brandon Lloyd leads the league in receiving yards. Clearly the Broncos like to pass the ball and they do it well. This is a major test for the Chiefs young secondary.

Chiefs defense: 232.9 (21st)

Broncos offense: 296.2 (3rd)

Rush yards: The Broncos don't run the ball hardly at all relative to the rest of the teams in the league. The Chiefs shouldn't have a problem stopping the run.

Chiefs defense: 98.4 (9th)

Broncos offense: 67.2 (32nd)

Analysis: The Chiefs do a good job against opponents that are one-dimensional and that's the case with the Broncos. Kyle Orton and the Broncos will get their yards but expect the Chiefs to approach them in a similar manner to the one in which they faced Peyton Manning. They played the pass almost the entire game, didn't blitz much and kept everything in front of them. They'll hope Orton makes a mistake. Romeo Crennel will have something in store for them. I'm fairly confident in the Chiefs defense against this offense.

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