Chiefs vs. Broncos: Live Grades and Analysis for Kansas City

Brett GeringCorrespondent INovember 17, 2013

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The Kansas City Chiefs penned a valiant defensive effort, but back-breaking mistakes and missed opportunities ultimately handed them their first loss of the 2013 season.


Kansas City - 17

Denver - 27

Kansas City Chiefs Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradeFinal Grade
Passing OffenseD+C-
Running OffenseB-B-
Running DefenseAA+
Passing DefenseC-D+
Special TeamsB+C+
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Game analysis for the Kansas City Chiefs

Passing Offense: The effectiveness of Kansas City’s passing game swung back and forth like a pendulum. Receivers continuously dropped passes, and while Alex Smith heaved a handful of pinpoint spirals, the number of misfires overshadowed them. Dwayne Bowe served as the only viable threat, reeling in a touchdown and four receptions for 57 yards (and also forcing two defensive penalties). 

Rushing Offense: The Chiefs averaged 5.7 yards per carry, but only handed the ball off 24 times. Jamaal Charles (16 carries, 78 yards) became more potent as the game unfolded, but the offense was unable to tack on seven in a critical goal-line stand by the Broncos defense. 

Rushing Defense: Broncos running backs were stonewalled time and again. Denver attempted 36 rushes but only managed to average a meager 2.9 yards per carry. Dontari Poe and Derrick Johnson successfully clogged the interior on a down-to-down basis. 

Passing Defense: Peyton Manning aired it out for 323 yards and a touchdown on 24-of-40 passing. Due to the conservative play-calling (which was the right decision), Kansas City’s vaunted pass rush rarely surfaced throughout the night. 

Special Teams: Dustin Colquitt and Ryan Succop were predictably consistent from start to finish. However, the punt-return unit struggled to create lanes for Dexter McCluster.

Coaching: In the fourth quarter, the Chiefs were trailing by 14 points and facing a 4th-and-7 on Denver’s 41-yard line. Andy Reid elected to punt, despite a two-possession deficit and only 21 yards residing between the line of scrimmage and a touchback. The conservative call resulted in a three-possession game. 

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17:   Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates his second quarter touchdown against the Denver Broncos with teammates at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensin
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First-half analysis for the Kansas City Chiefs 

Passing Offense: The aerial attack was largely inept throughout the first quarter due to dropped and batted passes. Given the amount of drops, Alex Smith’s stats aren’t particularly reflective of his performance. Anthony Sherman also coughed up the football in Denver territory.

Running Offense: Jamaal Charles was relatively quiet until he inevitably broke the restraints on a 35-yard run. The star-studded halfback finished with 10 rushes for 58 yards as the first two quarters drew to a close. 

Running Defense: Broncos running backs repeatedly crashed into brick walls. Despite losing rushing roadblock Mike DeVito to injury, Dontari Poe and Co. dictated the line of scrimmage and thwarted Denver’s ground game. 

Passing Defense: Demaryius Thomas treated Marcus Cooper like his annoying little brother. The physically imposing wideout finished the half with four receptions for 116 yards. Kansas City’s defense won its fair share of battles, but Manning remained markedly efficient.

Special Teams: Dustin Colquitt, to no surprise, booted another signature punt that pinned the Denver offense inside of its own 5-yard line. Ryan Succop added his 19th field goal of the season. 

Coaching: Throughout the Chiefs’ first two drives, Andy Reid largely avoided running the ball. The balance improved throughout the half. 


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