The entire NFL had a close watch on the Sunday Night Football game between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 11. The Broncos were able to handle the Chiefs their first loss of the season by winning 27-17 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
The win ensured the 26th all-time winning season for the Broncos. It also catapulted them to the top of the AFC West and the best record in football.
Each week, the Broncos seem to be extending or beating some NFL record, and Week 11 was no different. With 27 points against the Chiefs, the Broncos scored 25 or more points for their 15th straight regular season game—a new NFL record.
This victory was their ninth consecutive win in divisional play, good for the second-longest streak in team history. This was also their 12th consecutive victory at home, a mark that is tied for the third-longest streak in team history.
After the game, Broncos interim head coach Jack Del Rio first commented on the injuries to three key players. "OK, let me discuss the injury list that I have here for you. First, [S] Rahim Moore with a lower leg injury, did not return. [TE] Julius Thomas also had a lower leg injury and then [WR] Wes Welker had a concussion. Those were the three I was given on the injury list."
Del Rio continued, and he talked about how proud he was of the team for beating such a tough opponent.
Great, great night of football. Two very good football teams going at each other. I thought our fans were tremendous. I was told on the way in we only had 74 no-shows, which means that place was full and rocking, and it was awesome. So I appreciate it that the fans were out there. It was a good, hard-fought game. It’s a good football team. We knew that coming in. Again, a good home victory in the division. We know we’re going to see them again in two weeks and we know that will be another tough game, but we’ll enjoy this one tonight.
The Broncos continue to play better on defense, and they showed up in a big way against the Chiefs offense. Jamaal Charles is one of the best running backs in the game today, yet the Broncos kept him from rushing for more than 100 yards on Sunday night.
In fact, the Broncos held Charles below 100 all-purpose yards in Week 11. His 72 total yards were the lowest statistical output of the season (previous low 96 vs. Bills).
Denver's defense was suffocating against the pass as well. They came into the week ranked as the 30th passing defense in the league, allowing an average of 287.9 yards per game. The Broncos were able to hold Alex Smith to only 230 yards in Week 11.
Many questions about the Broncos were answered against the Chiefs. They played hard and beat a quality opponent to set themselves up for playoff positioning.
Check out the grades for each Broncos player against the Chiefs.
Cecil Lammey is a B/R Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotations in this article were obtained firsthand. Record information was provided via email from the Denver Broncos.