Broncos vs. Chiefs: Live Game Grades and Analysis of Denver

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Broncos vs. Chiefs: Live Game Grades and Analysis of Denver
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Denver Broncos Game Grades
Positional Unit 1st-Half Grade Final Grade
Passing Offense C+ A-
Passing Defense C B-
Rushing Offense C B+
Rushing Defense B- B
Special Teams D C-
Coaching B- B

Week 13 vs. Chiefs

The Denver Broncos completed a season sweep of the Kansas City Chiefs, handing them their third straight loss on Sunday.

The Broncos trailed 21-7 before scoring 28 unanswered points and then holding off a late Kansas City rally to get a key road victory.

The Broncos (10-2) now have complete control of the AFC West and hold the top spot in the AFC playoff race.

They will head home to face the Tennessee Titans (5-7) next Sunday.


Final Score

Broncos - 35

Chiefs - 28


Final Analysis for the Denver Broncos

Passing Offense: Peyton Manning turned it up a notch in the second half, throwing for 271 yards to give him a total of 403 for the game. Manning threw five touchdowns, four of which went to Eric Decker. He took what the Kansas City defense gave him and consistently found Decker in man-to-man coverage for big plays.

Passing Defense: Alex Smith passed for 293 yards for the Chiefs and hit 11 different receivers. Denver safety Mike Adams made a big play late in the game to break up a pass intended for Dwayne Bowe in the end zone.

Rushing Offense: Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball were both effective on Sunday. Ball was able to get his first career 100-yard rushing game.

Rushing Defense: Jamaal Charles ran for 93 yards and a score in the game and the Chiefs as a whole averaged 6.4 yards per carry.

Special Teams: Andre Caldwell averaged just under 20 yards on three kick returns while filling in for an injured Trindon Holliday, who left the game early.

Coaching: The Broncos were much more up-tempo on offense in the second half and they had scoring drives of 80 and 92 yards in the third quarter. Head coach John Fox will resume his coaching duties starting Monday.


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First-Half Analysis for the Denver Broncos

Passing Offense: While Kansas City has yet to sack Peyton Manning, they have gotten much more pressure on him than they did in Denver and have hurried many of his throws. Manning has thrown two interceptions.

Passing Defense: Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith was efficient in the first half and the Chiefs averaged over 10 yards per reception. Denver linebacker Wesley Woodyard did have an interception in the end zone to thwart the Chiefs' first drive.

Rushing Offense: The Broncos have found no running room in Arrowhead Stadium, getting just 32 yards om the ground in the first half. They averaged just 2.7 yards per carry.

Rushing Defense: As they did in the first meeting, Denver has contained running back Jamaal Charles. However, Smith has picked up 40 yards with his feet.

Special Teams: After getting on the board to tie the game 7-7, Denver gave up a 108-yard kickoff return on the ensuing possession to Kansas City rookie Knile Davis. It was the longest play in Chiefs history.

Coaching: Jack Del Rio needs to figure out a way to get some pressure on Smith and disrupt Kansas City's short to intermediate passing game. Offensively, the run still needs to set up the pass.


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