Kansas City Chiefs Trampled By Denver Broncos 49-29: Bye Week Makes a Difference
It looked today like the Denver Broncos took a page out of the Oakland Raiders scrapbook from their last game in Denver and the Kansas City Chiefs took a page from Denver's memory book.
The final score of Denver's beat-down on KC was 49-29 but wasn't even that close.
Denver put up 35 points on the Chiefs before KC even had all their equipment unpacked and the only way the Chiefs could move the ball was by punting it.
It seemed that for whatever reason, the Chiefs and their head coach really didn't want to play this game today.
And then there is much to be said for that ever-welcomed bye week in the NFL.
Players get healthier, coaches get smarter and things just seem to turn around.
Let's look at some of those turnarounds for the Broncos, shall we?
Yes Folks, There Really Is a Running Game In Denver
Bronco RB Knowshon Moreno had his best day as a Bronco this season, finishing with 106 rushing yards on 22 carries for a 4.8 YPC average.
This was his first 100 yard game this season and Denver finished with 153 rushing yards, almost 90 over their season average.
The re-emergence of the running game allowed Josh McDaniels to call a much better game as he finally had balance in his offense.
Moreno also had 50 yards receiving on 3 catches and a TD. He ran hard and ran smart and didn't get hurt.
It showed some of what was expected out of him when he was the first player taken by the Broncos in the 2009 draft.
The Denver Defense Showed Up and Stood Up
LB Mario Haggan had 3 of the 5 Denver sacks today and caused this fumble that was returned by fellow LB Jason Hunter for a 75 yard TD.
Denver had an Orange Crush-like goal line stand from inside the 3 yard line and held KC out of the end zone.
They also held the NFL-leading rushing team to 51 yards on 22 attempts for a 2.3 YPC average and 0 TDs.
Even though QB Matt Cassel had a career day with 469 yards and 4 TDs, much of that yardage was "empty" as they say as it came after the Chiefs were down and mostly out of the game.
In addition to the 4 sacks, Cassel was hit hard and often and will most likely spend most of tomorrow in the training room getting put back together.
This was the gutsiest game I have seen from the Bronco D this season and it came at the right time.
Kyle Orton Again Showed Why He Is The Starting QB For The Broncos
Mr. Orton ran this offense like clock work. He made the right reads, he moved around in and out of the pocket and threw with strength and accuracy.
He had an average (for him) day with 296 yards on 22 of 34 throws.
Oh, he also had 4 TDs and 0 INTs for a nifty passing rating of 131.5.
He showed great vision as he spread the ball to 7 different receivers and made some incredible throws into tight spaces and never looked rattled.
Orton showed again today why he is one of the best QBs in this game and maybe the best in this offensive scheme.
Brandon Lloyd Makes The Game Look So Easy
As this photo shows, Lloyd is maybe the best WR in being able to control his body as he makes the perfect catch.
This TD was a thing of beauty both from the WR perspective but also a tremendous throw from Orton. The effort was so good that it fooled the referee in that even he couldn't believe this was in bounds and had to be overturned with a replay.
And he does this every game so it is way beyond being a fluke. Lloyd finished with 6 catches for 90 yards and 2 TDs. He now has 968 total yards and 6 TDs in 9 games. He is on pace to finish the season with 1700 yards on 85 catches for a 20 YPC average.
And throw in the great supporting cast of rookie WR Demarius Thomas (3 catches for 51 yards), Slot R Eddie Royal (5 catches for 39 yards) plus some nifty running on a reverse and WR Jabar Gafney (3 catches for 51 yards) and a diving end zone TD grab,
I think Denver may have one of the top 3 WR corps in the NFL right now.
Denver's Offensive Line Isn't So Offensive Any More
The ridiculed, injured and shuffling O-line for Denver finally seemed to put it all together today.
By moving rookie Zane Beadles back to G where he is more comfortable and reinserting a healthy Ryan Harris at RT has made a huge difference.
Orton was never sacked and hardly had a stain on his uniform. He had the time to make the proper 2 and 3 checkdown reads and was never really challenged by the KC defense.
And when you can gain over 150 yards rushing, you have the makings of an offensive line like Denver used to have. They were opening big holes inside and sealing off the outside to allow some great runs and kept the KC defense off balance the entire game.
If they can continue this type of success, we will see an entirely different offense going forward and one that the opposing teams will have a much tougher time gameplanning for.
Tim Terrific: Making It Count When He Plays
Another game, another great contribution for Mr. Tebow.
He had 2 rushes for 2 yards and 1 TD plus he threw his first pass of the season for a 3 yard TD to FB Spencer Larsen. Which might make him the only QB in the NFL this year with a perfect one for one passing and a TD.
As Josh gets more comfortable with Tebow and Tebow gets more comfortable with this complex offense and the speed of the NFL game, we will see a lot more of him the rest of this year.
Why This Man Isn't Smiling
Chiefs head coach Todd Hailey came into this game knowing that a loss would put them into a tie with Oakland for the AFC Worst lead and would be his 2nd loss in a row.
And he left with that exact outcome.
He seemed a bit confused and lost throughout much of the game and also showed he was not a good sport.
At the end of the game, instead of shaking hands with Denver's head coach Josh McDaniels, he just shook his finger at him. I am not sure why because this loss could have been worse.
Maybe it shows that deep down, Haley just doesn't have much class.
Why This Lady Is Smiling
I can't read minds but I would guess it is:
1. because the Broncos kicked some Chief butt today, or
2.because she has a hot date after the game or
3. because she has Kyle Orton and Brandon Lloyd on her fantasy team.
Because if she did and started both of them today, I am sure she beat the pants off the rest of her league.