Broncos-Chiefs: Denver Earns Huge Win Over Kansas City

Brad JamesCorrespondent IDecember 7, 2008

Let the hating commence! There are some people who just don't want to acknowledge that the Denver Broncos are legitimate contenders this season (see Michael Lombardi of nationalfootballpost, and jealous Charger fans).

Much to the detriment of the haters, the Broncos perhaps proved themselves to be more relevant than any other point this season, although they only vanquished the 2-10 Kansas City Chiefs.

Good teams respond to adversity in an effective manner, and that's precisely what the Broncos did against Kansas City.

After Tony Gonzalez hauled in a 13-yard touchdown reception for a 17-7 Chiefs lead in the second quarter, the Broncos proceeded to seize control.

It wasn't always pretty but Denver overcame an injury to yet another tailback as Peyton Hillis had hamstring trouble, but Tatum Bell filled in admirably, and Cutler was, for the most part, magnificent.

The heralded signal-caller out of Vanderbilt completed 32 of 40 passes for 286 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception and didn't allow the ill effects of an interception returned for a score by Maurice Leggett to destroy his confidence.

As for the rest of the season for the Broncos, things should be favorable for them as they face what could be a tough game at Carolina, although they are 3-0 against the NFC South thus far.

They will then close with Buffalo and San Diego, each of which will probably be out of playoff contention by the time the Broncos face them.

10 wins is plausible and even 11 wins isn't too outlandish, so look out NFL, here come the Denver Broncos!