Chiefs vs. Broncos: 7 Things That We Learned from Kansas City's 7-3 Win

Bill Robbins@bill_kc28Correspondent IJanuary 2, 2012

Chiefs vs. Broncos: 7 Things That We Learned from Kansas City's 7-3 Win

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    The Kansas City Chiefs picked up a big win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon in the Mile High city.

    In a game that turned into a defensive slugfest, KC was able to notch the only touchdown in the contest and score a 7-3 victory over their division rivals from the west.

    Here are seven things that we learned from this Chiefs win over Denver in Week 17.

Kyle Orton Showed Signs That He Could Excel with This Offense in the Future

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    After just three games as the team's starting QB, it's tough to make a solid evaluation of Kyle Orton during his time with the Chiefs.

    He's likely not going to be the future of this franchise at that position, but KC still might have something in the ex-Bronco.

    Even without a strong RB, Orton showed that he could move his offense down the field once again on Sunday, which was something that the team was lacking with QBs Matt Cassel and Tyler Palko.

    If the Chiefs decided to re-sign Orton this offseason, he could do some good things with these receivers, once they get more comfortable playing with one another.

Dexter McCluster Could Get a Bigger Role with the Offense Going Forward

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    For the second straight week, RB Dexter McCluster had a good game for this offense.

    He had several big runs on the day and finished with 86 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown for his efforts.

    Without DMC stepping up and playing like he has in the last two games, it's easy to say that the Chiefs might not have had a chance to win either game near the end.

    With all of the playmakers who KC possesses on the offensive side of the ball, it's unknown how many touches McCluster will get the ball next season, but he at least warrants a bigger role with the offense the way he has played to end this season.

Romeo Crennel Made Some Great Adjustments Against Tim Tebow and Co.

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    For the second time in three weeks, the game ball should go to interim head coach Romeo Crennel for his defensive masterpiece that he orchestrated against the Broncos on Sunday.

    Even though the KC defense did allow 145 rushing yards to Denver back Willis McGahee, they literally dominated every other facet of the Broncos offense.

    That included limiting QB Tim Tebow to just 76 yards of total offense in the entire contest and forcing him to commit two turnovers as well.

    It's unclear right now whether Crennel will be the Chiefs' next head coach, but he has already made his mark on this team as their defensive coordinator in his two seasons on the job.

This Defense Is Going To Be Fun To Watch Next Season and Beyond

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    Who could say that they saw this performance coming from the Chiefs defense?

    They held the Broncos offense to just 266 total yards, but more importantly, they limited them to just three points all game.

    This is a very encouraging sign for a unit that still was lacking an identity heading into the season.

    With star safety Eric Berry likely to return to the mix for next season, this defense could be elite very soon.

Justin Houston Was the ROY for the Chiefs This Season

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    Rookie OLB Justin Houston came on strong to end the '11 campaign.

    In this game, he had 1.5 sacks and applied a lot of pressure on Tim Tebow.

    Houston finished with sack QB takedowns for the year and give Chiefs fans a lot to hope for next season.

    He's the clear winner for this team's ROY award for this season.

The Chiefs Need To Make the RT Position a Major Priority This Offseason

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    If you've watched the Chiefs at all this season, then you know that the right tackle position is one of their greatest weaknesses.

    Fourth-year man Barry Richardson currently mans that spot, and he has struggled mightily all year.

    Against Denver on Sunday, he had yet another penalty and was beaten several times off the edge.

    Now with the season over, it's time to get a new RT in the offseason that will help upgrade the right side of the KC offensive line for years to come.

Thomas Jones Has Likely Played His Last Game for Kansas City

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    Veteran RB Thomas Jones had another disappointing performance for the Chiefs offense this week.

    The former University of Virginia star had just 42 yards on 15 carries, for an anemic 2.8 YPC average.

    With this being the final game on Jones' two-year contract with the organization, I wouldn't expect him to be back next season.

    In fact, I think this might have been the final game of his long 12-year NFL career as well.