These are the kind of games I enjoy every once in a while. A pure 44-13 Mile High stomp on the Chiefs in enemy territory in front of a half filled Arrowhead Stadium makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Kyle Orton 1 Matt Cassel 0. That miserable 1-15 losing record in the month of December in Kansas City doesn’t mean much now. The Chiefs went home with their tails in between their legs and the Broncos continue to make a push in the AFC playoff race.
No one expected much from the Chiefs’ defense. Ranked 27th in rush defense and 30th in pass defense before today’s blowout, the only defensive highlight for the Chiefs came at halftime when they retired #58, Derrick Thomas’ number.
Correll Buckhalter (12 carries for 113 yds.) took the ball down the field while Knowshon Moreno (21 carries for 86 yds., 2 TDs) pounded it into the endzone. Game. Set. Match. Orton found his buddy, Brandon Marshall, 7 times for 94 yards and a score. Couple that with numerous short dump off passes to the tightends and the Broncos ability to catch the ball, and those 3 Orton turnovers didn’t mean a thing.
The Chiefs on the other hand couldn’t convert in the red zone, dropped wide open passes, couldn’t get a new set of downs, and turned the ball over 3 times, one fumble being returned for a TD by Andre Goodman. If anything could go wrong for the Chiefs, it did. They literally handed the game over to the Broncos after halftime when the Broncos put up 20 points in the 3rd quarter alone.
It was good to set the Chiefs straight. They may have beaten the Steelers and the Redskins which is something the Broncos couldn’t do, but make no mistake, the Broncos are the better team this year. If you still question that, get back to me on the night of January 3rd when the teams meet again, this time in Broncos country.
The stage has been set for next week. In fact, I can already smell the popcorn being popped. Could the Broncos be the team to snap the Colts’ 12-0 record? Could Dr. Doom take Peyton down to the ground. Can the Broncos experienced secondary stop Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon? Can the offensive line fend off Dwight Freeney? It’s all set to go down next week.
Do the Broncos have a good shot at winning in Indy next week? Leave a comment below.
Tags: Andre Goodman Brandon Marshall Correll Buckhalter Denver Broncos Derrick Thomas Dwight Freeny Indianapolis Colts Kansas City Chiefs Knowshon Moreno Kyle Orton Matt Cassel Peyton Manning Pierre Garcon Reggie Wayne