According to Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post, there’s no national media at the Broncos’ practice this week. Think that’s due to the fact the nobody has an interest? Absolutely not. The Broncos organization is trying to shield its players a little bit, particularly Tim Tebow, as they prepare for a huge divisional game against the Chiefs.
The team is just one game out of first place in the AFC West, and the Chiefs sit atop the division with a 4-4 record. (They own the tie breaker over the Raiders and Chargers).
The weather in Kansas City is supposed to be in the 60’s which is far warmer than last December’s game there when temperatures were in the teens.
The Chiefs have lost their last two, but before that won four in a row which included wins over the Raiders and the Chargers.
“They’ve got a good running attack, they’re well-coached,” John Fox said after Wednesday’s practice.
Despite not having Jamaal Charles (placed on the IR with a torn ACL suffered in week 2), the Chiefs are ranked 10th in rushing. Thanks to the trio of backs that the Chiefs use, they are able to move the chains and tire opposing defenses.
Jackie Battle is leading the team in rushing with 42.8 yards per game and 4.4 yards per carry. Thomas Jones has 12 less carries than Battle on the season because he’s struggled, averaging just 3.0 yards per carry. Dexter McCluster functions more as a receiving back, but he’s still averaging 4.5 yards per carry.
It’s hard to want a team to take a page out of the Dolphins’ book, which reads like a 1-7 horror story, but they did something right against the Chiefs last week, beating them at Arrowhead 31-3.
The key to their win was their defense. Their front four got nasty and stopped the run. The Chiefs longest run of the day went for 11 yards. The also brought intense pressure to Matt Cassel who becomes a head case when hurried. They sacked him five times and forced him to scramble nine times.
Catching the Chiefs is the Broncos only goal this week. To do that, they will fight tooth, nail, and
claw hoof in arguably the their biggest game to date.