Nov 30, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) carries the football in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s not allow hyperbole to get in the way of what we saw.
This was the most impressive win of the season for the Denver Broncos.
Ask the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks how tough it is to play at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Broncos thumped the Kansas City Chiefs 29-16. Yes, Denver has to get better in the red zone. Yes, the offensive play calling in the second half was head shaking.
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But this is about the Denver defense and the run game. If the Broncos (9-3) can play shutdown, physical defense like this the last four games of the season, they won’t lose. This kind of performance is what we have expected to see.
For the second game in a row, Denver dominated the line of scrimmage on offense and C.J. Anderson went off once again. If the Broncos can dominate with the running game like this the last four games of the season, they won’t lose.
It’s not just the last four games either.
This is how teams win in the playoffs. This is how teams win the Super Bowl.
The other benefit of this game is that we can stop talking about kickers. Connor Barth tied the Broncos single-game record with five field goals.
As mentioned earlier, Denver has to get better in the red zone. The play calling has to be better. Peyton Manning has to be better. The receivers have to be better. Don’t forget that tight end Jacob Tamme and Demaryius Thomas dropped touchdowns.
Nov 30, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Denver Broncos kicker Connor Barth (1) kicks a field goal against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
On the list of areas for the Broncos to concern themselves with, the red zone isn’t one of them. And give credit to Kansas City’s defense. This is the same unit that whopped up on and got Tom Brady benched.
If Denver dominates both lines of scrimmage, it will win in January and February.
That’s the type of game plan and team that travels. If the Broncos perform like that, it doesn’t matter where they play.
And you know the red zone will improve.
That’s what makes this game so great to see. There are still areas to improve upon.
But let’s not let any of that dampen this performance or win.
There are no style points in the NFL. This isn’t gymnastics or figure skating where you’re judged based on performance. You’re judged based on the wins you compile.
In this win, it was complete domination. Given how Denver has struggled on the road, this was important for the mental aspects of this team as much as the physical.
In a big game, it was nice to finally see this “team” rise to the occasion. It was nice to see Manning not have to carry this offense or team.
Simply put: It was by far the most impressive win of the season.
Nov 30, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) is sacked by Denver Broncos strong safety Quinton Carter (38) and defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports