Defensive Line Grade: B
There are no worries for a defense, which continues to play to the end of the whistle and game. Somehow all that changed for three minutes of the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday Night Football matchup. The Denver Broncos were back to their 2015 ways for 57 minutes, but when it mattered the most the unit let the team down.
Derek Wolfe returned from his injury supporting a brace on his right arm and performed admirably. Jared Crick continued his momentum from the Saints adding pressure in run defense. However, as the Chiefs are used to doing, they wear teams down with a rushing attack keeping the defense honest. This alone helps the passing assault of Alex Smith and his respective targets.
For the majority of the game the Broncos did a tremendous keeping their gap integrity strong and not limit Spencer Ware to monster gains. In the fourth quarter, the running game saw some daylight. Ware’s impressive run came in the final minutes and overtime. Darian Stewart attempted to break up the run to the left side, but Ware broke the tackle for a loss and stumbled forward for five yards. A “B” grade for Wolfe, Crick and the rest of the defensive seems appropriate given the team’s lack of focus late in the fourth quarter and overtime.