4 Keys To Victory In Denver/Recap


Special teams need rebound

Last Sunday was not a good day for the Chiefs kicking game in losing to the Raiders. They cannot afford another against the Broncos. Denver has a pair of punt return touchdowns from two different players – wide receivers Eddie Royal and Eric Decker. Amazingly, neither one is the primary returner on the season; that’s Quan Cosby. Punter Britton Colquitt has had a season that matches his brother’s and in some ways has surpassed Dustin. A TD off a return is something the Chiefs have not seen since the 2010 season opener. They need another one now. PUSH – The Chiefs got a strong performance from Dustin Colquitt in a game that was a real field-position battle especially in the second half. But otherwise the special teams really didn’t step forward.


Score some touchdowns

Over the last eight games, the Chiefs have not scored more than one touchdown in a game. In three of those games they didn’t score a single touchdown. It’s the biggest reason they are 2-6 in those last eight games. It’s not like they haven’t had the opportunities because they have had 17 trips to the scoring zone, but that produced only three TDs and eight FGs. FAILED – the Chiefs have now gone nine games where they have scored only one touchdown or none. They were never really close to a second touchdown in this game either.


Control the Broncos run/option game

Although it comes in a form different than it did during the glory days of Mike Shanahan as head coach, Denver can still run the ball; they in fact lead the league in rushing after 15 games, with an average of 161.1 yards per game. They also showed their affinity for the run game in the first meeting between these teams when the Broncos ran for 244 yards at Arrowhead. It was the worst rush defense performance of the season for Romeo Crennel’s unit; they can’t afford a similar performance. PUSH – Despite giving up 216 rushing yards, the option did not bother them at all. In fact, they were able to force a fumble on an option play. Only a handful of those plays broke, but none for more than 12 yards.


Stymie Any Tebow Comeback

There’s one way to stay out of the Tebow 4th Quarter Magic Show – don’t allow the Broncos even the slightest belief they can still win the game in the fourth quarter. For a team like the Chiefs that has trouble putting points on the board, this may be an impossible task. Denver has scored 118 points in the fourth quarter, compared to the 205 points the Chiefs have scored in all four quarters. But somehow they must establish a lead, protect it into the fourth quarter and not adding to the Tebow legend. SUCCESS, SORT OF – Tebow had two chances for his fourth quarter magic and he couldn’t pull it off. Give credit to the Chiefs defense for keep him under wraps and unable to make it happen. But, they couldn’t get the K.C. offense more productive and make the difference more than four points.

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