Broncos Avalanche Rolls Over Chiefs

From Invesco Field, Denver

Now, about those January plans and maybe using tickets for post-season games as presents at Christmas time … well those plans need to be rethought.

The Chiefs once powerful lead in the AFC West disappeared under the avalanche of the Denver Broncos offense on Sunday. Behind QB Kyle Orton’s four touchdown passes the Broncos got out to a big lead and rolled to a 49-29 butt kicking victory over the Chiefs.

The loss dropped the Chiefs record to 5-4 and they now share a record and first-place in the AFC West with Oakland. In fact, the Raiders actually have a half-game edge because they own a victory over the Chiefs. Right now, Todd Haley’s team is just 1-2 in the division and they’ve lost two straight and four of their last six games.

“We got it handed to us in all three phases pretty good today,” said Haley. “A different loss than what we’ve overcome this year. Games like this will test your mettle and test your character.”

Before the day was done for the Broncos, they had scored seven touchdowns and racked up more than 450 yards. Orton threw 34 passes and wasn’t sacked. RB Knowshon Moreno ran for 106 yards, while the Chiefs offense produced just 51 rushing yards on 22 carries. Broncos LB Mario Haggan had three sacks.  

“The Broncos came out ready to play and they dominated us,” said QB Matt Cassel, who also threw for four touchdown passes and 469 yards as the Chiefs were in that catch-up mode all afternoon. “They came out of the gate, they got the lead and it never stopped.”

That’s an understatement. Denver jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, and had a 35-0 lead in the first half, before the Chiefs were able to snag a touchdown and a field and trailed by 25 points at half-time. But in the third quarter they pushed that lead back to 35 points with the first touchdown of the second half. There was no way the Chiefs were going to be able to overcome that kind of deficit with the team they currently have.

“When you get behind like that you become one-dimensional and you have to get points on the board quickly,” Cassel said. “We went into a two-minute mode. We had some success but it was a tough game all-around for us.”

The first quarter was about as poor a performance that the Chiefs have had for 15 minutes in sometime. They came into the game with a 24-13 edge in points in the first period. By the time the first quarter was over, they were down 21-0.

Denver had not scored any points on their first possession in the season’s initial eight games, but they had no trouble doing that on this Sunday. They went out and established control of the game and never allowed it out of their hands.

“I think that when certain things start to happen to you early in the game – good or bad – I think that really affects how your team plays,” said Denver head coach Josh McDaniels. “It doesn’t mean that you have to play that way the whole game. I just know that sometimes in this league, that’s what happens. This game tonight, the feeling and the vibe and energy on our sideline was incredible.”

Well it should have been. The Broncos came into the game with a 2-6 record and just three weeks ago they got hammered by the Raiders 59-14. But as they started the second half of their season after enjoying a bye last week, they were ready, willing and able to play their best game of the season.

“I thought our guys responded with great focus today,” said McDaniels. “Hopefully this is a performance that we can build on and use to improve.”

Denver had the ball for three possessions in the quarter and scored each time. The Chiefs defense was helpless to stop the Broncos, giving up 215 yards on 20 offensive plays.

The first score came on an eight-play, 80-yard drive with the big playing being a 37-yard Orton to Lloyd pass that beat double-coverage from FS Donald Washington and CB Brandon Carr. Four plays later, Orton dumped a pass off to RB Knowshon Moreno, who weaved his way through the Chiefs defense for a touchdown. The PAT kick made it 7-0 Denver.

Less than eight minutes later, it was 14-0 Denver, as Orton led them on a nine-play, 82-yard drive that ended with a six-yard TD pass to Lloyd at the back of the end zone where he beat Carr. Denver picked up four first downs in the possession.

The Chiefs offense went three plays and out, and Orton only needed three plays this time to go 53 yards for another touchdown. He hooked up with WR Jabar Gaffney on a 40-yard touchdown deep down the middle, beating LB Derrick Johnson, S Ricky Price and S Eric Berry. TV instant replay showed that the ball may have hit the ground at the end of the catch by Gaffney and Haley challenged the call.

After a long period of time in the replay viewer, referee Mike Carey came out to announce that the system was “inoperable” and thus the TD would stand. The PAT kick made the score 21-0 and there was still 89 seconds to play in the first quarter.

The mere change of quarters did not slow down the Broncos, however. The first time they got the ball in the second quarter the Denver offense went 58 yards on eight plays, with their good starting field position set up when Ryan Succop missed a 52-yard field goal.

The big play on the drive was a 22-yard completion from Orton to rookie WR Demaryius Thomas that set up the Broncos at the Kansas City one-yard line. That’s when QB Tim Tebow came in and scored untouched on a one-yard run and the PAT kick made it 28-0.

The lead soon grew to 35-0 when Cassel was sacked by Haggan, fumbled the ball, it was picked up by LB Jason Hunter and returned 75 yards for a touchdown. With the PAT kick, Denver now had a five-touchdown lead.

The Chiefs finally got on the scoreboard as Cassel hit RRB Jamaal Charles for a five-yard touchdown throw with just under 90 seconds to play in the first half. Ryan Succop hit the PAT kick and it was 35-7.

The special teams was able to produce one of the few big plays of the game for the Chiefs, as SS Eric Berry caught a 58-yard field goal attempt by Denver’s Matt Prater that was short and returned the ball 87 yards to the Broncos 22-yard line. Succop came in and hit a 40-yard field goal on the final play of the half and it was 35-10.

Any hope the Chiefs had rested on the first possession of the second half. Down 25 points, they needed to score at every opportunity. But the offense went three plays-and-out and after a Dustin Colquitt punt, Denver took over at its 40-yard line.

Ten plays later, Tebow threw his first NFL touchdown pass, hitting FB Spencer Larsen on a three-yard play and with the extra point, the Broncos lead was 32 points and there was no hope for the Chiefs to turn things around.

Especially when on their next possession, they had 1st-and-goal from the Denver one-yard line. They took four cracks at it and didn’t get across the goal line.

Late in the third quarter they got a second touchdown as Cassel connected with Bowe for a 15-yard touchdown. But Denver came right back and Orton completed a 10-play, 66-yard drive with a 15-yard TD pass to Lloyd that was ruled no good, but changed after a Broncos replay challenge.

Over the rest of the fourth quarter, the Chiefs scored a couple of meaningless touchdowns, as Cassel connected with WR Chris Chambers for an 11-yard score and then 22 yards to Bowe. The Chiefs went for two points after both scores, but failed. Bowe finished the game with a career high 13 catches for 186 yards and two touchdowns.

That last TD set the final at 49-29 and the Chiefs now face a final seven-game stretch where if they want to be a contender, they have blow any margin of error they had accumulated.

“This will test what you are as men,” said Haley. “A game like this will really test our resolve as a team.”

14 Responses to “Broncos Avalanche Rolls Over Chiefs”

  • November 14, 2010  - el cid says:

    Gosh help us. Re-read the last paragraph. Sometimes Haley has not got a clue. Your defense played as if they were from the little sisters of the poor flag football team. Your special team was in one game, the first, all year. You offense is what it is. And this tests your resolve? Got to be kidding. Your 2010 version of the Chiefs have hit rock bottom. I guess it would really test your resolve if you lost the rest of the season. Shot for the bottom, I guess.

  • November 14, 2010  - cychief24 says:

    Cassel reminds me of bumbling Billy the boob Kinney. When the game is tight, so is he. Every pass is off a little; receivers are exposed to big hits; he coughs up turnovers for TD’s, etc.
    When the game is lost and out of reach, the stats explode for meaningless yards and scores.
    Those first two 3 and outs were crucial.
    Why has Weis abandoned our great rushing attack???

    Another killer was both FS being out. Washington and Price were out of position all day. Why not blitz them more?

  • November 14, 2010  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Perhaps not ready for prime time but still my team. I never thought we were as close as we seemed earlier and this was a blowout by any calculation. I worried about this one with Denver having a bye and looking so flat lately but didn’t see this one coming. Without defensive improvement it’ll be tough to stay competitive. We’re far from a finished product but I guess unlike some, I never expected us to be. Hopefully we’ll bounce back at home next week. Not sure what you want Haley to say publicly about the team but if he screamed and turned on them he’d be criticized mercilessly for that. We’ve shown improvement but the lack of depth and talent in areas is showing up. I’m not giving up on them yet or because of this one. I read his comments to mean that they will go back to the drawing board and regroup or keep sinking. We sucked today and this one hurt but still my team el cid.

  • November 14, 2010  - aPauled says:

    This game is one of those where you put the tape directly into the archives and move on. Don’t even watch it.

    We can still salvage this 1/4…Arizona, Seattle, and Denver in our house. Come out of this Q 3-1 and we are in the thick of it. Less than that…and we will be back to the season beginning goal of .500. Get a few guys healthy, everyone’s head back on straight and we can make that run.

  • November 14, 2010  - Michael says:

    Ugly, awful, pathetic, embarrassing. This was the first time this year the Chiefs did not look anything like a good team. Poor coaching, poor play. These guys, this team, has worked too hard and improved too much to put crap like that out on the field. WTF happened? Appears these guys have been reading and listening too much to the praise they’ve gotten this year, and tried to coast. Won’t cut it, not at all.

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  • November 15, 2010  - bhive01 says:

    I went to bed early it was so bad. Granted the game doesn’t start until 9pm UK time. When it hit 35-0 I was done. I’ll watch the rest of the game today, but good lord. This wasn’t even funny. Not only did they not show up to play, they barely showed up at all.

    I wasn’t worried about this sort of outcome at all. I expect a repeat of the previous two weeks. An all out slugfest that might go into OT. This game was over with 4 min left in the 1st quarter. At least I got a full nights’ sleep in. Notice I didn’t say ‘good’, cause it’s hard to have a good nights sleep after watching horror films.

  • November 15, 2010  - Edward says:

    Yeah this was bad game to watch. I’m not going to blame Cassel or say the season is over like some people. This game falls on the defense for the first time this season they reverted back to last yr. Couldn’t stop the run and just allow Denver to undress them in pass or run game all game. I expect this team to show some metal. You got blown out and disrepected now show some heart and come out against the Cards and get a win.

    Another thing the season isn’t over. Raiders face Steelers, Colts and us again. So they have some losses to come. As for us we’re still in the driver’s seat. We play all 3 divison oppnents again. So its up to us as a team to pull together and come out swinging and win these games. Erase what you did first half of the season and start focusing on finishing in the second half. We needed to improve second half in game now its time we do it when it applies to the season. like some people I’m not going to be negative and say its over or bash our head coach. We need to look at New England and look at how they bounced back against the Steelers after the Browns stepped all over them. And I expect no I know this team will play like a man possessed come Sunday against the Cards and carry that momentum to a division title by winning majortiy of the remaining games on the schedule.

  • November 15, 2010  - RW says:

    That was a small stutter step for the men….

    A giant leap backwards for teamkind.

  • November 15, 2010  - el cid says:

    Goodness, revisionism at its best. The vaulted Crennel defense has FAILED in the 4th qtr most games this year, it just happened from the start sunday. Weis should be happy, he has been trying to get Cassel to have a passing game all season long and he found a way, go 3 and out until you are down by at least 21 points then turn that passing machine on.

    Then we have aPauled, unless there is a different Chiefs team coming to play at Arrowhead, one with an offense, defense, and sp. tms, AZ, SEA, and, goodness forbid, denver will try to repeat the last two sundays. This Chiefs team is more than capable of turning in exactly the same preformance, over and over. You sell out to stop the run, play decent special teams, and have any kind of offense and the Chiefs will crawl away with some moral victory speech by the head coach after the game. Way to go aPauled.

  • November 15, 2010  - JohnNdallas says:

    Wonder if all the bloggers any yackin faces still wanna crow about how “much improved” the Chiefs O-Line is? 4 straight shots from inside the one and NOTHING! And they pass block even worse than that!


  • November 15, 2010  - Dave says:

    El CID…what are you, some sort of middle school assistant football coach?

  • November 15, 2010  - el cid says:

    Do not kill the messenger. I did say the Chiefs are better than last year, at least one game. I guess that is improvement. If they play out the string, like they have done so far, they should make the playoffs no later than 2014, but Dave, go ahead and feel warm and fuzzy all you want.

  • November 15, 2010  - Michael says:

    I hate Mondays after a loss.

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