Broncos Believe In The Run, Roll Over Chiefs

From Arrowhead Stadium

It was not the type of offensive game plan that the Pro Football Hall of Fame calls for and has a team send a copy FedEx first thing Monday morning to Canton.

There really wasn’t anything innovative or new to offensive football in what John Fox and his coaching staff came up with for their Sunday visit to Arrowhead to face the Chiefs.

It was good old-fashioned football, with an offense built almost entirely on the running game – that was the winning formula for the Broncos as they walked away with a 17-10 victory.

For the second consecutive Sunday, an opponent walked into Arrowhead and dicated the tone and flow of the game to the Chiefs. Football games are always decided by who controls the line of scrimmage and on this Sunday, it was the Broncos who pushed, pulled and ran through the Chiefs defensive front for 244 rushing yards.

“Give John Fox and his staff a bunch of credit, we were unable to stop the run,” said head coach Todd Haley. “They had a terrific plan and it took us too long to figure out how to get the run stopped, whoever was running it, whether it was the quarterback or the running backs.”

It didn’t matter who was running for the Broncos. If he had a horse on his helmet, he was gaining yards. Six different players carried the ball a total of 55 times. Four of those runs went backwards. Otherwise quarterbacks, running backs, fullbacks and wide receivers were going forward.

“If you talk to offensive linemen, they like going forwards more than they like going backwards,” said Fox. “It’s a mindset our guys believe in. Hopefully we can continue to grow with that.”

It was a second consecutive division road victory for Coach John Fox and his Denver club, pushing their record to 4-5. They are now tied with the Chiefs and San Diego with that mark, one game behind the Oakland Raiders. It was the Raiders that they beat last week by 14 points with a similar game plan.

With the running talents of QB Tim Tebow leading the way, the Broncos did everything they could to not throw the ball against the Chiefs. Tebow completed just two passes in the game, although the second was a 56-yard touchdown throw to WR Eric Decker in the fourth quarter.

Denver used the standard two-back NFL set and the read-option game that they’ve installed to take advantage of the skills of Tebow. It worked like a charm against the Chiefs.

Tebow had 43 rushing yards on nine carries, most of those out of the option. And even when they lost starting RB Willis McGahee (hamstring) and backup Knowshon Moreno (knee) to injuries in the first quarter, they just handed the ball to No. 3 back Lance Ball who finished with 96 yards on 30 carries.

The first half of this game was one only a football caveman could love. In a league where the attention and focus always seems to be on the guys throwing and catching, they were mere sidelights in the first 30 minutes. Tebow threw four passes, completed none of them. Chiefs QB Matt Cassel threw the ball nine times, completed just four for a total of 29 yards.

Overall in the first half the teams combined for 58 offensive plays, producing a total of 241 yards, or an average of 4.2 yards per play.

Although the numbers were ugly, the Broncos built a first-half lead they never lost. Tebow scored on a 2nd-and-goal play from the Chiefs seven-yard line, taking the snap and picking his way behind his blockers to the end zone. In the second quarter they went 34 yards on eight plays before K Matt Prater hit a 38-yard field goal that pushed the score to 10-0.

It was not until the third quarter that the Chiefs were able to finally march deep into Denver territory. Taking over at their 35-yard line, the K.C. offense needed eight plays before Cassel connected on a 1-yard TD pass to FB Le’Ron McClain. The PAT cut the Denver lead to 10-7.

“We had too many dropped balls, protection issues, poor execution,” Haley said of the Chiefs offense. “We wanted to come out and play sharp offensively, especially early in the game. There were too many negatives to put us in a position where we could succeed.”

The Broncos got another TD on an eight-play, 80-yard drive that finished up with the 56-yard score from Tebow to Decker. With seven seconds to play, Chiefs K Ryan Succop hit a 32-yard field goal to set the final score.

Tebow’s stat sheet showed two of eight passing for 69 yards, and nine runs for 43 yards. Plus, it showed a victory and that’s all that mattered to the former Heisman Trophy winner.

“I’m a football player first before a quarterback,” Tebow said. “Whatever we can do to win games that’s what we need to do. I play this game to win.”

And win they did. For the second time in two weeks, they won a division game on the road.

“We knew if we won this game it would put us right back in contention for the AFC West,” said rookie LB Von Miller.

For the Chiefs, they’ve now lost two straight after winning four in a row. Coming up is a five-game gauntlet of New England-Pittsburgh-New York Jets-Chicago-Green Bay.

It’s not a good situation.

“A lot of people will assume the world has ended for our team,” said Haley. “But it’s a four-horse race and the season is going to continue on. If we can come out and play better football, we will be right in this.”

6 Responses to “Broncos Believe In The Run, Roll Over Chiefs”

  • November 13, 2011  - Roger Moberly says:

    “If we can come out and play better football…” I’m sorry Todd but what are you waiting for, the season is more than half over, it was time to start playing better football 10 weeks ago. Unfortunately this team does not have the talent, depth or coaching ability to play any better football. No, your season has not ended but I’m afraid your winning has.

  • November 13, 2011  - Kenny Low says:

    Now I know why Todd said he didn’t want a yo-yo team…

  • November 13, 2011  - Dan says:

    It’s beyond me that when you know they are not going to pass the ball, you can’t put in an extra D lineman or linebacker to stop the run. Looked like we were in our base defense the whole game even though we knew they were not going to pass.
    Totally ridiculous coaching. We need better O lineman, or we aren’t going anywhere.

  • November 13, 2011  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Last week we got beat by a team that hadn’t won a game. This week we got beat by a quarterback that only completed two passes. That wasn’t an earthquake I felt; that was Lamar turning over.

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  • November 14, 2011  - ED J says:

    I take it back just got through watching game on rewind and once again two weeks in a row o-line played like hot garbage. Seriously Haley needs send message by benching Wiegman for being and playing old for Hudson. Also Richardson most definately needs to be benched. I don’t know how healty Gaither is right now but what I do know is whatever the percentage of health he’ll be better than Barry. Seriously how does Pioli not find at least one right tackle to replace this guy.

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