Mile High Leftovers

From Denver, Colorado

Derrick Johnson pondered the question of what happened to the Chiefs defense against the Denver Broncos in Sunday’s 49-29 loss at Invesco Field.

“It’s like we tried to stop the bleeding, but we could never get it to stop,” Johnson said. “It started early; it seemed like we were bleeding from the beginning of the game and it’s like it never stopped.”

No, the Chiefs tried to apply a tourniquet to their deepest wounds suffered early, but they couldn’t get the flow to stop. Not when you look at all the numbers that went against them in the 20-point loss:

  • - They allowed 452 yards, the most yardage they’ve given up this season.
  • - Denver threw for 299 passing yards, the most yards through the air the K.C. defense has allowed this year.
  • - The Broncos ran for 153 yards on 31 carries, a 4.9-yard per carry average. That’s the most yards they have given up in a game this season, and the second highest average per carry.

- By the time it was over, the defense had allowed six touchdowns, more than in any game during the ’10 season.

It did not help matters that the Chiefs were without their best free safeties in Jon McGraw (knee) and Kendrick Lewis (hamstring). That forced inexperienced Donald Washington into the starting lineup and Ricky Price was on the field after being activated on Saturday from the practice squad.

“It was a bad day for us,” said Johnson. “This hurts. It’s going to hurt today. It’s going to hurt tomorrow. But it will be out of our system when we watch the tape and we know what we have to correct. You have to bounce back and you have to have a short memory. That’s how you survive in this league.


There’s been plenty of buzz surrounding Denver QB Tim Tebow since the Broncos surprised everyone and selected him in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Through the first half of the season, Tebow had gotten on the field for only a handful of plays. He had 10 runs for 26 yards and two TD runs. Tebow did not throw a pass in those eight games.

Against the Chiefs on Sunday, Tebow not only ran in untouched for a touchdown, but he threw his first scoring pass as a professional, hitting FB Spencer Larsen on a three-yard dump to the left side.

“I think they were expecting a little bit of run, so I think we caught them off guard,” Tebow said. “They actually played it pretty well and got back out there but Spencer made the catch and got in there.”

Tebow’s third touchdown run of the season came on a direct snap where he faked inside, and then ran outside to the left and scored easily.

“It was a power play and they all thought it was going to be inside,” Tebow said. “We did a great job of blocking them and just bounced it outside. That worked out pretty well for us.”


In the events of everything that happened on Sunday, it’s easy to forget the longest play of the day for the Chiefs – that was the 87-yard return by S Eric Berry of a field goal attempt by Denver K Matt Prater.

With 18 seconds left in the first half, Prater lined up for a 58-yard field goal. His kick was on target but it was short and Berry caught it nine yards deep in the end zone. There was no hesitation on his part about what he was going to do.

“I was bringing it out,” said Berry. “I wanted to score. Every time I get my hands on the ball I want to score. I thought I could take it all the way.”

He almost did. Berry broke to his left and before anybody knew what was going down, he was at mid-field and headed to the south end zone.

“They always tell you to run those out because there are so many big guys blocking on the field goal team, so they don’t have as much speed to chase you,” Berry said.

The Broncos finally brought Berry down at their 22-yard line and remarkably there was one second left on the clock. Ryan Succop came in and hit a 40-yard field goal as the clock ran out.


“I’m telling you, I wasn’t even close to being touched the whole game. I felt as comfortable today as I have in a long time.” Denver QB Kyle Orton on his pass protection.

“We have had some success this season and we know we can play good football. It’s going to take a collective effort on both sides of the football and playing better than we did today.” Chiefs QB Matt Cassel.

“You get them out of what they do best, you get them into a game where they’re going to throw the ball. That’s not what they do best. What they do best is jam it down your throat and let (Jamaal) Charles go crazy on the defense.” Denver WR Brandon Lloyd.

“They had a hell of a game plan. I know they were off for two weeks and they put in a hell of game plan for us. They’ll be back in two more weeks, so we’ll see.” Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles.

“We heard about it all week, about Charles and Jones and how tough their running game was. We just knew if we keep disciplined and gap sound and protect the edges, that we would have a chance to shut their running game down.” Denver LB Jason Hunter.


The 49 points was one away from tying the Broncos team record for most points in a game. They got 50 on San Diego in 1963 … Denver became the 25th NFL team in history to throw for five or more TDs without throwing an interception.

5 Responses to “Mile High Leftovers”

  • November 15, 2010  - lyle says:

    He wasn’t close to being touched all day? Why? What happened to our much improved Dorsey and Jackson? What happened to Hali and Gilberry? What happened to DJs new found sense of discipline and being in the right place at the right time? Did everyone just decide to take a game off at the same time?

    For that matter, what happened to Romeo? Look, I know that the primary problem early in the game was that we were without our top free safeties, but it is up to Romeo to make sure that one position doesn’t kill the entire defense. It was pretty obvious that if we gave Orton all day, he would continue to kill us. What adjustments were made? Do we need more depth of talent? Yes, but what we really need is for the defense (and coaches) to play up to their potential.

  • November 15, 2010  - el cid says:

    Travelling a lot so I hear a lot of radio…..heard…..The Chiefs are a much improved team but they are 1. young and the young must play now and on an almost all pro level. 2. all players have to be perfect,every play. 3. There is no real depth at any position. OL starter of ok, at best, no WR other than Bowe, Def. front 7 need more investment, DB 2 good ones but rest questionable.

    Do not know if it is true but in one or two more years, the Chiefs may have some going for it. Just not right now.

  • November 15, 2010  - RW says:

    I’m with Lyle. How does a defense that looks all the world that a major turnaround has occured lapse into what we saw against Denver and, to a lesser but still significant degree, Oakland? The D against the run was MIA and a sad reminder of the Vermeil/Herm days of yore.

    Were the early games in the season an an illusion of sorts? Was this one an anomaly? I’m at a loss here. Help me Rhonda!!

  • November 15, 2010  - Edward says:

    No NO we just didn’t make the much need adjustments in the Denver game to get after QB. Romeo acts like he doesn’t like blitziing he much rather blitz a couple guys and drop back majority back in to coverage playing alot of zone. That’s not going to cut it with your 3rd string safety. We refrained from really getting after Orton and that’s why he’s saying he never was touched. That’s bad. Crennel need to learn its ok to allow corners to be physical at the line of scrimmage and attack Kyle Orton. That’s how the Raiders beat them. Their corners jammed their receivers at the line of scrimmage and they kept consistent pressure on the QB. WE need to be what Haley said a gameplan defense not a week in week out bend but don’t break defense.

  • November 16, 2010  - el cid says:

    Edward, maybe your best post yet. But Crennel plays a bend don’t break defense, that is what he does. If an opposing team does not break, you tip your hat and congratulate him for the win. Crennel made his mark with it and that is how he will ride to the end.

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