REPORT CARD – Chiefs vs. Broncos

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RUSHING OFFENSE: C – Without Jackie Battle, the running attack was a bit limited, but Dexter McCluster picked up the slack, gaining 61 yards on 12 carries, including that 21-yard TD run. Thomas Jones averaged just 2.8 yards per carry. Twice in the game’s last six minutes the Chiefs run game couldn’t hold on to the ball and gave Denver chances to score.

PASSING OFFENSE: C – Kyle Orton did not make any mistakes, but there were few big plays from the pass offense, especially after WR Dwayne Bowe went down with a concussion late in the second quarter. No other receiver had a catch over 20 yards and Orton averaged just 6.2 yards per attempt. The pass protection was good, allowing just one sack.

RUSHING DEFENSE: D – They gave up 216 yards, which should immediately give him an F for their defensive performance. But the only back that had any success was Willis McGahee who had 28 of the 47 carries for 145 yards, or 5.2 yards per carry. Everybody else was a non-factor, especially Tim Tebow with only 16 yards on six carries.

PASSING DEFENSE: B – Ordinarily the numbers involved here would give the Chiefs a grade of A, but we had to grade this game on a scale because of the Broncos and Tebow and their overall poor passing attack. They got to the quarterback twice, picked off Tebow’s last pass of the game and did not give up a play longer than 17 yards.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B – Dustin Colquitt had a huge game, winning the battle against his brother Britton, the Broncos punter. He averaged 47.1 on his kicks and finished the game with a 41.8-yard net average, including a 58-yard punt. Denver’s Eddie Royals had two returns of 14 and 9 yards. The Chiefs got nothing going on returns, however.

COACHING: B – Look to Romeo Crennel for the defensive plan the Chiefs had in the game against Tim Tebow. They had many different packages and used them to keep Tebow off-balance. It worked to perfection. The offensive plan really didn’t develop much, especially after Bowe went down with a concussion.

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