Denver v. Kansas City Report Card

Check out the report card for the Broncos against the Chiefs.

REPORT CARD VS. CHIEFS PASSING OFFENSE: A -- Kyle Orton was the starter, with 296 passing yards and four TDs. No sacks. No picks. And Tim Tebow served as the closer, tossing his first NFL touchdown pass on his initial attempt. The passing game hasn't been the issue. This is what it can do with a little help.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A -- What a difference a lead makes -- allowing for offensive balance. Having another offensive line configuration that actually opens running lanes doesn't hurt, either. Denver's 153 yards were a season-high, and Knowshon Moreno had his first career 100-yard effort. The Broncos hope this isn't just an aberration.

PASS DEFENSE: C-minus -- The Broncos played solid when the game was in doubt, but once Denver knew the pass was coming nearly every play after taking a 35-0 lead, its coverage was too soft. Matt Cassel finished with a career-high 469 yards with four TDs. Dwayne Bowe had 13 catches for 186 yards and two scores. But Denver did generate heat with four sacks.

RUSH DEFENSE: A -- The last time Jamaal Charles visited Invesco Field in the 2009 season finale, he ran for 259 yards. A huge early Denver lead took Kansas City's top-ranked rushing attack out of the equation. But even before that, the Broncos contained the edge aggressively. They held the Chiefs to 22 carries for 51 yards, both season lows.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-minus -- Matt Prater must have had a tired leg, as his 58-yard field-goal attempt before the half fell way short, and only two of his eight kickoffs resulted in touchbacks. Britton Colquitt (41.0-yard gross average) held his own against Dustin Colquitt (43.3) in the battle of the dueling punt brothers.

COACHING: A -- This Broncos team sometimes looks like the trailer for that new Denzel Washington train-running-wild movie. Just when you think the season's going completely off the tracks, something saves the day. Last week, it was a John Elway speech, rallying around embattled D.J. Williams and, foremost, playing the most complete game since last season's six-game winning streak.

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