Report Card v. Chiefs

Check out Denver's grades in the 10-6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

PASSING OFFENSE: F -- Kansas City's ability to generate four-man pressure, and some mixed defensive looks, helped the Chiefs' cornerbacks take away Denver's outside receivers. The result: Kyle Orton on a brisk, blustery afternoon completed just nine passes. Brandon Lloyd hauled in just two of 11 passes thrown his way. It was the Broncos' worst passing performance this year, by far.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- All the attention on the outside allowed the Broncos to have some success running between the tackles. Knowshon Moreno not only had a career-best 161 yards, but it was the top performance ever by a Denver back at Arrowhead Stadium. Curiously, the running game was abandoned on the final three drives with the pass attack floundering.

PASS DEFENSE: A-minus -- Anyone wondering if CB Champ Bailey still ranked among the top tier at his position got an answer with red-hot Dwayne Bowe getting zero catches. Overall, Kansas City was limited to 196 yards through the air and one TD. But with a slew of injuries, Denver did just about the best it could playing youngsters David Bruton, Cox, Kyle McCarthy and Syd'Quan Thompson.

RUSH DEFENSE: C-minus -- It took Kansas City 39 carries to reach 185 yards, and the Broncos did manage a goal-line stand. But with Denver hoping to get the ball back for one last drive, it couldn't make the stops when it counted. Jamaal Charles' 6-yard run on the Chiefs' final possession on second-and-6 produced a key first down and eliminated any real opportunity for a comeback.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- There were no big plays by kickoff returner Eric Decker or punt returner Eddie Royal, who misplayed a desperation final catch that impeded any hopes of decent field position to set up a final Hail Mary. Matt Prater did hit both field-goal attempts.

COACHING: C-minus -- The Broncos gave tremendous effort in a lost season, which counts for something. But coach Josh McDaniels may have lost a chance to win the game with his decision to punt facing fourth-and-4 at Denver's own 39 with 2:32 left. The defense yielded a first down to the Chiefs. Denver got only one play in the final seconds as a result.



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