Broncos v. Chiefs Report Card

The Denver Broncos looked unprepared for a game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and the loss gave their playoff hopes a serious blow. Mike Shanahan still can't figure out how to get Jake Plummer to avoid throwing interceptions. The game was over pretty early, because the Broncos were bombarded at the beginning of the game.

REPORT CARD VS. CHIEFS

PASSING OFFENSE: D-minus -- Jake Plummer threw for 292 yards, but didn't make many big plays. In fact, his interception when the Broncos were behind only 14-7 ended up being a turning point in the game. Plummer misread the defense on the play and threw short to Ashley Lelie, who was running a deep pattern. Plummer hasn't had a solid game for the Broncos in four weeks.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C-minus -- It's hard to blame the running game for much, because the Broncos got behind early and had to pass the ball often. Tatum Bell looked good when he ran the ball, picking up 50 yards on nine carries. Reuben Droughns only had four carries. The Broncos averaged 6.6 yards per carry but the running game was never a factor.

PASS DEFENSE: F -- The Broncos allowed Trent Green to complete 16-of-19 passes, as the play-action game was a key for the Chiefs. Eddie Kennison had 101 yards, plenty of which came against Champ Bailey, and the Broncos allowed three passing touchdowns. Denver has been vulnerable to big passing plays during its slide and faces two passing teams -- Tennessee and Indianapolis -- to end the season.

RUSH DEFENSE: F -- Larry Johnson averaged five yards per carry and was rarely slowed down. The Broncos had a tough time when the Chiefs got to the outside, because Kansas City's line cleared huge paths for Johnson. A 32-yard touchdown run by Johnson took away any slight hope the Broncos had to get back in the game, because that gave Kansas City a 28-7 lead.

SPECIAL TEAMS: F -- All season the Broncos special teams have been a liability. Dante Hall returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and that set the tone for the game. The Broncos averaged less than 20 yards per kickoff return. The best thing the Broncos did on special teams was watch Kansas City struggle to punt the ball in the poor conditions.

COACHING: F -- The Broncos looked unprepared for a game, and the loss gave their playoff hopes a serious blow. Mike Shanahan still can't figure out how to get Jake Plummer to avoid throwing interceptions. The game was over pretty early, because the Broncos were bombarded at the beginning of the game.

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