Broncos v. Chiefs Report Card

The Broncos looked dead after their Week 1 loss at Miami. They are currently tied for first place in the AFC West, and a lot of credit has to go to the coaches for not overreacting to one loss. Read how the team graded out against the Kansas City Chiefs.

REPORT CARD VS. CHIEFS PASSING OFFENSE: A -- Jake Plummer was efficient. He didn't throw any interceptions and didn't make many bad throws. He was effective on bootleg plays, running and throwing for a touchdown. The only reason his overall numbers (13-of-18, 152 yards) weren't better was because the Broncos held such a big lead.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A-minus -- Mike Anderson had 98 yards rushing including a 44-yard touchdown. Tatum Bell gave Denver a spark off the bench, Ashley Lelie picked up 56 yards on a couple of end around runs and the Broncos rushed for 221 yards as a team. The Broncos had 168 yards in their first two games.

PASS DEFENSE: A -- The Broncos gave up 221 passing yards but 99 of those yards were in the fourth quarter when Denver held a big lead. Denver's defensive line put a lot of pressure on Chiefs quarterback Trent Green and the secondary looked much different than it did during a disastrous season opener at Miami.

RUSH DEFENSE: A -- The Chiefs, who had two backs on pace for 1,000 yards, had 74 yards on 22 carries. Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson were swarmed every time they got the ball. Broncos linebacker Ian Gold forced a Johnson fumble that was a turning point in the game.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A-minus -- The Broncos took Dante Hall out of the game. Hall averaged 25 yards per kickoff return and had 10 yards on his only punt return, which is manageable considering he has tortured Denver in the past. Jason Elam hit three field goals but missed one.

COACHING: A -- The Broncos looked dead after their Week 1 loss at Miami. They are currently tied for first place in the AFC West, and a lot of credit has to go to the coaches for not overreacting to one loss. Denver's game plan against Kansas City was sound. Their offense kept Kansas City off balance by mixing up running plays with bootleg fakes.



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