Denver Broncos Hot Topics - Monday, Sept. 18

The Denver Broncos have been poor on offense in the first two games this season, but the defense has kept them afloat. Denver has scored only 19 points on offense, but is lucky the defense hasn't given up a touchdown. Read more in today's edition of "Hot Topics."

The Denver Broncos have been poor on offense in the first two games this season, but the defense has kept them afloat.

The Broncos beat Kansas City 9-6 in overtime to improve to 1-1. Denver has scored only 19 points on offense, but is lucky the defense hasn't given up a touchdown.

After turning the ball over five times in a season-opening loss at St. Louis, Mike Shanahan decided to use a conservative game plan against Kansas City.

"I thought we dialed it back a little bit, put a little more pressure on our defense," Shanahan said.

The Broncos ran the ball on many third down plays, to keep quarterback Jake Plummer out of spots where he could make a mistake. Plummer still had one interception that led to a Chiefs field goal.

The Broncos have run the ball decently this season, but Plummer hasn't played well. He has four interceptions and no touchdowns in two games. The Broncos offense rarely struggles under Shanahan, and was at a loss for what has gone wrong so far this year.

"I don't have an answer yet," Plummer said. "We've got too much talent to struggle like that."

The Broncos did make a few big plays in overtime against Kansas City. The biggest was a 24-yard catch by receiver Javon Walker, in which Plummer intentionally underthrew it to let Walker make a play.

Walker appeared to push off Kansas City cornerback Ty Law, but no flag was thrown. The Broncos ran the ball three straight times and let Jason Elam come on for a 39-yard field goal.

Walker dropped two passes against St. Louis last week, but said he felt good against Kansas City. Walker also had a 16-yard run on an end around play on fourth and one that led to a field goal. The Broncos acquired Walker from Green Bay this offseason, envisioning him making big plays like he did on his overtime catch against the Chiefs.

"Sometimes you just got to put the ball in the air," said Walker, who had 79 yards on five catches. "I feel like anytime it's in the air I can make a play."

REPLAY

Jason Elam's third field goal, a 39-yarder in overtime, gave the Denver Broncos a much-needed 9-6 win against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos, who play at New England next week, are 1-1 this season.

The Broncos defense played well, although Kansas City played without starting quarterback Trent Green. Denver didn't allow a touchdown for the second straight game, the first time that has happened since 1995. The Broncos forced two turnovers, one with the Chiefs inside Denver's 10-yard line, and the other set up a field goal in the third quarter.

The Broncos won the coin toss in overtime and marched down the field. Plummer hit David Kircus for a 14-yard gain, Tatum Bell had a 20-yard run and Javon Walker pulled in a 24-yard pass to set up Elam's kick. Before the overtime Plummer had only 135 yards passing. He had an interception, his fourth of the season, that led to a Kansas City field goal.

PLAYER NOTES

--WR Rod Smith left the game against the Chiefs with a concussion. Smith said he felt fine afterwards and was held out as a precaution.

--WR Brandon Marshall was active against Kansas City. He didn't catch a pass in his NFL debut. He didn't play last week after missing most of the preseason with a knee injury.

--LB Ian Gold made a couple of big plays in the fourth quarter, including dropping Larry Johnson for a three-yard loss with Kansas City driving with less than two minutes remaining. Gold is one of Denver's best playmakers on defense.

--WR David Kircus made a couple of big catches against the Chiefs. He has the ability to make big plays and will continue to get playing time for Denver.

--RB Tatum Bell had 69 yards on 16 carries. His biggest run was a 20-yarder in overtime, but he was upset he didn't take it all the way for a touchdown. He had open field in front of him but was brought down from behind by Chiefs safety Sammy Knight.



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