Broncos v. Chiefs Report Card

The Denver Broncos usually struggle at Kansas City. They weren't sharp last Thursday. The defense struggled to tackle and allowed too many big plays. Denver is lost on offense without its running game. Read how the Broncos graded in the game.

REPORT CARD VS. CHIEFS
PASSING OFFENSE: C
-- The Broncos' most effective moments came when they spread the field and used four receivers. Jake Plummer made some plays, but not enough to save his job. He had a touchdown and an interception, and a second interception was erased because of a Chiefs penalty. Plummer didn't have much help from his offensive line, which allowed too much pressure to Chiefs ends Jared Allen and Tamba Hali.

RUSHING OFFENSE: F -- Denver gained only 38 yards. The Broncos miss Tatum Bell, who was inactive again. Bell has two injured big toes and isn't at full speed. Mike Bell didn't get in a rhythm, and Damien Nash, who played well against San Diego, was stuffed. The Broncos line isn't playing well, and neither are the running backs.

PASS DEFENSE: B -- The Chiefs didn't rely much on Trent Green, who was playing in his second game since suffering a major concussion. The Broncos allowed a few long passes but also made some plays. Darrent Williams' fourth-quarter interception gave the Broncos a chance, but the offense went three and out.

RUSH DEFENSE: D-minus -- The Broncos allowed too many long runs. The Chiefs had 223 yards. Larry Johnson battered Denver and had 157 yards on 34 carries. The Broncos missed too many tackles, especially on backup Michael Bennett's 41-yard run in the fourth quarter that set up a field goal to give Kansas City a nine-point lead.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D -- Broncos coach Mike Shanahan singled out the poor play of the special teams again. Denver allowed too many return yards to Dante Hall, and Paul Ernster had a kickoff go out of bounds when the Broncos seemingly had gained some momentum. The Broncos aren't doing very well on their own returns. Brian Clark had one long return nullified by a penalty, and other than that, the Broncos didn't have any explosive returns.

COACHING: D -- The Broncos usually struggle at Kansas City. They weren't sharp Thursday. The defense struggled to tackle and allowed too many big plays. Denver is lost on offense without its running game. The Broncos relied a lot on embattled quarterback Jake Plummer, who couldn't make enough plays. Denver scored only 10 points.



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