RUSHING OFFENSE: A -- The Broncos rushed for 245 yards, gashing the Chiefs no matter who was running the ball. Denver was able to control the ball for almost 36 minutes thanks to the power running game. Correll Buckhalter rushed for 113 yards, and Knowshon Moreno had 86 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Peyton Hillis added 47 yards in garbage time.
PASS DEFENSE: A -- The Broncos flustered and confused Matt Cassel, and Cassel was eventually benched. He threw two interceptions in the third quarter before he threw a completion. CB Champ Bailey had a particularly strong game, holding Chris Chambers to two catches for 11 yards.
RUSH DEFENSE: B -- Denver held the explosive Jamaal Charles to 3.1 yards per carry, the second straight good performance for the run defense, which struggled through much of November. The defense is tackling well again and not missing assignments as it did during the slump.
SPECIAL TEAMS: A -- Josh McDaniels went out of his way to praise the effort of the special teams in Sunday's game. The coverage teams were excellent, and Eddie Royal had some decent punt returns. Matt Prater hit all three of his field-goal attempts. Also, the Broncos made a play to thwart a fake punt in the third quarter.
COACHING: A -- The Broncos have done an excellent job not letting up against bad teams. They have blown out Oakland, Cleveland and Kansas City. The only "bad" loss they have had was at Washington, but they were winning at halftime when quarterback Kyle Orton was knocked out of the game with an ankle injury. The Broncos didn't let up against a three-win Chiefs team, and they can't afford to lose in the rematch or against Oakland later this month.
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