Broncos Report Card vs Chiefs

Check out how the Broncos graded out against the Kansas City Chiefs.

PASSING OFFENSE: C-plus -- Kyle Orton threw for 431 yards, and Jabar Gaffney was 1 yard shy of matching the franchise single-game record for receiving yards. However, Orton threw three interceptions. Two were returned for touchdowns, which swung the game in Kansas City's favor.

RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- Against the 31st-ranked run defense in the NFL, the Broncos didn't break 100 yards. Their plan was to spread the ball out and throw, which was odd after they ran for 245 yards in the first meeting. Knowshon Moreno did have two short touchdowns, but he gained only 50 yards on 14 carries.

PASS DEFENSE: C -- The Broncos made one big play, on Ty Law's interception return that set up a touchdown. But Denver also allowed some long catches, even with Champ Bailey shutting down Dwayne Bowe. The Chiefs had 207 yards passing, but they didn't need many more with the running game dominating.

RUSH DEFENSE: F -- Jamaal Charles had a franchise-record 259 yards, and the only reason he didn't make a run at the NFL record was he was pulled before the Chiefs' final drive with the game out of reach. Charles averaged more than 10 yards per carry and had a pair of touchdowns. The Broncos didn't tackle well enough and didn't handle Charles' cutback ability very well.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- The Broncos finished an unspectacular season on special teams with an average performance. Mitch Berger did have three of his six punts downed inside the 20-yard line. The Broncos averaged about 20 yards per kickoff return and didn't have a punt return longer than 8 yards.

COACHING: F -- The strategy of spreading the field and passing 56 times despite winning by 31 points in the first meeting by running the ball on most downs was peculiar. What made it especially baffling was that plan came after Denver benched WR Brandon Marshall and TE Tony Scheffler. The Broncos seemed ill-prepared and lost by 20 points at home to a 3-12 team, even though they were still alive for a playoff berth.



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