AFC West Recap, Week 10

Facing frustrated fans, a four-game losing streak and the league's best rushing team proved no problem for the Broncos on Sunday. QB Kyle Orton tossed a career-high four touchdowns, including three in the first quarter, as Denver crushed Kansas City.

QB Tim Tebow extended the Broncos' lead and furthered the Chiefs' pain when he scored a rushing touchdown in the second quarter to put the Broncos up, 28-0. His first career pass attempt also turned into his first career touchdown pass. Denver never looked back, seizing a 35-0 lead in the first half.

Playing uphill seemingly from the opening whistle, QB Matt Cassel still threw four touchdowns on 33-of-53 passing. Cassel to Dwayne Bowe was a powerhouse combination, as the two hooked up 13 times for 186 yards and two scores.

The Chiefs defense fell short and typically at the feet of RB Knowshon Moreno, who finished the game with 22 carries for 106 yards.


WR Dwayne Bowe
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The Chiefs couldn't seem to get an advantage on either side of the ball. Jamaal Charles was limited to 41 yards on 14 carries and Cassel endured four sacks, one of which resulted in a fumble that was scooped up by DE Jason Hunter and returned 75 yards for a TD.

The Broncos have stirred the pot that in the AFC West and pole position is up for grabs. The stakes are especially high because every team in the division has at least four losses, meaning the AFC West is unlikely to produce one of the conference's wildcards.

After suffering a wake-up call in Denver, Kansas City will host the 3-6 Arizona Cardinals in Week 11. The Cardinals have a disastrous QB situation and the league's No. 30 defense, a good formula for the free-falling Chiefs.

The Broncos are now 3-6 as they enter their Monday night match-up with the Chargers. Denver is riding high following its dominant performance last week, so San Diego must be careful. The Chargers need this game, knowing a victory will bring them back to .500 and all but eliminate the Broncos from the playoffs.

The Raiders, like the Chargers, are coming off their bye week. They will travel to Pittsburgh to take on a Steelers team that was just humbled in prime time, which likely spells trouble for Tom Cable's squad.



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