Chiefs Fall 30-10 to Denver

Not the start Kansas City was looking for in their Monday Night Showdown with Denver. On a night when the offense didn't score a touchdown until the two minute mark of the fourth quarter and the defense knew what was coming but couldn't stop the Denver offense. The results were a 30-10 shellacking at the hands of the Broncos.

The game started bad for the Chiefs when on their first drive of the day Kansas City wide receiver Sammy Parker dropped a pass near midfield. If he had caught the pass it's likely he would have romped down the field for a big gainer. In the first half, Parker dropped three passes and its clear he's not antiquated at being a starter just yet.

But as much as the offense fizzled, the defense didn't do anything better. They allowed the Denver Broncos to score on three of their first four possessions of the first half as they put the throttle on their offense and never let up. In the Broncos first drive they marched down the field with little resistance but had to settle for a Jason Elam 30-yard field goal that gave Denver an early 3-0 lead.

On the next series after the Chiefs offense couldn't muster a first down, Jake Plummer used his short passing game to set up a Mike Anderson 44-yard touchdown run that gave Denver a 10-0 lead. As has been the case in the past, the Chiefs linebackers were out of position on the long run and once he was in the secondary nobody could catch the Broncos running back.

But on the Chiefs next offensive possession, running back Larry Johnson fumbled the ball, the first of his career, and the Broncos capitalized on the very next play. With the ball on the Chiefs 11-yard line, Plummer rolled to his right and found a wide open Rod Smith wide open in the end zone and Denver was up 17-0 in the first quarter.

In the next quarter, the two teams traded field goals before the half. Elam hit his second of the day from 51-yards and the Chiefs Lawrence Tynes nailed a short 28-yard chip shot. That made the halftime score 20-3.

In the second half, the Broncos took the opening drive and played keep away from the Chiefs. This time Denver used their ground game and two bootlegs that put the ball at the Kansas City 1-yard line. On fourth and goal, Jake Plummer easily fooled linebacker Kendrell Bell and scored on a quarterback running away from the line of scrimmage. That run put Denver up 27-3 with 8:34 left in the third quarter.

The Broncos added another field goal from 25-yards out later in the third and that gave them a 30-3 lead. The Chiefs did manage to get into the end zone at the two minute mark as Trent Green threw his first touchdown pass of the season. After dropping two more passes in the second half, Green went back to Samie Parker for a 21-yard touchdown that made the score 30-10.

The loss put the Chiefs and Broncos in a tie for first place in the AFC West. Next week Kansas City plays host to the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver travels to Jacksonville to play the surging Jaguars.

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