Sunday, November 13, 2011
Wrap-up: Broncos 17, Chiefs 10
By Bill Williamson
A look a game with major AFC West implications:
What it means: The Oakland Raiders control the AFC West. Oakland, which beat San Diego on Thursday, is 5-4. The other three teams in the AFC West are 4-5. With the victory, Denver stayed in the division race.
Tomorrow’s talker: It’s all about Tim Tebow. The Broncos won despite Tebow's completing just two passes. He was 2-of-8 for 69 yards. According to ESPN Stats & Information, it marked the first time in history the Broncos won a game completing two or fewer passes. The only other team in the past 25 years to win a game with two or fewer pass completions and have only one quarterback attempt a pass was the Browns in Week 5 of 2009 at the Bills. The quarterback was Derek Anderson, who went 2-for-17. Denver is 3-1 with Tebow as their quarterback this season.
Broncos’ running backs are banged up: Denver lost both Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno to injuries. Yet, Denver ran for 244 yards. Lance Ball had 96 yards on 30 carries. Tebow added 43 yards on nine rushes. Denver has led the NFL in rushing the past five weeks.
Chiefs are inept: After winning four straight games to go 4-3, the Chiefs have reverted to the poor play of the early season. The Chiefs were particularly out of sorts on offense. If Kansas City doesn’t quickly regroup, it could fall out of the division race again.
Back-to-back bliss: The Broncos have won two straight games for the first time in 29 games. It breaks the NFL’s current longest streak with back-to-back wins.
Cassel sinking: Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel has not been good the past four games. He has completed 67 of 129 pass attempts for 768 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions. He threw for just 93 yards Sunday.
UPDATE: The Kansas City Star is reporting Cassel left the stadium with a cast on his hand. He said he expects to play next week.
What’s next: Denver has a quick turnaround as it hosts the New York Jets on Thursday. The Chiefs begin a brutal five-week stretch at New England on "Monday Night Football" on Nov. 21.