- Jeff Legwold, ESPN Denver Broncos reporter
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The Broncos made the switch at kicker earlier in the week, waiving Brandon McManus and signing Connor Barth. Barth arrived on Tuesday and kicked a career-best five field goals in the game. And after the game punter Britton Colquitt, a borrowed microphone in hand from one of the Denver television stations, took a spin as a reporter, asking Barth several questions in front of his locker. After teasing Barth about the wind at Arrowhead, Colquitt asked, "Seriously, though, a career high in field goals, 5-for-5, how do you feel about that?" And Barth responded "Whatever I can do to help the team, it was exciting." Colquitt, the holder on field goal attempts, then asked; "What is it like to know all you’ve really got to do is close your eyes and swing your leg?" Barth then gave some props to Colquitt and long-snapper Aaron Brewer. Barth was the fourth kicker in franchise history to have five field goals in a game. Quarterback Peyton Manning said Barth told him that "he was laying out by the pool this time last week."
The Broncos did not have cornerback Aqib Talib (hamstring) or tight end Julius Thomas (left ankle) in the lineup -- both were game-day inactives. Both players did some work with the strength coaches before the game, but when asked after the game how close they were to playing, Broncos head coach John Fox said, "not close enough." The Broncos reported no major injuries following the game, but tackle Louis Vasquez left the game for one play after having his leg rolled up on from behind and tight end Jacob Tamme left the game briefly in the first half, but played in the second half. Tamme had a wrap on his ribs/lower back. Both players will be among those evaluated more on Monday morning.
David Bruton gained 13 yards on a fake punt in the second quarter. The Broncos had punted and pinned the Chiefs at their own 9-yard line, but Andre Caldwell was called for running out of bounds, without being blocked, on the coverage so the Chiefs chose to force the Broncos to punt again. Only this time the Broncos elected to direct snap the ball to Bruton, who went around the left end for the first down. The Broncos turned it into a field goal 11 plays later for a 17-0 lead. "We’ve been working on that one a while, good to see Bruton run the ball," Manning said.
Linebacker Von Miller can expect a letter from the league this week for his hit on Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. Miller was called for a late-hit/roughing-the-passer penalty. He also struck Smith in the back with the crown of his helmet. Miller has been fined before, so he will likely feel the sting of the multiple-offender status. Miller was fined $25,000 last December for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Ryan Fitzpatrick.
In his Denver Broncos debut, place-kicker Connor Barth tied the franchise record for field goals in a contest.