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Chiefs Vs. Broncos Post Game Gab

DenverIf the Chiefs thought things couldn’t get any worse this season they were wrong, after being embarrassed by the Chargers last week the Chiefs went for the repeat performance giving up over 40 points, 200 yards rushing and 400 yards of total offense in a 44-13 defeat to the Broncos. The Chiefs started the game out with a red zone interception as Mike Brown picked off a errant Kyle Orton pass, the Chiefs would fail to gain a first down and would be forced to punt back to the Broncos. On Denver’s next drive they would promptly drive in to the red zone again this time not to be denied as Kyle Orton hit Daniel Graham with a seven yard TD pass. Kansas City would respond with a drive of their own which stalled at the three yard line and was capped off with a Ryan Succop 22 yard field goal.

The Broncos would put their finishing touches on the first half with a two yard Knowshon Moreno touchdown run putting the Broncos in front 14-3 with 7:07 remaining in the second quarter. After a Tamba Hali sack and forced fumble of Kyle Orton the Chiefs would get a last scoring opportunity in the first half. Taking the ball at the 50 the Chiefs would drive 20 yards to set up a 47 yard Ryan Succop field goal and put the score at 14-6 going in to half. Then the wheels fell off, to start out the second half the Chiefs were facing a fourth and eight from their own 28 yard line and Coach Todd Haley puts Brodie Croyle in the punters position only for the fake punt to go for not as Croyle’s pass was deflected and never made it to the intended receiver. With great field position the Broncos quickly turned the field position in to a 45 yard field goal.

Two plays later Matt Cassel was intercepted by Andre Goodman setting up a Kyle Orton to Brandon Marshall touchdown pass a mere three plays later giving the Broncos the 24-6 advantage. Four plays later on K.C.’s next drive Matt Cassel was again intercepted this time by Ronaldo Hill the turnover set up a 38 yard Denver field goal widening the advantage to 21 points. Two drives later the Chiefs would again turn it over this time Jamaal Charles fumbled to Andre Goodman who quickly scampered 30 yards in to the end zone giving the Broncos 17 total third quarter points. Tamaba Hali recorded his second sack and strip of Kyle Orton on Denver’s next drive giving the Chiefs the ball at the Denver three yard line. Two plays later Jamaal Charles would hit pay dirt from two yards out leaving the score at 34-13 Denver.

Denver would counter the Charles touchdown with a seven play drive that resulted in a 18 yard Knowshon Moreno touchdown run on fourth and one. With the game far out of reach Matt Cassel has pulled in favor of Brodie Croyle, Cassel by far had his worst performance of his career going 10 for 29 for 84 yards and two interceptions but Cassel miserable performance goes far beyond the numbers. Cassel failed to hit open receivers all day when he wasn’t missing receivers with errant throws he was not even finding receivers who were running open across the field or he would just hold the ball afraid to make the gutsy throw. Denver would throw a garbage field goal on the score board before the final whistle to make the final score 44-13. This team has taken a considerable step back and besides Tamba’s three sacks one would be hard pressed to find a bright spot on this team right now.

Grading the keys to the Game

1. Keep a eye on the big play threats: The Chiefs gave up a 50 yard pass to Brandon Marshall two 20 plus yard rushes to Correll Buckhalter and several plays over 15 yards. With all the turnovers and bad field position it’s kind of hard to put this on the defense especially when they generate three turnovers but they did give up some very big plays at very bad times, all in all they get a passing grade but barely.

Grade: D-

2. Protect Matt Cassel: The Chiefs O-line gave up two sacks but one could question if those were coverage sacks or if Matt Cassel was just scared to throw the ball. One thing is for sure the Chiefs O-line was at the minimum serviceable and this loss does not fall on their shoulders.

Grade: D+

3. Get Charles involved early: The Chiefs failed to get Charles going early in this game mainly because they were battling their own mistakes. Charles had merely a average game and his fumble in the second half was irrelevant since the score was already out of hand . The point of getting Charles involved early was to get the offense on the board early something the Chiefs have struggled with, the Chiefs failed greatly to do either.

Grade: F-

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