The Denver Broncos (4-5) took care of business by knocking off the Kansas City Chiefs (4-5) at Arrowhead stadium with a final score of 17-10. The game was full of run plays and punts, which seemed to fall right into the game plan of the Denver Broncos. The Broncos ran the ball an NFL season-high 55 times and only made 8 pass attempts. However, their success in the run game led to their 4th victory of the season and a spot right in the middle of a wild AFC West divisional race.
Tim Tebow threw the ball only 8 times, completing merely 2 of those pass attempts, despite a few catchable balls that were dropped by his receivers. Tebow also added 43 rushing yards and 1 touchdown, which came in the 1st quarter. For the majority of the game, Tebow was handing the ball off to Willis McGahee, Knowshown Moreno, Lance Ball and Spencer Larson.
McGahee and Moreno were both injured in the 1st half of the game and did not return.
However, the Broncos didn’t stumble in their absence as they continued to run the ball effectively with 244 total rushing yards. In spite of the criticism of Tebow’s passing ability, he was able to show up big in the 4th quarter and complete the biggest pass of the game. Tebow’s perfect 56-yard throw to Eric Decker for a touchdown virtually sealed the win.
Matt Cassel found the ground more times than he found receivers, being knocked all over the place by the relentless Broncos defense. He was sacked 4 times and knocked on the ground another 12. Rookie linebacker Von Miller was all over Cassel for the entire game, making contact with the 7-year pro a number of times. Cassel only completed 13 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown, which wasn’t enough to beat a thriving Broncos team.
After a 1-4 start with Kyle Orton, the Broncos now find themselves in the middle of the pack in the AFC West and a 3-1 record with Tim Tebow as the starter. They are currently tied with Kansas City and San Diego, all with a 4-5 record, and are only one game back from the 5-4 Oakland Raiders, who beat the Chargers on Thursday night to take the outright lead in the division. The Broncos have a very short week as they travel back to Denver to play the New York Jets on Thursday night @ 6:20 PM Mountain Time.
Fun Fact: Tim Tebow has thrown for a TD pass in all 7 of his NFL starts.
* All stats taken from http://www.espn.go.com