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The Denver Broncos have announced that quarterback Kyle Orton will be named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 10.
Orton earned the honor with his 22-of-34, 296 yard, four touchdown, no interception performance on Sunday in a 49-29 rout of the Kansas City Chiefs. The game also happened to occur on Orton's 28th birthday, giving Orton another reason to remember the day fondly.
The four touchdowns set a career-high for the former Purdue Boilermaker signal caller.
It is the second time in Orton's career, and first time this season, that he is honored with the award. He previously won it last season in Week 5 when he completed 35-of-48 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns in Denver's 20-17 overtime victory against the New England Patriots on October 11, 2009.
The old adage goes, "Vote early, vote often." In football it goes, "Score early, score often." The Denver Broncos did just that in their 49-29 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. One of the problems the Broncos have faced this season was scoring in the first quarter. On Sunday afternoon, the Broncos looked like a completely different team to start the game. Quarterback Kyle Orton led the Broncos to three touchdowns by connecting with Knowshon Moreno (17 yards), Brandon Lloyd (6) and Jabar Gaffney (40)
Tim Tebow also proved his worth today with two touchdowns, one rushing and one passing. He scored the rushing touchdown in the second quarter to put the Broncos up 28-0. His first career pass attempt also turned into his first career touchdown pass. At the three-yard line, Tebow took the snap and threw a short pass to fullback Spencer Larsen. The Broncos widened their lead to 42-10 in the third quarter.
Kyle Orton and Brandon Lloyd hooked up one final time in the fourth quarter for a 15-yard touchdown. However, it took a review to overturn the original call of an incomplete pass. Orton's four touchdowns in the game are a career best.
The defense looked better, tallying four sacks. Linebacker Mario Haggan accounted for three of them and Jason Hunter nabbed the other one. On one of Haggan's sacks, Matt Cassel fumbled the ball, which Jason Hunter scooped up and returned 75 yards for a touchdown. However, the defense did face an aerial attack for most of the game and wound up surrendering 29 points. Matt Cassel threw four touchdowns on 33-of-53 passing. Cassel-to-Dwayne Bowe was a deadly combination, totaling 13 receptions, 186 yards and two touchdowns.
The defense did contain the Chiefs ground game, keeping Jamaal Charles to 41 yards on 14 carries. The Broncos' Knowshon Moreno saw plenty of holes in the Kansas City defense and took advantage of them. He finished the game with 22 carries and 106 yards on the ground.
The Broncos' 49 points are the second-best in team history, behind only their 50 points against the Chargers in 1963.
The Broncos are now 3-6 this season and face the San Diego Chargers on the road in a Monday Night Football game on Nov. 22.
Matt Cassel threw a 11-yard touchdown pass to Chris Chambers, who caught his first touchdown of the season. Champ Bailey was called for defensive pass interference on the play, but it was declined since the Chiefs scored a touchdown. The Chiefs attempted a two-point conversion, but Matt Cassel and Dwayne Bowe were unable to unable to complete the hookup.
Denver leads, 49-23.
Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton threw his fourth touchdown of the game, his second to Brandon Lloyd. The original ruling on the field was that Lloyd was out of bound when he made the catch, but Josh McDaniels challenged the call. The referee reviewed the play and determined that Lloyd made the catch while in bounds.
The Broncos lead 49-17 and could break the team record of 50 points in a game.
The Kansas City Chiefs took advantage of the Broncos’ first punt of the day by scoring on the ensuing drive. After a 22-yard pass to Jamaal Charles, Matt Cassel threw a pass to Dwayne Bowe who caught the ball at the five-yard line and then took it into the end zone.
Denver leads, 42-17.
It finally came! Tim Tebow threw his first NFL pass and it went for his first NFL touchdown pass. Tebow made a short pass to Spencer Larsen for a three-yard touchdown pass. At first it looked as if Tebow was going to run, but he then dumped it off to Larsen.
It took only nine games for Tebow to make a pass in a regular season game, but better now than never.
The touchdown pass puts the Broncos up 42-10.
The Broncos have looked like the team every Denver fan wanted them to look like this season: hungry, determined, powerful. Early in the first quarter, Kyle Orton struck for his first touchdown pass with Knowshon Moreno making a 17-yard reception. By the end of the first quarter, Orton had spread the ball around to his other receivers, and Brandon Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney each caught a touchdown pass. Gaffney made an impressive catch on the 40-yard throw as he made it over his shoulder with three Chiefs defenders surrounding him.The Broncos led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Tim Tebow scored his third rushing touchdown of the season when he made a one-yard rush into the end zone. The Broncos went up 28-0.
Running back Knowshon Moreno has been able to find gaps in the Kansas City Chiefs defense and has made the most of it. He has 67 yards on eight carries. He is averaging 8.4 yards per carry. Josh McDaniels will want to stick with Moreno during the second half to protect this lead.
The defense has looked reinvigorated with four sacks of Matt Cassel. On the sack by Mario Haggan, Jason Hunter picked up the fumble that resulted and took the ball 75 yards to the end zone. The Broncos took a 35-0 lead.
The Chiefs scored 10 points during the last two minutes of the game, and Matt Cassel came up limping after completing the five-yard touchdown pass to Jamaal Charles.
The Broncos can't let up in the second half of this game.
Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel was unable to protect the ball and paid the price for it. Mario Haggan stripped the ball from Cassel on a 17-yard sack, which was then picked up by linebacker Jason Hunter. Hunter returned the ball for a 75-yard touchdown.
The Denver Broncos are up 35-0 with just under six minutes left in the first half.
The Tim Tebow Package continues to play off as Tebow rushed for his third touchdown of the season, putting the Broncos up 28-0. Knowshon Moreno rushed for 20 yards on the drive, and a 22-yard reception by Demaryius Thomas brought the Broncos to the Chiefs’ goal line. However, Thomas landed on his backside and was down for several moments. He eventually stood up and walked back to the sidelines under his own power.
The Denver Broncos defense kept the Kansas City Chiefs from scoring on a long drive. The Chiefs got as close at Denver’s 27-yard line, but Mario Hagan sacked Matt Cassel for a seven-yard loss. Kicker Ryan Succop attempted a 52-yard field goal that missed wide right.
The Broncos continue to shutout the Chiefs, 21-0.
Kyle Orton threw a bomb to Jabar Gaffney for a 40-yard touchdown pass. Gaffney caught the ball with three Chiefs defenders in his vicinity. That was Orton’s third touchdown pass of the game, all to different receivers. Kansas City challenged the catch, but the replay system down on the field was inoperable. The Chiefs were not charged a timeout.
The drive took only three plays, which started with a 10-yard reception by Knowshon Moreno.
The Denver Broncos have come out to win today.
The Denver Broncos struck again in the first quarter with a six-yard touchdown reception by Brandon Lloyd. This drive saw Knowshon Moreno break off several runs of nine yards and a long one of 11. Eddie Royal also had a key 19-yard run during the drive.
Kyle Orton is 7-of-10 pass with two touchdowns, while Knowshon Moreno has 44 yards on five carries.
The Denver Broncos jumped out to an early 7-0 lead when Kyle Orton and running back Knowshon Moreno came together for a 17-yard touchdown pass. To set up the eventual touchdown, Orton made a 37-yard throw to Brandon Lloyd that put the Broncos on the Chiefs’ 31-yard line. Moreno had a 14-yard rush two plays later.
He will not start in Sunday’s game against the Chiefs and has been stripped of his captaincy for the season.
The team has fined Williams the most they can under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, will not start him on Sunday against the Chiefs and has stripped him of his captaincy for the rest of the season. Lindsay H. Jones of the Denver Post reports that Williams is set for his first court appearance on Dec. 13.
A future conviction could send him to prison for 10 days, and the NFL will likely suspend Williams since this was his second DUI.
While the Kansas City Chiefs lead the AFC West with a 5-3 record, the Denver Broncos are at the bottom of the division with a 2-6 record. The early pundit selections for this game are already favoring the Chiefs slightly. Over at ProFootballTalk, both Mike Florio and Gregg Rosenthal have chosen the Chiefs.
Florio finds the Broncos a broken team and that:
The Mile High advantage continues its disintegration toward a molehill.
It’s hard to argue that, especially after seeing the Broncos destroyed by Raiders in a 40-plus point loss at Invesco Field. Florio sees the Broncos defeating the Chiefs by two touchdowns. Given how the Broncos have played so far, this isn’t too far of a stretch.
Gregg Rosenthal, however, sounds a bit more positive about the Broncos because the team is “healthier, coming off a bye week, and playing at home against a division rival.” But in the end Rosenthal still believes the Broncos will lose due to their inability to stop the Rockies. He sees a two-point victory for the Chiefs. With the point differential less than a field goal, this is actually a too close to call game.
This 100th game between the Chiefs and Broncos should be a close one, like Rosenthal predicts.
(Sports Network) - It doesn't seem long ago that this one looked a lot different.
Though it's been a while since they've attained Super Bowl prowess, the Denver Broncos have been a consistent contender in the AFC West and usually a favorite to handle a Kansas City Chiefs franchise that's been floundering for the most part during a stretch that yielded a 10-38 record between 2007 and 2009.
Until a sea change began in the initial hours of 2010, that is.
In a 2009 season-wrapping game between these teams, who will face off at Invesco Field at Mile High this Sunday, last Jan. 3, Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles rumbled for a franchise-record 259 yards and two scores in a 44-24 Chiefs win at Denver, triggering the Chiefs' drastic turnaround that's been among the most prominent stories of the ongoing NFL schedule.
The Chiefs have used Charles and battering ram Thomas Jones for a league-best ground game on the way to the top rung on the midseason AFC West ladder, while Denver's 6-0 start last season has devolved into a 4-14 follow-up that has left initial coaching prodigy Josh McDaniels on the hot seat.
The second-year Broncos head coach's situation hasn't been helped by the severity of the losses, including a 45-point home debacle against the Raiders on Oct. 24 and an eight-point defeat against one-win San Francisco in a league showcase road trip to London the following Sunday, prior to last week's bye.
"It doesn't take a miracle," Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said when asked of what the team needs to turn things around. "It takes hard work and dedication. We have to get everyone rededicated. It's not like we don't work. We have to find a way to work harder and do things better."
Overall, Denver's current four-game losing streak has yielded a combined deficit of 71 points.
"We have to make sure when we come out of this bye week, as much as this thing hurts, we dust ourselves off, have a smile on our face, a song in our heart and go out and play some inspired football," said safety Brian Dawkins.
For Kansas City, though it's coming off an overtime loss to Oakland last Sunday, the challenge for head coach Todd Haley is maintaining the high expectations the 5-3 first-half start has created.
"You're still looking at a new beginning," Haley said. "This is an opportunity to start fresh. Thats probably what [the Broncos] are doing. Their record isn't what they want it to be. Ours isn't what we'd like it to be, but it is what it is. You are what you are.
"The key for us is that we just keep making progress. If we don't do that, if we slip that way, we're just not at a state where we can overcome it. Every day is so critical to us."
Kansas City holds a 54-45 lead in its all-time series with Denver, including an unconventional split of last year's home-and-home. The Chiefs were drilled by a 44-13 score when the teams met at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 13, but went to Denver and routed Kansas City, 44-24 in the regular season finale. That victory snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Chiefs in Denver. The teams earned a conventional home-and-home split of the 2008 series.
On Sunday, Kansas City will be trying to pull off its first two-game winning streak over the Broncos since sweeping them in 2000. The Chiefs last won in Denver in back-to-back years in 1999-2000.
The two storied franchises have met just once in the postseason, with the Broncos claiming a 14-10 road victory in a 1997 AFC Divisional Playoff.
McDaniels is 1-1 against both the Chiefs and Haley.
WHEN THE CHIEFS HAVE THE BALL
In his past four games, Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel has completed 67-of-108 passes (62 percent) for 762 yards with eight touchdowns versus one interception and a 104.0 passer rating. Kansas City ranks fourth in the NFL with a 99.6 quarterback rating in the second half and overtime of games in 2010. The Chiefs' rush offense is first in the NFL this season with a 179.6 yards per game clip. Last time around against Denver, while he was with the New York Jets in 2008, Jones had 138 rushing yards on 16 attempts (an 8.6-yard average) with two touchdowns. Fellow running back Charles had his franchise- record 259 rushing yards with two touchdowns in his last game versus Denver. Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe aims for a fifth consecutive game with a touchdown reception this week. With seven scoring catches, he needs just one to surpass a career-high set in 2008. Rookie wideout Verran Tucker, an undrafted free agent, recorded his first career touchdown reception on his first career catch last week.
Taken individually, linebacker D.J. Williams leads Denver with 72 tackles and cornerback Andre Goodman aims for a fourth consecutive game with an interception versus Kansas City. The Broncos by the numbers have been torched for nearly 4.6 yards per carry en route to a frightening 154.6 yards per week on the ground, and they've given up an average of 204.4 yards per game through the air with just nine sacks and five interceptions. Opponents have gotten a 40-7 jump in the first quarter and a 70-42 advantage in the fourth, meaning Denver's been soundly beaten at the start and the finish. Williams, with his 57 solo stops, has also been the Broncos' sack leader with 3 1/2 of the team's composite total. Five players, including veteran safety Dawkins and cornerback Bailey, have an interception apiece to make up the overall total.
WHEN THE BRONCOS HAVE THE BALL
For those seeking optimism, the Broncos have a 15-6 all-time record after the bye week and since 2000, Denver is 8-2 against Kansas City at home. Quarterback Kyle Orton had 431 yards in his last meeting against Kansas City, the second-most in his career, and posted his fifth 300-yard passing game of the season in the Week 8 loss to San Francisco. He ranks second in the league with an average of 313.6 passing yards per game in 2010 (2,509 total). Rookie quarterback Tim Tebow, the 25th overall pick in April's draft, has two rush touchdowns in his past three games in the Wildcat formation. Running back Knowshon Moreno has four rushing touchdowns in two career games vs. Kansas City, while backfield mate Correll Buckhalter averages 6.9 rush yards per carry for his career against the Chiefs (20 attempts, 137 yards). Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (878 receiving yards) needs 122 yards for the first 1,000-yard season of his career. He posted a fifth 100-yard receiving game of season against the 49ers and leads NFL with 17 catches of 20-plus yards this season. Lloyd had four catches for 95 yards (a 23.8-yard average) against San Francisco.
A recent contract extension signee, Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson had two interception-return touchdowns in last season's finale against Denver. Fellow linebacker Tamba Hali (eight sacks) needs a sack to surpass his career-high of 8 1/2 set in 2009. He aims for a fourth straight game with at least one sack as well. Rookie safety Eric Berry, the No. 5 overall pick in April's draft, had the first two interceptions of his career last week against Oakland, while cornerback Brandon Flowers had a pick in his last meeting with Denver. Numbers-wise, the Chiefs allow 331.3 yards per game, including a moderately stingy 98.4 rushing yards per week along with an average of 232.9 yards per game via the pass and seven interceptions and 19 sacks in eight games. Three players -- Flowers, Berry and safety Jon McGraw -- lead the team with two interceptions each, while the aforementioned Johnson has 64 tackles (48 solos) and Hali sets the pace with eight sacks.
More so than most matchups across the league this week, this one screams out as a definitive edge for the Kansas City running tandem of Charles and Jones facing an eternally-porous Denver run defense. Alongside, the surging Bowe indicates opportunity catching passes and Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop should have opportunities to cap drives. It's not all slanted toward the Chiefs, however. Orton has posted enough numbers thus far to warrant a play against the Kansas City pass defense, making Lloyd and perhaps No. 2 receiver Jabar Gaffney worthy of a nod.
Oh sure, the Broncos might effectively rally around McDaniels, circle the wagons at home and head off the charge of a seemingly more superior and legitimate foe in the Chiefs. But until Denver proves it can contend with the division's and league's elite, it's hard to make that case. Kansas City has a definitive edge in its strength -- running the ball -- against the Broncos' weakness, which is defending the run. That alone should dictate a game in which the visitors control the clock, the line of scrimmage and the scoreboard.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Chiefs 21, Broncos 13
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