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.
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