KANSAS CITY MO - DECEMBER 05: Head coach Todd Haley of the Kansas City Chiefs pats head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos on the head following the game on December 5 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Broncos Vs. Chiefs: Denver Wastes Knowshon Moreno's 161 Yards, Falls To Kansas City, 10-6

Kyle Orton and Josh McDaniels deserve the blame for this loss. For how much longer will the two be in Denver?

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Broncos Vs. Chiefs: Knowshon Moreno Rushes For 161 Yards In Denver's 10-6 Loss To Kansas City

The Denver Broncos had numerous opportunities to win today's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, but ultimately the Chiefs escaped with a 10-6 victory. The Broncos were luck to even score two field goals. Now 3-9, Denver has officially been eliminated from AFC West title contention.

The biggest problem today was Kyle Orton's inability to be even a decent quarterback. He went 9-of-28 for 117 yards for no touchdowns and a 46.27 QB rating. When the Broncos needed to come up big in the fourth quarter, Josh McDaniels called all passing plays, which Orton threw most for incompletions. Josh McDaniels did not go at all to running back Knowshon Moreno on the groud during the final three possessions.

Moreno had the best game of his young career by rushing for 161 yards on 23 carries. He had a long run of 24 yards in the fourth quarter and then didn't rush the ball anymore. He did, however, catch one ball for 14 yards. Too little, too late.

Orton also lost the ball late in the fourth quarter when the Chiefs' Tamba Hali sacked Orton and then stripped and recovered the ball. To end the game, Orton threw a deep pass to Brandon Lloyd that fell for an incompletion--much to no one's surprise. And Orton would have had several interceptions if not for the failure of the Chiefs' secondary to put some hands on the balls.

Cornerback Champ Bailey played one of his best games as a Bronco, dominating Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe all game long. Bowe was Matt Cassel's target three times, but didn't record a catch. His Broncos counterpart, Brandon Lloyd, suffered as a result of Kyle Orton's abysmal showing. He caught two passes for 31 yards.

The Chiefs Jamaal Charles rushed for 116 yards and Thomas Jones caught four passes for 54 yards. Outside of Matt Cassel's two-yard touchdown pass to Leonard Pope in the first quarter, the Broncos' defense was dominant.

The play that best summed up this game came late in the fourth quarter when the Chiefs made their last punt of the game. The play eventually resulted in the Broncos having the ball at their eight-yard line, but before the referees determined that, it appeared the Chiefs recorded a safety. The Broncos player who recovered the ball kept faling back and wound up in his own end zone. Thankfully, the Chiefs' Tony Moeaki touched it earlier at the eight-yard line.

Kyle Orton should be held accountable for his poor play, but Josh McDaniels needs to answer for his odd fetish for passing the ball late in the game while Knowshon Moreno was clearly ready to pound the Chiefs. McDaniels should not be sitting comfortably after this loss, and with Kyle Orton's poor play there will be even more pressure to play Tim Tebow.

The Broncos head to Phoenix next Sunday to face the Arizona Cardinals at 2:15 p.m. MT.

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Broncos Vs. Chiefs: Prater Field Goal Cuts Lead, KC Up 10-6 Early In Fourth Quarter

The Denver Broncos cut the Kansas City Chiefs lead to 10-6, scoring on a 41 yard field goal by Matt Prater.

The 44 yard, 8 play drive, ate up 2:42 of the play clock. The score was set up by a Dexter McCluster fumble near the end of the third quarter giving the Broncos the ball on their own 33-yard line.

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Broncos Vs. Chiefs: Late Field Goal Lifts Kansas City To 10-3 Halftime Lead

The first half came to a close as the Kansas City Chiefs place kicker Ryan Succop kicked a personal season long 47-yard field goal to extend the lead over the Denver Broncos 10-3.

Denver coach Josh McDaniels tried to ice Succop, calling a timeout before the kick, but after the break Succop didn't crumble and split the uprights.

The fast moving first half came to a close with the two teams combining for a total of 339 yards.

For the Broncos, quarterback Kyle Orton was 5 of 10 for 71 yard with no touchdowns or interceptions. Knowshon Moreno rushed 15 times for 85 yard to lead the team. On the day Orton has found five different receivers, with Eric Decker leading in yards after a 28 yard reception on the Broncos scoring drive.

The Chiefs are led by Matt Cassel, who completed 11 of 19 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown. Jamaal Charles leads the Chiefs in rushing, registering 45 yards on the ground. Tony Moeaki and Thomas Jones each have three receptions a piece, securing 46 and 42 yards respectively. All-Pro receiver Dwayne Bowe does not have a catch while Leonard Pope has the lone touchdown on the day.

The Chiefs will receive the second half kickoff.

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Broncos Vs. Chiefs: Moreno Runs Wild, Leads To Denver Field Goal, Chiefs Up 7-3

The Denver Broncos got on the board against the Kansas City Chiefs, scoring on a 25-yard field goal to decrease the Chiefs' lead to 7-3.

With 1:19 left in the second quarter, Matt Prater kicked the field goal after a sustained drive by Denver.

The 12 play, 85-yard drive, which consumed 5:20 of the play clock, was highlighted by a big dose of Knowshon Moreno rushing for 38 yards on the first five plays of the drive getting the Broncos out of deep in Chief territory. Kyle Orton also found Eric Decker on a 28-yard pass play on 3rd and 12 from the Denver 40 to keep the drive alive. For the drive, Moreno rushed for 61 yards.

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Broncos Vs. Chiefs: Kansas City Strikes First, Lead 7-0

On a cold day at Arrowhead Stadium the Kansas City Chiefs scored the first touchdown of the game, and lead the Denver Broncos 7-0.

The touchdown occurred as Matt Cassel found Leonard Pope in the back of the end zone on a 3 yard touchdown pass.  The score was set up by a 20 yard pass from Cassel to Thomas Jones, which put the ball on the 5-yard line.

In the game, Cassel has thrown for 51 yards and the touchdown, Jamaal Charles has 21 rushing yards and Jones leads the team in receiving yards.

For the Broncos Kyle Orton has thrown for 30 yards, Knowshon Moreno has nine rushing yards and Jabar Gaffney leads in receiving yards.

The scoring drive was an 11 play, 70-yard drive that took 6:29 off the clock.

The Broncos received the opening kickoff but were forced to punt after a seven drive, 31-yard drive that stalled on the Chiefs' 39 yard line. The teams then swapped a series of punts before the score.

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Broncos Vs. Chiefs Injury Report: Brian Dawkins, Demaryius Thomas Among Those Officially Declared Out

The Denver Broncos have declared four players out for this weekend's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Safety Brian Dawkins, cornerback Andre Goodman, safety Darcel McBath and receiver Demaryius Thomas will not play in this week's contest.

It was no secret that Dawkins, Goodman and Thomas would be out for Sunday's game as that's what the team was saying all week. McBath actually had a chance at taking the field this week as he had limited participation on Thursday, but he didn't practice on Friday.

Goodman has missed most of the season, playing in only four games so far. As a result, the Broncos have been forced to play rookies and young guys to make up for Goodman's absence. Perrish Cox will continue to be counted on to step his performance up with Goodman out. Cox will also handle kick returns with Thomas out. However, Eddie Royal could also take those returns.

 

Name  Position  Injury  Wed.  Thu.  Fri.  Status
Brian Dawkins S  Knee  DNP  DNP  DNP  Out
Andre Goodman CB  Hip  DNP  DNP  DNP  Out
Darcel McBath S  Quadricep  DNP  LP  DNP  Out
Demryius Thomas WR  Ankle  DNP  DNP  DNP  Out
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