It wasn’t pretty, but the Kansas City Chiefs picked up a huge victory Sunday afternoon over the Denver Broncos 10-6 moving their record at home to 6-0 on the season.
Following a solid, yet unspectacular, first half it seems like the Chiefs did virtually everything they could to keep the Broncos on the verge of stealing a win in Arrowhead.
Between Barry Richardson being flagged for a penalty on the goal line that eventually led to Matt Cassel being sacked on a fourth down attempt to Dexter McCluster fumbling away great field position, Kansas City never seemed in sync.
The Chiefs offense only scored 10 points after averaging 34 the last three weeks with Dwayne Bowe being held without a catch for the first time in 47 games. Cassel had an off day as well with just 196 yards on 17-of-31 passing, but Jamaal Charles was good for another 100 yard day with 116 on 21 carries.
Denver had their way on the ground with Knowshon Moreno turning in his best game as a pro as he ripped off 161 yards on just 23 carries, but their passing game never got off the ground. After putting up 296 yards and 4 touchdowns three weeks ago against the Chiefs, Romeo Crennel’s unit held Kyle Orton to 117 yards and no scores.
Todd Haley was so excited about his team’s 8th win that he gave Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels a hug and a pat on the head instead of the point & curse.
Here are the best players for the Chiefs on offense, defense and special teams.
Offense: Jamaal Charles
It was clear early on that Broncos CB Champ Bailey would not be giving much ground to Bowe and that the Chiefs would need to get a big time game from Charles. Even though his 5.5 yards per carry will bring down his season average, Charles was his normal elusive self on the ground and also chipped in 2 catches for 20 yards.
In what will no doubt earn him even more respect in Haley’s eyes, Charles hurt his hand after being taken to the ground on the sidelines, but he found his way back into the game. With the Chiefs looking to finish off the Broncos in the final two minutes, Charles received the team’s final four carries including a first down run that all but sealed the game for Kansas City (Denver got the ball back with just :06 seconds remaining).
Defense: Brandon Carr
Hard to argue that the Chiefs have a tougher player than Brandon Flowers after the effort he put in Sunday even though he barely practiced this week. But the most impressive performance came from Carr, the man playing on the opposite side of Flowers.
Carr didn’t have any tackles against the Broncos, though that is because no one he was covering caught the ball. He was credited with 5 passes defensed and probably could have been given a 6th. Just an incredible job by a kid that has been picked on nearly non-stop this season as teams throw away from Flowers.
After the game Flowers said that he and Carr were one of the best — if not the best — duos in all of football. A few more games like this one and there won’t be any arguments from me or anyone else.
Special Teams: Dustin Colquitt
After an up-and-down start to the season, Colquitt has turned in three straight solid games including one of the best of his career Sunday.
Colquitt punted the ball 7 times and put 4 of those inside the 20 without any reaching the end zone for at touchback. Thanks to the hang time provided by the Chiefs punter, Denver return man Eddie Royal could only muster 37 yards on 3 returns.