Hmm, loading up to stop the run against a Peyton Manning-led team? That’s exactly what the Chiefs opted for on Sunday.
The strategy was anything but predictable, but the result was, as the Broncos (10-2) overcame a 21-7 deficit and hung on for a 35-28 (Gamebook) win over the host Chiefs (9-3), completing a season sweep and giving them a commanding advantage atop the AFCW.
It was a record-setting day for Peyton Manning, whose five touchdown passes gave him a new franchise mark of 41 on the season, and for Eric Decker, whose four scores set a new Broncos single-game record.
Inactives: Broncos - Derek Wolfe, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Julius Thomas, J.D. Walton, Chris Kuper, Zac Dysert, C.J. Anderson
Chiefs - Justin Houston, Tyler Bray, Nico Johnson, Eric Kush, Rokevious Watkins, Rishaw Johnson, Kyle Love.
Enjoy the games, and Go Texans!
Good morning, Broncos fans! Another big game. Another Chiefs loss:
The rematch was just two weeks away
for the ketchup and mustard to play.
The results are the same
with their conservative game,
and the loss of Reid's balls in the fray.
Let loose with your version--with or without balls.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Our thoughts today continue to be with Derek Wolfe, whose latest frightening episode will keep him out of today's rematch at Arrowhead.
According to ESPN, Wolfe did not suffer a stroke or full-blown seizure, but it is unclear when he will be able to return to football activities.
The second-year lineman reportedly underwent a battery of tests Friday and Saturday, including MRI, CT scan, and X-rays.
Doctors have reportedly concluded that Friday's seizure-like symptoms were not linked to any prior injuries.
According to the Broncos, Derek Wolfe experienced seizure-like symptoms on the team's bus ride to DIA on Friday, and is recovering in an area hospital.
The team had announced earlier on Saturday that Wolfe had been ruled out, but no details had been given regarding his condition.
While playing professional football isn't great for anyone's general well-being, Wolfe's 2013 has been notably difficult healthwise.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's true - Knowshon Moreno has been a rock for Denver, for more than a year now.
But when it's said that Knowshon has gotten up with the ball in his hands for 389 straight touches, there's a convenient omission of sorts.
In full disclosure, Moreno did fumble against Dallas in Week 5.
But because he was fortunate enough to emerge with the ball - and remember, recovering fumbles is all about luck, as last week's game reinforced so well - it can be said that Knowshon hasn't lost a fumble since Week 2 against Atlanta in 2012.
Knowshon Moreno, Champ Bailey, and Omar Bolden were upgraded to full practice participants Friday, and are listed as probable for Sunday's game at Arrowhead.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Julius Thomas were again limited, and are questionable, as is Derek Wolfe, who fell ill on Friday and did not travel with the team to Kansas City.
According to the DP, Wolfe will be ruled out if he's unable to travel by sometime on Saturday afternoon.
Don’t you love life’s little ironies?
Just moments after Cris Collinsworth had long-windedly and orgasmically extolled the brilliance of Chiefs RT Eric Fisher (#72) during Denver's 27-17 Week 11 win, Derek Wolfe notched his fourth sack of the season by ragdolling Fisher. It happened with 9:35 left in the third quarter, and KC’s Alex Smith (#11) playing from the shotgun.
Since before he was drafted, I have liked Fisher’s play, and I enjoy watching his work. He’s learning quickly enough as a rookie for me to expect that at some point he’s going to take over the left tackle position from Branden Albert, just in view of his play so far. That doesn’t make his first year in the pros any less of a learning experience, though - every player has rookie moments.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Peyton Manning and Joel Dreessen were full practice participants Thursday, after having been held out on Wednesday.
Knowshon Moreno, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Omar Bolden made limited returns, while Kayvon Webster was upgraded to a full participant.
Champ Bailey and Julius Thomas were again limited, and are expected to play on Sunday.