|11-11-2007, 07:34 PM||#1|
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Denver Broncos Vs. Cheffies (game articles)
Broncos rely on Young, revived defense to bag rare win in K.C.
Nov. 11, 2007
CBSSports.com wire reports
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nobody is happier than Denver to see Kansas City's vaunted Arrowhead Stadium advantage melting away.
With backup Selvin Young rushing for 109 yards and Denver scoring two touchdowns 9 seconds apart, the injury-weakened Broncos beat the Chiefs 27-11 Sunday for their first win in Kansas City since 2002. It's the third home loss this year for the Chiefs, who came into the season with an NFL-best 104-36 home record since 1990.
"The Chiefs have been so good over the years taking advantage of their home field, with their crowd, and finding a way to win," said Denver coach Mike Shanahan. "They have the best home record in the National Football League over the last five or six years and it's nice to come out with a win."
The Broncos (4-5) might also have helped a new quarterback era get started for Kansas City (4-5).
Whip-armed Brodie Croyle replaced shaken-up, turnover-prone Damon Huard in the third quarter and the second-year pro could start next week in Indianapolis. Croyle was expected to be the starter this year, but coach Herm Edwards turned to Huard when Croyle played inconsistently in the preseason.
"I haven't decided anything," Edwards said. "I'll think about it Monday and then we'll talk about what we're going to do at quarterback on Tuesday."
In the decisive series in the third quarter, Dre' Bly intercepted Huard and set up a 20-yard touchdown run by Young, who was subbing for the injured Travis Henry.
On Kansas City's next play from scrimmage, defensive end Elvis Dumervil crashed into Huard and knocked the ball loose. Linebacker Nate Webster, in the right place at the right time, scooped it up and dashed 17 yards for another touchdown. The Broncos led 20-8 en route to just their sixth win in their last 21 games overall.
Huard was slow getting up and stayed on the bench with an ice pack on his neck while Croyle finished the game, going 17-for-30 for 162 yards, with one interception.
"I did some good things," said Croyle. "We moved the ball for the most part."
He declined to speculate whether he now owns the job.
"I try not to read into anything," he said. "I just go out there and do what I do."
Dwayne Bowe had nine catches for 105 yards for the Chiefs, who lost consecutive home games for the first time since 2004 and were without Pro Bowl running back Larry Johnson. Priest Holmes, a three-time Pro Bowler, had 65 yards on 20 carries in his first start in more than two years.
"I feel great," he said. "I look forward to running that hill tomorrow and doing the things you have to do to build that base and make yourself better."
Holmes also lost 14 yards on a third-and-2 run from the 5. Clearly, the more effective backup running back in this game was Young, who had his first 100-yard effort and first NFL touchdown.
"I want to be a puzzle piece and try to fit with no space in between," Young said. "I want to step up and not be a dropoff at all, no falloff in one of the most important positions on the team. I felt I've put myself in a position to be able to handle it."
The home team had won the last nine games between these old rivals, and it seemed that would continue as the Broncos stumbled around in the first quarter, dropping two interceptions and getting six penalties.
Jason Elam, whose game-ending field goals produced Denver's first three wins, made it 3-0 in the first period with a 44-yarder. Then Dave Rayner, following Derrick Johnson's interception of Jay Cutler's pass, kicked a 38-yard field goal for KC.
Pollard blocked Todd Sauerbrun's punt through the end zone for a safety just a few seconds into the second quarter. Then Elam kicked his 37th career field goal of 50 yards or more when the ball hit the crossbar and tumbled over from exactly 50 yards.
Cutler, whose availability was in question earlier in the week because of a deep bruise on his left leg, was 17-of-29 for 192 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Graham with 10:44 left in the fourth quarter.
"I felt good the whole game," Cutler said. "The offense put up points when we had to. We've got to keep this level of play up. That's the biggest thing."
Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson said he does not believe Larry Johnson is out for the year, but declined to say how long he might be gone.
Denver came into the game giving up a league-worst 161.5 yards on the ground, but let the Chiefs rush for only 67.
The Associated Press News Service
|11-12-2007, 12:25 PM||#2|
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Extra points: Bests, worsts & more from Broncos-Chiefs
By Bill Williamson
The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 11/12/2007 01:23:41 AM MST
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Strong start for Young
Run: Rookie running back Selvin Young, who started in place of injured Travis Henry, had a 34-yard gain during the first quarter that set up Jason Elam's 44-yard field goal and the Broncos' 3-0 lead.
Deflections: Dré Bly and fellow Denver cornerback Karl Paymah made interceptions off deflected balls.
Special-teams moment: Kansas City's Bernard Pollard blocked a Todd Sauerbrun punt out of the end zone during the second quarter, giving the Chiefs a 5-3 lead with a safety.
Cheer: Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle was greeted warmly when he replaced starter Damon Huard on the series after Nate Webster's defensive TD.
Hold your horses, Elvis
Concentration: Denver defensive end Elvis Dumervil was called for being offside three times on the Chiefs' final drive of the game.
Run: On third-and-2 from Denver's 5-yard line, Chiefs running back Priest Holmes was pushed backward 13 yards. Kansas City settled for a field goal and an 8-6 lead.
Play: During the second quarter, Kansas City cornerback Benny Sapp jerked Brandon Marshall's face mask, bringing the Broncos receiver down hard. Marshall, who gained 85 yards on six catches, had to leave the game for a few plays, and Sapp was penalized.
Dumervil's sack produces points
The Broncos took a 20-8 lead in the third quarter Sunday when defensive end Elvis Dumervil sacked the Chiefs' Damon Huard for an 8-yard loss. Huard fumbled and linebacker Nate Webster picked up the bouncing ball, returning the fumble 17 yards for a touchdown.
"It's big plays like that that win games," Broncos defensive back Domonique Foxworth said.
CRAZY PLAY OF THE GAME
Elam gets kick out of bounce
A field-goal attempt of 50 yards by Denver's Jason Elam in the second quarter hit the goalpost and bounced through the uprights for three points. The ball curved after appearing to be short. Elam played with an injured right calf and favored that leg throughout the game.
"That was a nice bounce," Elam said.
HIT OF THE GAME
Scheffler shaken by "a good pop"
In the first quarter, Broncos tight end Tony Scheffler was hammered by Chiefs safety Greg Wesley just as Scheffler was bringing in a pass from Jay Cutler inside the Chiefs' 45. Scheffler couldn't hold onto the ball as it flew into the air. He crumbled to the ground and left the game a play later because of a chest injury, but returned later.
"It was a good pop," Scheffler said. "He hit me square in the chest with his helmet. What are you going to do?"
The Grades | By Bill Williamson
B: This was an important day for Selvin Young. He started for the injured Travis Henry and might become the Broncos' full-time tailback in two weeks if Henry is suspended by the NFL. Young had 109 yards on 20 carries. It was a confidence booster for him. Quarterback Jay Cutler managed the offense well against a pretty good Kansas City defense.
B: Priest Holmes ran to daylight too much, but the Broncos' defense had a solid game. It confused Kansas City and took the ball away four times. It was the first game of the season in which the Broncos did not allow a touchdown.
B: Having a punt blocked for a safety mars the overall effort, but this group has shown steady improvement. The coverage units are much better than they were in September, and kick returner Andre Hall is running with an edge. Kicker Jason Elam kicked field goals of 44 and 50 yards despite a bad calf.
A: For all the heat he has received this season, Broncos defensive boss Jim Bates deserves credit for Sunday's performance. The defensive unit showed immense improvement. Kudos also to coach Mike Shanahan for helping his team keep its eyes on the prize after a 37-point loss at Detroit last week.
A: It wasn't pretty, but the Broncos had a remarkable day. To win at Kansas City for the first time in five years and the second time in nine years is a big deal. Even more remarkable, the Broncos are sitting pretty in the AFC West despite a 4-5 record.
|11-12-2007, 12:53 PM||#3|
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|11-12-2007, 01:18 PM||#4|
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4 wins out of 9 games this year +
6 wins out of these last 12 games last year.
Oct 15 Oakland - W (13-3)
Oct 22 at Cleveland - W (17-7)
Oct 29 Indianapolis - L (31-34)
Nov 5 at Pittsburgh - W (31-20)
Nov 12 at Oakland - W (17-13)
Nov 19 San Diego - L (27-35)
Nov 23 at Kansas City - L (10-19)
Dec 3 Seattle - L (20-23)
Dec 10 at San Diego - L (20-48)
Dec 17 at Arizona - W (37-20)
Dec 24 Cincinnati - W (24-23)
Dec 31 San Francisco - L (23-26 OT)
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|11-12-2007, 01:19 PM||#5|
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Holmes also lost 14 yards on a third-and-2 run from the 5.
Easily one of my favorite plays of the game.