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Old 12-02-2009, 09:51 AM   #1
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December 1st, 2009 - 3:58pm by Chris Gentilviso


Since starting their season 0-5, the Kansas City Chiefs have rebounded with three wins in their last six games.

Complementing the Chiefs’ recent success is a difficult road venue in Arrowhead Stadium. Denver is 1-12 all time in Kansas City during the month of December, with that lone victory coming fifteen years ago during Wade Phillips’ tenure as the team’s head coach.

“We know how difficult this has historically been, not only for the Denver Broncos but for any team, to go into Arrowhead Stadium and to win in December,” Head Coach Josh McDaniels said. “We would anticipate a very difficult division game ahead of us this weekend against a team that is continuing to get better as the season progresses.”

Two sparks behind the Chiefs’ progress include a player who wasn’t a big factor early in the season — running back Jamaal Charles — and another who wasn’t even with the team — wide receiver Chris Chambers.


After signing Chambers on Nov. 3 and releasing Larry Johnson on Nov. 9, the Chiefs finished 2-2 in the month of November. One of those two losses came in Jacksonville by a narrow 24-21 margin.

Over the first seven weeks of the season, the Chiefs’ single-game rushing high was Johnson’s 83 yards in a 14-6 win at Washington. Since Johnson’s departure to Cincinnati, Charles has racked up 90 rushing yards in a Week 10 win at Oakland and 103 rushing yards in last week’s loss to the Chargers.

With a 5.2 yards-per-carry average, the Broncos defense is already on notice regarding Charles’ capabilities.

“He’s a tough runner,” Wesley Woodyard said. “We’ve seen plays where guys take shots at him but he refuses to go down. And not only that, his play spreads over to special teams — he gets out there and makes tackles and he’s a good returner. So we have to make sure we can’t let him get in the game this week.”

Having that versatile weapon has opened up Kansas City’s passing game. Quarterback Matt Cassel’s options have been boosted by his rapport with Chambers.

Over those four November games, Chambers hauled in 17 catches for 319 yards and three touchdowns. Of those 17 receptions, five went for 20-plus yards and 13 went for first downs.

“He has added a playmaker to their offense, without question,” Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan said of Chambers. “He has been a guy that the quarterback feels confident in on a short notice.”

From working with him over the last four seasons in New England, McDaniels got a first-hand look at Cassel’s confidence. With him under center, the Chiefs have played competitively, as three of their eight losses this season have come by a total of 12 points.

To McDaniels, that stat defines how well this upcoming opponent prepares on a weekly basis.

“What I do know is this team plays hard, has a game plan each week and usually executes that plan pretty doggone well,” McDaniels said. “That’s why they’ve been in a lot of close games, some they’ve won (and) some they’ve lost. It’s like most teams in the league. You change a few plays here or there, you could be talking about a 6-5, 7-4 team instead of a team that doesn’t have that many wins.”

MCDANIELS ISSUES APOLOGY

McDaniels issued the following apology at his press conference Tuesday:

“I am going to just make sure that I apologize to anybody that was offended by the language that I used the other night on the sidelines during the (New York Giants) game,” he said. “I certainly didn’t intend for that to come across in that fashion and would hope that that never happens again. I’ll try my best to make sure that it doesn’t from my end, but anybody who was offended by that, young or old, I know that’s not the kind of example that I want to set or that we want to set here with the Broncos organization. I would ask people to accept that apology for that incident.”

Here are some photos from the start of Tuesday’s practice session:

– Chris Gentilviso, DenverBroncos.com

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Old 12-02-2009, 10:11 AM   #2
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This article talks about the Chiefs' playmakers, but I believe we have more playmakers than we've had in a long time. Let's bullrush that weak line and get Cassel...
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Larry Johnson is hiding in Cincinnati, Scott Fujita is hiding in New Orleans, Tony Gonzalez is hiding in Atlanta and Dwayne Bowe is hiding on his couch.
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And the rest must be hiding in Bob's ass.

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He should go on Jenny Craig or something.
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Old 12-02-2009, 12:38 PM   #10
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Ayers is quickly becoming one of my favorite "new" Broncos. Wearing "56" might have something to do with it.
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Old 12-02-2009, 12:47 PM   #11
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Derrick Thomas has been dead quite some time. I'm not aware of any playmakers in KC since then...well Neil Smith but he retired with Bronco SB Ring-itis so his playmaker is now Bronco playmaker...Hmm. Maybe I'm missing something. Did KC bring back Grbac?
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:12 PM   #12
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Broncos pretty good at stopping RB's and they know Chambers very well. 1 win in 15 yrs though in the month of december is a telling stat. It says by December KC usually playing better ball, it gets cold, the field turns to mud(seriously it turns to mud) etc etc.

Broncos will need a big effort but IMO the team is fired up and KC is going to get a heated effort from the Broncos. We will see how fired up Chiefs can get after last weeks charger ass whooping.
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:14 PM   #13
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In order to stop the chiefs playmakers we need to line up at least 6 guys on defense.
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Yes, I have some info on the Chiefs playmakers, but it's only 1/4 the size of my Famous Jewish Sports Legends leaflet.
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The only playmaker in Kc is Haley. I mean he makes up plays and writes them down.
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Sundays weather in KC is calling for a high of 43 with cloudy skies. No precipt is in the forecast... Not so bad, unless you live in SoCal or Florida
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It might be fun to make fun of the queefs and lack of playmakers but this game is not going to be easy and will be a dogfight to the end.
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If we don't stop Charles we are doomed.
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and with the snow and 20 degree weather we have now in Denver, that should feel lik socal or florida
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This needs to be repeated over and over, again. From what I've seen, he's actually BETTER than Larry Johnson in his heyday...
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I had a hard time making it past the first line. How sad are you when your "resurgence" is .500 ball?
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