Now it’s a few weeks later, and the Broncos are playing spoilers, sitting at 3-8, while the Chiefs are frantically trying to hold off the Chargers for the first in the division at 7-4.
The Broncos won 49-29 a couple weeks back, they pounded the Chiefs in the first half, going up 35-0 – the largest first-half deficit in Chiefs history – and after the game Chiefs coach Todd Haley pointed his finger at Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, who extended his hand for the customary post game handshake, and turned and stomped away without shaking.
Haley apologized for his actions the following day but declined to say what upset him, setting up an interesting sidebar to this AFC West game Sunday.
The Chiefs are coming off a win in Seattle last week, 24-14, and amassed a season-best 503 yards at Qwest Field as Matt Cassel tied his career high with four touchdown passes. Three of them were to Dwayne Bowe, who extended his streak of at least one TD catch to seven straight games.
“We’ve become very hard to defend,” Haley said. “That’s our goal to be a balanced team, but it starts with the run.”
For the Broncos, Kyle Orton had a huge game last time, and will need to do that again at Arrowhead if the Broncos are going to get the sweep.
The Broncos’ win over the Chiefs last month is their only victory in seven games. With a 36-33 loss to St. Louis last Sunday, Denver fell to 5-16 since Nov. 1, 2009 – its worst 21-game stretch in four decades – and is one defeat away from missing the playoffs.
The best bet is to put it in the hands of Orton, who is the NFL leader with 3,370 passing yards, threw for 296 yards and a career-best four touchdown passes against Kansas City last month.
It won’t be enough though, as the Broncos are on their way to missing the playoffs again under Josh McDaniels, and the team has fallen apart after last weeks “Spygate” part two.
The Chiefs are the better team, and will get their revenge on Orton and the Broncos in winning this one.
Kansas City 34 Denver 24