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Broncos Show Little Life on Offense, Fall to Chiefs 10-6

A few weeks back the Broncos laid a beating on the Chiefs. Today in Kansas City, the Broncos offense looked nothing like that team that scored 49 points the first time around.

The Chiefs defense did its part in making it the longest day of the season for Bronco QB Kyle Orton, who threw for just 117 yards on 9 for 28 passing.

The win for KC means they now own the AFC West by 2 games, as the Chargers lost to the Raiders. The Broncos, who were looking to play spoilers, are well out of it in the division at just 3-9.

Jamaal Charles ran for 116 yards and Matt Cassel threw a 3-yard pass to Leonard Pope for the only touchdown as the Chiefs moved to to 6-0 at home.

The loss means that the Broncos have lost seven of their last eight games, which has to put the future for coach Josh McDaniels in doubt.

Knowshon Moreno led the Broncos with 161 yards on 23 carries. “There were some penalties and turnovers and different things that kind of swayed momentum a little bit,” McDaniels said. “We just never could finish once we got down there in the red zone. They deserve a lot of credit, that’s why they’re where they’re at. They played and coached well today. That’s why they are on top of the division.”

Denver, down 10-6, got the ball at its own 15-yard line with 3:56 remaining. Brandon Lloyd caught an 18-yard pass for a rare first down, but Orton threw incomplete on the next play, was sacked by Javier Arenas on second down, then came up four yards short on a dump pass to Moreno.

The Broncos opted to punt with 2 1/2 minutes remaining and just two timeouts left. Kansas City moved the chains once and was able to chew off a little more than two minutes while reaching its 33-yard line.

“It wasn’t pretty, but at the same time I thought we came out and were able to overcome some adversity,” said Chiefs QB Matt Cassel. “Our hats go off to the defense.”

The Chiefs went up 7-0 late in the opening quarter thanks to an 11-play, 70- yard drive that featured a trio of third-down conversions. On 2nd-and-goal from the two, Cassel rolled to his right and found Pope at the 1:15 mark.

That would be just about it for the offense, but it was enough on a day that belonged to the Chiefs D.

Denver is at Arizona next Sunday to play the Cardinals.

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