The Broncos didn’t earn any style points Sunday in Arrowhead Stadium, but in the end, a win is a win.
The team leaned on the fact they were playing a one-win team, and QB Peyton Manning and the offense did enough in a hard fought 17-9 win over Kansas City.
Manning tossed a pair of touchdown passes, and the Broncos held off the game Chiefs for the eight-point win.
Manning overcame an early interception to complete 22-of-37 throws for 285 yards for the Broncos (8-3), winners of six straight games.
Demaryius Thomas and Jacob Tamme each hauled in four passes and a score in the victory.
Knowshon Moreno, who hadn’t seen game action since Week 2, handled the bulk of the rushing attempts in Willis McGahee’s absence. He rushed for 85 yards on 20 carries for the game.
McGahee was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week after tearing the MCL in his right knee in last Sunday’s win over San Diego.
While Kansas City (1-10) played well defensively, the offense continued to struggle, as the Chiefs were unable to find the end zone all day in dropping their eighth straight contest. For the first time since 1976, the Chiefs have lost their first six home games.
Brady Quinn got the start at quarterback and was only able to throw for 126 yards on 13-of-25 efficiency. On a desperation heave, he was intercepted on the final play of the game.
Jamaal Charles paced the Kansas City rushing attack, finishing with 107 yards on 23 carries in the setback.
The Broncos, who are playing to try to get to one of the top two spots in the AFC, will be at home next week to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.