Chiefs vs Broncos - Game 9

Posted Nov 9, 2010


CBS Regional Coverage
KCTV5 (CBS in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Kevin Harlan - Color Commentator: Solomon Wilcots

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Play-by-play: Mitch Holthus Color Commentator: Len Dawson Sideline Reporter: Kendall Gammon

The Chiefs and Broncos will square off for the 100th regular season installment of this division clash when Kansas City visits Denver on Sunday (11/14). The Chiefs are seeking to register back-to-back wins at Denver for the first time since ’99-00. Dating back to the Chiefs last visit to Denver, Head Coach Todd Haley’s squad has won six of its last nine contests. KC is one of eight AFC clubs with five or more victories and is seeking to stay atop the AFC West the standings. All three of the Chiefs losses have been by 10 points or less.

Kansas City is looking to rebound after suffering a 23-20 OT loss at Oakland (11/7). The Broncos enjoyed a bye last week after a 24-16 loss vs. San Francisco in London (10/31), marking the club’s fourth consecutive setback. Denver hasn’t dropped fi ve in a row in the course of a single season since ’90.

The Chiefs racked up 317 rushing yards in their last visit to INVESCO Field (1/3/10), including a franchise-record 259 yards from RB Jamaal Charles, as KC registered a 44-24 victory to close out the 2009 regular season. The Chiefs currently lead the NFL, averaging 179.6 ypg thanks to Charles (719 yards) and RB Thomas Jones (570 yards), who are on pace to become just the seventh tandem of teammates in NFL history to each top the 1,000-yard rushing plateau in a single season. The Chiefs have piled up 842 rushing yards in their last four games, a total higher than 12 teams have accumulated all season.

Kansas City ranks eighth in scoring defense, permitting 18.1 ppg. The Chiefs are one of seven clubs that have held six of their opponents to 20 points or less this season. The Chiefs have pitched back-to-back shutouts in the fi rst half of their last two contests and are seeking to accomplish that feat for the fi rst time in three straight games since 11/4/73 - 11/18/73. KC’s defense also ranks ninth in both rushing defense (98.4 ypg) and third-down efficiency (35.9%). LB Tamba Hali is tied for third in the NFL with 8.0 sacks.

WR Dwayne Bowe has caught a TD in four straight contests and would match a franchise record owned by E Chris Burford (9/8/62-10/12/62) and WR Otis Taylor (10/23/66-11/20/66) if he posts a TD catch for a fifth consecutive game. Bowe is on pace for 14 TD catches which would surpass the single-season club record of 12 was set by Burford in ’62. Bowe has 17 receptions for 268 yards with six TDs over his last four games, the most TD catches in the NFL during that timeframe. Next week Kansas City is home vs. Arizona (11/21), while Denver travels to San Diego (11/22) for Monday Night Football.

Kansas City holds a 54-46-0 (.540) all-time advantage over Denver in the 100 previous meetings between the two clubs (99 regular season, one postseason). The 54 Chiefs wins against the Broncos ties for the club’s highest win total against any individual opponent as the Chiefs have also beaten AFC West foe Oakland 54 times.

The Chiefs recorded a 44-24 victory at INVESCO Field (1/3/10) and are looking to win back-to-back games against the Broncos since taking four straight from ’99-00. RB Jamaal Charles set a franchise single-game rushing record with 259 yards with a pair of TDs. LB Derrick Johnson tied an NFL record, becoming the third linebacker in league annals to record two INT return TDs. The win snapped an eight game losing streak in Denver and marked the Chiefs fi rst victory at INVESCO Field. Denver won the most recent meeting between the two squads at Arrowhead by a 44-13 margin (12/6/09). Kansas City’s most recent season sweep of Denver came in 2000 while the Broncos last swept the Chiefs in 2007. The Broncos have won four of the last six contests in this series.

The Chiefs last back-to-back road victories against the Broncos came when Kansas City posted a 23-22 victory (9/24/00) and a 16-10 decision (12/5/99). The Chiefs overcame an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to claim a victory in the club’s last visit to Mile High Stadium in 2000.

In total, the Broncos have won 11 of the last 16 regular season meetings between these two clubs in Denver. The Broncos produced a 14-10 victory in the only postseason meeting between the two teams, a ’97 AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Arrowhead (1/4/98).

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