On Denver’s first offensive play, quarterback Peyton Manning hit wide receiver Brandon Stokley, who lined up in the slot, for a 29-yard reception.
A pair of receptions by Eric Decker came on two of the next three plays, the first gaining 9 yards and the second gaining 14, to move Denver into the red zone.
With Decker’s second catch, he topped the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career. He and Demaryius Thomas are the first pair of Broncos receivers to top the 1,000-yard mark in the same year since 2004.
On third-and-6 from the Kansas City 10, Manning found fullback Jacob Hester for a 7-yard gain and a first down to the 3-yard line.
On the very next play, Manning gave it to running back Knowshon Moreno who took it in for the score. Click here to view the NFL Network highlight of the scoring play.
Following Matt Prater’s extra point, the Broncos led 7-0 in the first quarter.
Manning was 4-of-5 passing on the drive, connecting with three different receivers.
The drive took 8 plays, covered 69 yards of ground and took off 3:06 of clock. Denver has now scored a touchdown on the opening drive in four of its last five games.