There’s nothing quite like a blowout when you’re on the plus side of it. The Broncos needed such a game — and they got one Sunday against the Chiefs.
I know, it was “only” against the Chiefs, who are certainly on the south side of decent during a recent losing streak. But still, the Broncos went out and dominated a team that they should dominate.
I was really impressed with quarterback Jay Cutler. I’ve been saying it for awhile, but he continues to get better. There weren’t any red-zone issues against Kansas City. The Broncos offense flat-out did a lot of good things against the Chiefs and Cutler was in complete control. I still find it amazing that he has made only 18 career starts in the NFL.
How good did Brandon Marshall look? Holy guacamole, this young man can play. He is becoming a terrific receiver right before our eyes. The way he gains yards after the catch, the way he has improved as a blocker … it’s impressive, to say the least.
I can’t forget about the defense, either. The Chiefs gained 129 net yards. Are you kidding me? This is the NFL. One-hundred twenty-nine net yards?!
Elvis Dumervil keeps making things happen. The Chiefs’ offensive line is best by injuries, but a guy still has to go out and make plays and Elvis did that. Not only did he get to the quarterback, but he also forced Brodie Croyle to fumble the ball. Nice.
And seriously, how solid is Champ Bailey? It is such a treat to watch him play. No one throws at him for weeks and yet the last few games he winds up with a couple of interceptions.
I could go on and on. The Broncos hummed along on offense and flew around on defense. It was just fun to watch them blow somebody out, even if the team they routed is having major struggles.
Now it’s on to face the Houston Texans. If anyone thought this was going to be an easy game, then that person needs to think again. Houston upset Tampa Bay on Sunday and is much, much better under head coach Gary Kubiak.
If Sage Rosenfels starts for Matt Schaub again on Thursday night, Rosenfels will certainly be confident after leading the Texans to that solid win over the Bucs on Sunday. Rosenfels is in his sixth year, so he won’t get rattled too easily.
It will also be interesting to see if Coach Kubiak will have any tricks up his sleeve for Mike Shanahan. Or to flip it around, will Coach Shanahan put in any wrinkles for his longtime former assistant? Let the chess match begin.
It’s a quick turnaround for Thursday’s game. But if the Broncos can pull off a win, they’ll get a few extras days to get ready for the showdown against the Chargers.
And if the Broncos play as well as they did Sunday against the Chiefs, they’ll likely be coming back from Houston with another must win.
How encouraged were you by the win over the Chiefs? Did it make you feel better or do you chalk it up to facing an inferior opponent? I appreciate your thoughts and as always, thank you for reading.