4:15 PM ET, December 4, 2005
4:15 PM ET, December 4, 2005
Denver (9-2) at Kansas City (7-4) Sunday 4:15 pm EST
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) -- The Kansas City Chiefs opened a brutal closing stretch in impressive fashion.
On Sunday, the Chiefs look to move closer to the first-place Denver Broncos when the AFC West rivals meet for the second time this season.
Kansas City began a stretch of six straight games against teams with winning records to end the season with a 26-16 victory over two-time defending Super Bowl champion New England last Sunday.
The victory over the Patriots helped the Chiefs remain tied with San Diego for second place in the AFC West, two games behind Denver.
Denver made an early statement within the division this season with a 30-10 victory over Kansas City on September 26 in a Monday night game.
Jake Plummer went an efficient 13-of-18 for 152 yards and a touchdown and also ran for a score and Mike Anderson rushed for 98 yards and a score to pace the Broncos. Denver also received a big effort from its defense, which held Kansas City out of the end zone until the waning moments.
Holmes is now sidelined for the season, but Johnson has played well in his absence. Johnson has four straight 100-yard games and is 32 yards shy of his first 1,000-yard season.
Johnson's impressive run will be tested against the Broncos, who allow just 79.1 yards per game on the ground to rank first in the NFL.
The Broncos ran their winning streak to four games with a 24-21 overtime victory at Dallas on Thanksgiving. Picking up the slack for Tatum Bell, who missed the game with a shoulder injury, Ron Dayne rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown. The former Heisman Trophy winner busted loose for a 55-yard run in overtime to set up Jason Elam's 24-yard field goal.
Series: The Chiefs leads, 50-41.
Next week: Denver hosts Baltimore, December 11 Kansas City visits Dallas, December 11
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Chiefs must stop the run
It is crunch time in the AFC West, which is shaping up as the AFC's most competitive division. For the visiting Broncos, Sunday's trip to Arrowhead Stadium serves as an opportunity to distance themselves from the pack. Led by QB Jake Plummer, Denver's balanced offensive attack will look to control tempo versus a Kansas City defense that picked off New England QB Tom Brady four times last week.
The schedule down the stretch for the Chiefs is very difficult, which makes Sunday's home game versus the division-leading Broncos that much more critical. In order to capitalize, RB Larry Johnson must use his bruising running style to overpower Denver's athletic linebacking corps, and QB Trent Green must limit his mistakes -- particularly when throwing in DC Champ Bailey's direction.
|Avg Points Allowed||18.4||21.4|
|TEAM OFFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|TEAM DEFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|Pass Yds Allowed||DEN|
|Rush Yds Allowed||DEN|
|Denver leads 6-4|
|Sep 26, 2005||DEN 30, KC 10|
|Dec 19, 2004||DEN 17, @KC 45|
|Nov 6, 2004||DEN 17, KC 11|
|Sep 12, 2004||DEN 34, KC 24|
|Dec 7, 2003||DEN 45, KC 27|
|Oct 5, 2003||DEN 23, @KC 24|
|Dec 15, 2002||DEN 31, KC 24|
|Oct 20, 2002||DEN 37, @KC 34|
|Dec 16, 2001||DEN 23, @KC 26|
|Oct 7, 2001||DEN 20, KC 6|