Mike Anderson ran for a 44-yard touchdown and Smith became the
first undrafted player in NFL history to reach 10,000 yards
receiving, as the Broncos handled the Kansas City Chiefs from start
to finish in a 30-10 victory Monday night.
"It's great to just play with Rod," said Charlie Adams,
himself an undrafted third-year receiver who has moved to third on
Denver's depth chart. "He's an inspiration to everyone out here,
especially guys like me who've struggled to stay in the league."
Jake Plummer went 13-of-18 for 152 yards -- including a 12-yard
TD to Smith -- and ran for a score on fourth-and-goal from the 1, an
efficient performance that was more than enough to blow out Trent
Green, Priest Holmes and the Chiefs.
"I didn't do much but just guided them down the field,"
Green finally threw his first touchdown of the season with 2
minutes left -- a 21-yard pass to Samie Parker -- but it was
cosmetic, a score that helped Dick Vermeil avoid his worst loss as
an NFL coach and the Chiefs avoid matching their worst loss in the
46-year history of this AFC West series.
"They beat us in about every way they could beat us," Vermeil
Green had 27 TD passes last year for the NFL's most productive
offense. The Chiefs (2-1), however, were anything but productive on
this night. Holmes finished with only 61 yards and backfieldmate
Larry Johnson had 13 yards on eight carries.
"The whole plan was to take away their best player," Broncos
linebacker Ian Gold said, speaking of Holmes. "We took away the
run. It's strange to see Kansas City unable to run."
"I think we proved we can play with the best of them," Broncos
defensive end Trevor Pryce said. "That was the best offense in the
NFL, make no doubt about it."
When the Broncos (2-1) weren't making Kansas City look bad, the
Chiefs were doing it themselves. They finished with 118 yards in
penalties, including eight infractions in the first half while the
Broncos were cruising to a 20-0 lead.
"I'm disappointed in myself," Vermeil said. "The coaches
lost, too. When you come out and lose like that, the coaches got
beat, and the players got beat. It's not just the players. Maybe we
have to do a better job when we get up here."
The perennially soft Kansas City defense added players this
season -- most notably defensive backs Patrick Surtain and Sammy
Knight and linebacker Kendrell Bell -- and when the Chiefs allowed a
total of 24 points over the first two games, it looked like the
fixes were working.
They took a big step backward against the Broncos, who finally
started clicking after two rugged games to start the season.
Anderson, who has struggled since hurting his ribs in the first
half of the opener against Miami, went through a huge hole
untouched in the first quarter for his long score and a 10-0 lead.
The Broncos used Anderson to work the clock in the second half
and he finished with 98 yards on 20 carries.
Three plays after his touchdown, Brown recovered his second
fumble of the season and the Broncos scored right away, when
Plummer saw Smith at the back of the end zone for the 12-yard
The Denver receiver caught seven passes for 80 yards. He hit his
milestone with a 19-yard catch in the third quarter, making him the
24th player to reach 10,000 yards. He celebrated in his typical
understated style -- getting up and lining up for the next play.
Five plays later, Plummer bootlegged in from a yard to give the
Broncos a 27-3 lead.
"Whether it's first-and-short or fourth-and-long, he goes hard
on every play," Broncos receiver Ashley Lelie said. "He makes the
big plays and he blocks for running backs. He's a complete
Early in the fourth quarter, Smith took a rough hit from Knight
after catching an 11-yard pass, but walked off the field under his
own power. He was diagnosed with a concussion and did not return.
The Broncos lost cornerback Champ Bailey to a hamstring injury
in the second quarter.
Chiefs OL Willie Roaf was inactive because of a hamstring
injury. ... Denver rookie Darrent Williams made his first start at
cornerback over Lenny Walls. ... Plummer took over holding duties
for Jason Elam's field goals. Elam missed two 53-yarders last week
with Todd Sauerbrun holding. He went 3-for-4 on Monday. His only
miss, from 46 yards, hit the left upright. ... Green passed Bill
Kinney for second place on the Chiefs' all-time completions list
behind Len Dawson. He has 1,338.