KC Chiefs vs Broncos: Analyzing Denver's Play Direction Tendencies

LONDON ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Kyle Orton #8 of Denver Broncos hands the ball off during the NFL International Series match between Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium on October 31 2010 in London England. This is the fourth occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

This week the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Denver Broncos in a mile high match-up.  The Chiefs are coming off a disappointing loss against the Oakland Raiders and are looking to pick up only their second road victory at Denver.

The jury is still out on whether Josh McDaniels is going to be a good head coach.  But one thing is for sure...he sure can dial up a great passing attack each week.

Every team in the NFL has strengths and weaknesses, tendencies, and go-to guys.  They have plays they like to call during tight situations or directions they like to run when in the middle of the football field.

Let's check out those tendencies.


Please refer to the Bewsaf Past Posts bar at the bottom of this article for any inquiries into other articles written this week.


Broncos Rushing Offense

Left End Left Tackle Left Guard Up the Middle Right Guard Right Tackle Right End
Plays: 21 Plays: 34 Plays: 11 Plays: 52 Plays: 13 Plays: 29 Plays: 22
NFL Rank: 24 NFL Rank: 7 NFL Rank: 25 NFL Rank: 16 NFL Rank: 26 NFL Rank: 15 NFL Rank: 19
Avg Gain: 2.10 Avg Gain: 2.41 Avg Gain: 3.27 Avg Gain: 3.87 Avg Gain: 2.31 Avg Gain: 2.14 Avg Gain: 4.64
NFL Rank: 32 NFL Rank: 31 NFL Rank: 22 NFL Rank: 16 NFL Rank: 29 NFL Rank: 30 NFL Rank: 20

Broncos Rushing Notes:

  • After looking at the rushing numbers one definite thing can be taken from them...the Broncos need to fix their rushing problems.  The Broncos are ranked at the bottom of many of the production ranks when it comes to rushing the ball.  The only bright spot it that the Broncos are ranked 16th overall when rushing the ball at their center.
  • The Broncos appear to like rushing the ball toward their young left tackle.  Denver has attempted 34 rushing plays his direction (7th most in the NFL).
  • Denver is 29th in rushing attempts in 2010 with 185 rushes. 
  • Since Chief's opponents have attacked KC directly at the nose guard 91 times (2nd most in the NFL) expect Denver to do the same.  Because of their propensity to pass the ball, also look for Denver to use a few draws.

  Broncos Rushing Yards Per Team vs Defensive Rushing Rank 

Week Team D.Rank yds
Jacksonville 22nd 89
2. Seattle 19th 65
3. Indianapolis 29th 47
4 Tennessee 14th 19
5. Baltimore 13th 39
6 New York Jets
4th 145
7. Oakland 25th 75
8. San Francisco
10th 59
9. Bye Week
10. Chiefs

  • The Denver Broncos have only rushed for 100 yards in a game (as a team) once this year.  Believe it or not, that was against the New York Jets.
  • The Broncos have face 2 top ten defenses against the run this year.  Still, they only have one 100 yard rushing game.  That tells me that the Denver Broncos have some serious issues in the run game.

Broncos Passing Offense




Plays: 23

Avg Gain: 13.7

NFL Rank: 7th

Plays: 16

Avg Gain: 15.2

NFL Rank: 11th

Plays: 28

Avg Gain: 17.3

NFL Rank: 1st


Plays: 99

Avg Gain: 6.8

NFL Rank:  3rd

Plays: 43

Avg Gain: 6.5

NFL Rank:  18th

Plays: 105

Avg Gain: 4.9

NFL Rank: 7th

Broncos Passing Zone Frequency Chart

Broncos Passing Notes:

  • For whatever lack of rushing game the Broncos can generate (or can't generate) they make up for it in the passing game.
  • Denver is 3rd in the NFL in attempts to the short left and 7th to short right.
  • The Broncos have good production numbers when throwing the ball long.  Denver is 6th in production when throwing the ball deep left, ranked 8th when throwing deep middle, and ranked 4th in production when throwing the ball deep right.  Those are good numbers.
  • In General, the Broncos can pass the ball effectively.  Short, Long...they get it around.
  • The Chiefs passing defense is still not to bad despite being ranked ??? in the NFL in yards per game.  The left side of the Chiefs secondary (offensive right) is stilled ranked 7th in the NFL in yards surrendered deep or long.
  • Look for the Broncos to have a few answers for the Chiefs coverages.  Denver will spread it around and find the holes in KC's secondary.  The Chiefs will bend...but will they break?
Broncos Passing Yards Per Team vs Defensive Passing Rank 


Week Team D.Rank yds
Jacksonville 28th
2. Seattle 30th
3. Indianapolis 7th
4 Tennessee 23rd
5. Baltimore 9th
6 New York Jets
7. Oakland 3rd
8. San Francisco
9. Bye Week
10. Chiefs

  • The Broncos have passed for over 300 yards 5 out of 8 games.
  • Denver has played 3 top ten defenses against the pass:  472 yards against Indianapolis, 307 yards against Baltimore, and 165 yards against Oakland.

No. Yds Avg Long TD
RECEIVING 1. Lloyd, Brandon 42 878 20.9 71 4

2. Gaffney, Jabar 45 516 11.5 28 1

3. Royal, Eddie 38 427 11.2 41 2

4. Thomas, Demaryius 16 215 13.4 31 2

5. Moreno, Knowshon 12 127 10.6 45 2

6. Buckhalter, Correll 16 106 6.6 12 1

7. Graham, Daniel 12 94 7.8 28 0

8. Maroney, Laurence 4 50 12.5 28 0

9. Gronkowski, Dan 6 43 7.2 13 0

10. Larsen, Spencer 3 37 12.3 29 0

11. Willis, Matt 1 17 17.0 17 0

12. Decker, Eric 0 0 0.0 0 0

Total 195 2510 12.9 71 12

Opponents 135 1695 12.6 58 12





Click On " Bewsaf Past Posts " for more past articles

*KC Chiefs vs Raiders: Analyzing Oakland's Play Direction Tendencies *Kansas City Chiefs O-Line Spotlight: Brian Waters

*Kansas City Chiefs Scoring By Field Position - Week 7


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