KANSAS CITY MO - DECEMBER 05: Tamba Hali #91 of the Kansas City Chiefs sacks quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos during the game on December 5 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos 10-6 on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. As usual, there's a lot to talk about from Dwayne Bowe being shut out to Brandon Flowers' injury. I started with five things to remember and then added two, so here are seven things to remember from the game.
Dwayne Bowe was the most important man on the field. Possibly even more than the running game, Bowe was the most important man on the field and the Broncos treated him like he was. Bowe told us after the game that they had a "nice little game plan" for him by clouding him a little and some double coverage. He had zero catches for the first time in 46 games.
Dwayne Bowe is talking again? This is, I believe, the third consecutive week we've seen Dwayne Bowe speak to the media. I know fans have repeatedly asked me why we don't hear from Bowe more often so the last few weeks of him speaking with the media after the game has been nice. He didn't talk (more than once or twice) from basically training camp to two weeks ago.
Jamaal Charles' effectiveness has few limits. Believe it or not, Charles' 116-yard day was one of his least effective -- and it was still pretty damn good. He's received the ball over 20 times in three games this year totaling 177, 173 and 116 yards in those games. When you give him the ball a lot, he responds. Sunday's game was solid but his "worst" yards per carry since the last Broncos game.
Brandon Flowers just had cramps. Flowers was replaced at times in the second half because of cramps, which scared some of us seeing him limp off the field. Maybe it's because he was limited all week in practice or maybe stuff like that just happens but he had to be carried off the field at one point. He was in and out in the second half and I saw trainers stretching him on the bench. It sounds like he'll be OK but, then again, this is the Chiefs and we really don't know anything about their injuries.
It was cold but real winter has yet to come. It was definitely cold on Sunday at Arrowhead and that favors the Chiefs in a lot of games because they run the ball and stop the run. But it wasn't Kansas City cold, as we've come to know it. It was only in the high 20s and low 30s and there was no snow on the ground. That said, how these guys go out there with no sleeves on and bang around is beyond me. You can't let anyone tell you football's not a tough sport.
24 hours to enjoy a win. Todd Haley gives the Chiefs 24 hours to enjoy a win so they'll be going in to get some treatment and what not today before moving onto San Diego. All the players said basically said the same thing -- we'll enjoy this for a minute but it's time to move on.
Players know San Diego is coming. OK, so the Chiefs players will tell you they take it one game at a time -- and I definitely believe that. But nearly every player we talked to in the locker room referenced the San Diego game next week indicating they know the significance of it. What most players didn't know at the time yesterday is that Oakland was beating up on the Chargers and the Raiders would eventually close it out. So life is slightly easier on KC but San Diego is still the biggest game of the year.