Chiefs run aground by Tebow, Broncos
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Chiefs knew what was coming, even after the Broncos’ top two running backs went down with injuries. Their AFC West rivals were going to keep running behind Tim Tebow until Kansas City proved it could stop them.
Just when it looked like the Chiefs finally did, Tebow went to the air.
The former Heisman Trophy winner connected with Eric Decker on a 56-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, helping the Broncos to a humbling - even humiliating - 17-10 defeat of Kansas City.
“It’s just a mind-set. It’s a low-risk offense. It’s not an indictment on Tim Tebow or whoever our quarterback is,’’ Broncos coach John Fox said. “It’s just whatever is working for us.’’
Willis McGahee went down with a hamstring injury on the Broncos’ first offensive series, and Knowshon Moreno left later in the first quarter with a knee injury. That left journeyman Lance Ball to tote the ball 30 times for 96 yards, churning up the Chiefs’ banged-up defense.
Tebow finished just 2 of 8 for 69 yards, but added 44 yards and a score on the ground as the Broncos (4-5) moved into a tie with Kansas City and San Diego behind AFC West-leading Oakland (5-4).
Tebow missed on all four of his pass attempts in the first half, making Denver the first team to lead at the break without a completion since the Packers led the Bears, 14-0, on Oct. 31, 1994, according to STATS LLC. Brett Favre was 0 of 6 at halftime of that game.
“I’m not trying to send a message,’’ said Tebow, who is 3-1 as the starter. “I’m just trying to be a football player. We can improve from what we did today and get better.’’
Said Chiefs coach Todd Haley, “We had a Plan A, B, and C for how we were going to stop the run, because it’s a numbers issue, and no plans ended up working like we needed it to.’’
Nothing worked on offense, either.
Matt Cassel finished 13 of 28 for 93 yards and a touchdown, and the Chiefs managed just 258 yards of total offense.
Even though he didn’t go out for the Chiefs’ final series because the medical staff decided he was too banged up, Cassel is expected to make his first start against his former team, the Patriots, a week from tonight.