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Denver Beats Kansas City
By Rip Novakowski

It might be premature to say that Denver's victory on Sunday puts them on the path to postseason success. But Kansas City dropped a badly needed game they wish they could have back. Denver's key to victory was consistently gaining the upper hand in the struggle for field position. Although it's not time to panic yet in Kansas City, they're going to need to find a way to get it done before it's too late.

Von Miller silenced his critics with a solid, although imperfect, outing. "I'm here to contribute in any way I can. I'm just happy to be on the team. Starting, coming off the bench, doesn't matter. I want to be a good teammate and contribute," he said after the game. Von Miller appears to be coming into his own. He has finally tuned out his critics and feels comfortable with his role.

Jamal Charles appeared unfocused at times, and often appeared confused by what Denver threw at him. "It is what it is," he said after the game. "We were just out-prepared and out-executed all day," he added. Jamal Charles is a great student of the game, and he'll bounce back. He'll need to for Kansas City to climb back into the playoff hunt.

Kansas City just can't continue to make the kinds of mistakes they made at this level of the sport. Kansas City fans had higher hopes for the defense this season, but if they keep playing at this level significant changes will be needed in the offseason. The offense sputtered too often and just couldn't move the chains. They're going to have to find a way to get it done in the red zone.

Call Denver lucky if you want, but great teams make their own luck. Both Denver and Kansas City know will need to make ajustments to beat quality teams. Denver really dodged a bullet and escaped with the 'W'.