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Denver Outlasts Kansas City
By Tad Schemmel

It was certainly an unexpected outcome on Sunday, as Denver beat Kansas City in a critical matchup that has season-long implications for both teams. The key to victory for Denver was that they were able to win the turnover battle. If Kansas City wants to be in the mix for a playoff spot, they'll need to right the ship before next week's showdown with their division foe.

Von Miller showed that he has what it takes to fit into Denver's new dynamic. He said after the game, "I thought the coaching staff put us in a position to be successful. We just went out there and executed the gameplan." Von Miller appears to be coming into his own. He has finally tuned out his critics and feels comfortable with his role.

Jamal Charles looked confident at times, but eventually let the game slip out of his grasp. He said after the game, "We didn't bring our A-game today. We didn't step up when we needed to and make the plays we needed to make." Jamal Charles has a tireless work ethic. He's been a consumate professional, but he'll need to find his killer instinct for Kansas City to claw back on top of their division.

Kansas City is just playing as bunch of individuals and not as a team. They clearly need to get on the same sheet of music. The defense can't continue to rely on the blitz so often. They'll need to be more fundamentally sound in passing situations without rolling the dice and exposing themselves for potential big plays. On the offensive side of the ball, the line is going to have to gel soon for Kansas City to start scoring more points.

Kansas City lost that game more than Denver won it. Although Denver has bragging rights for the moment, they'll need to stay hungry and step up next week to avoid a letdown. Denver made a statement today, and they've got a chance to do something special this season.