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Denver Beats Kansas City
By Rip Twinkleton

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 was finally able to find their identity and stick with what works. Kansas City seemed to be off their game, with recent off-the-field drama certainly taking its toll.

Von Miller has turned the corner and has learned how to win--how to close out tight games. "We just found a way to get it done today," he said after the game. "We've got a lot of great guys in the locker room. This team is special," he added. For now, Von Miller has shown that he can fit in to Denver's new scheme, and can be an effective leader both on and off the field.

Jamal Charles looked confident at times, but eventually let the game slip out of his grasp. "We stuck together and gave it 110 percent. It just wasn't enough to get the win in the end," he said in the post-game press conference. 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.

The pressure is mounting on Kansas City, but they can't let it get to them. 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 let themselves become too predictable Sunday. Defenses in this league will pounce quickly.

Denver's locker room celebration was muted as the players already focused on the next challenge awaiting them. Although Denver has bragging rights for the moment, they'll need to stay hungry and step up next week to avoid a letdown. The final score doesn't tell the whole story. The game was a lot closer than the scorebaord suggests.