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Were the Chiefs frauds? Your Broncos-Chiefs day after Horse Tracks

The Denver Broncos defeated the Chiefs 27-17 on Sunday night, claiming the AFC West and dethroning the previously unbeaten Chiefs. Some are calling the Chiefs frauds... in my mind they played the Broncos as tough as just about anyone, and I'm looking forward to the rematch in two weeks.

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Game Recaps

Hobbled Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos run over Chiefs for AFC's top spot - The Denver Post
To help him grip against the chill, Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning wore gloves. To help keep his sore right ankle pain-free, the Broncos put running the ball into their game plan.

Mile sigh: Broncos hand Chiefs their first loss of the season 27-17 -
"We didn’t do a good enough job offensively," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "That’s my responsibility."

Broncos O-line quiets critics in handing Chiefs first loss
In Denver, more so than anywhere else in the NFL, offensive linemen want to be ignored, in good times and certainly in bad. But the spotlight on the Broncos' offensive line could not have been brighter this week, as the Broncos' Super Bowl hopes are so firmly linked to keeping Manning healthy.

Denver Broncos muscle up for win over Kansas City Chiefs - ESPN
In all of the words, both spoken and written, that have been devoted to the Denver Broncos this season, most have been quickly filed under "offense."

Chiefs-Broncos final score: Peyton Manning hands KC their first loss, 27-17 - Arrowhead Pride
The Chiefs drop their first game of the season and move to 9-1 after losing to the Broncos, 27-17, on Sunday Night Football.


NFLN: Broncos vs. Chiefs Highlights
Watch highlights from the Broncos' 27-17 win vs. Kansas City.

In-Game Photos: Broncos vs. Chiefs
View photos from the Broncos' showdown with the Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Hot Sports Takez

Balance Keys Broncos
The Broncos churned up 427 yards of total offense and posted 27 points against the Chiefs by establishing a balanced attack on offense.

Kiszla: It's true, Kansas City Chiefs really are NFL frauds - The Denver Post
Unlike the Kansas City Frauds, Peyton Manning is the real deal.On a gimpy ankle, Manning threw for 323 yards against an overrated defense.

Paige: Broncos' defense struts its stuff in beating Chiefs - The Denver Post
The dazzling defensive demonstration definitely was worthy of the league-leading Chiefs.

Chiefs report card vs. Broncos -
The NFL sack leaders couldn’t get near Manning, and while he wasn’t his sharpest, Manning delivered key passes when he needed to. Rookie Marcus Cooper had a difficult night. He was twice beaten badly by Demaryius Thomas, once for 70 yards; and he also drew a holding penalty defending Thomas.

Injured ankle? Forget about it! Peyton Manning looks just fine - The Denver Post
And then, en route to a 27-17 victory, the not-so-hobbled quarterback reminded 77,076 fans at Sports Authority Field of something: He is Peyton Manning. He does not need protection. He's above such mortal concerns.

Chiefs are now 9-1 and still one of the league’s top teams | Q
The Broncos hosted and dethroned the undefeated Chiefs with a 27-17 victory Sunday night. Both teams showed exactly who they are. The Broncos are now the AFC's best, while the Chiefs are a legit contender.

Loss to Denver hurts, but the Chiefs remain strong -
Irresistible force (the Broncos’ NFL-best offense) was clashing with immovable object (the Chiefs’ NFL-best defense). A Denver team everyone considered a Super Bowl contender was taking on a Kansas City team no one could anticipate would already have won seven more games than it did a year ago.

Three Keys Unlocked: Broncos-Chiefs
A look at how Independent Analyst Andrew Mason's three keys unfolded.

How long can Peyton Manning keep this up? - ESPN
Peyton Manning couldn't run. He couldn't plant his back foot. He wore a brace on one knee and what looked like another on his right ankle. He has had four surgeries on his neck, problems with an elbow and a knee and now, at the tender age of 37 years old, is playing with not one but two sprained ankles.

AFC West

Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Texans - Recap - November 17, 2013 - ESPN
Oakland rookie Matt McGloin was so good in a victory over the Houston Texans that it raised questions about whether Terrelle Pryor will get his job back when he's healthy. The undrafted free agent threw three touchdown passes in his first NFL start and the Raiders extended Houston's franchise-record skid to eight games with a 28-23 victory on Sunday in coach Gary Kubiak's return from a mini-stroke.

San Diego Chargers vs. Miami Dolphins - Recap - November 17, 2013 - ESPN
Brent Grimes broke up Philip Rivers' final pass in the end zone as time expired, and the embattled Dolphins beat the San Diego Chargers 20-16 Sunday.