Don't Kill The Mellinger

Broncos 35, Chiefs 28: Insta-reaction

Updated: 2013-12-02T01:00:36Z

By SAM MELLINGER

The Kansas City Star

- That’s 103 points given up in three weeks by what used to be the league’s best defense.

- They’ve played the Broncos twice and the Chargers once over that period, so that’s a tough stretch, but this has the stench of a talented defense getting exposed. More on this in the column.

- Alex Smith was terrific, again. He played his best game of the season last week, and he was better today. His line is good enough — 26 of 42 for 293 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, plus 46 yards rushing — but with how many drops the receivers had, Smith was much better than the numbers. If he’s even good, instead of great, the Chiefs aren’t even in it late.

- Jamaal Charles is good enough that he can rush for 93 yards and a touchdown and you’re not all that impressed.

- Defenses succeed and fail as a team, but Marcus Cooper had another horrible game. That’s three in a row for him.

- If the press coverage from Cooper and Smith breaks down, or the pass rush is slow, the whole defensive scheme the Chiefs use is pretty flat.

- And for three weeks, the press coverage AND pass rush has broken down.

- Besides all the passes they gave up, the Chiefs’ low moment on defense may’ve been Montee Ball’s 45-yard run on the first play from scrimmage after the Broncos took over at their own 5, up a touchdown, the Chiefs with an opportunity to make something happen. Instead, Ball ran through tackles by Derrick Johnson, Sean Smith and Kendrick Lewis.

- I want to watch this again before saying anything with certainty, but Alex Smith’s receivers let him down. He threw a lot of good balls that were dropped.

- Tamba Hali really did look 100 percent, which was surprising to me.

- The Chiefs are good enough to beat the Broncos, but only if everything goes their way. They made WAY too many mistakes, some of which, obviously, were forced by the Broncos.

- 11-5.

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