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Halftime observations: Broncos 21, Chiefs 10

Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas caught a TD pass over Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry on Sunday.
Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas caught a TD pass over Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry on Sunday. The Associated Press

It’s halftime at Sports Authority Field, and the Chiefs trail the Broncos 21-10. Here are some quick observations.

▪ The Chiefs’ injury situation is officially ridiculous. It’s like a bad set of Madden sliders that inexplicably crank injuries to 100. Eric Berry and Jamaal Charles both went down with ankle injuries in the first half, and the return for both is questionable. Derrick Johnson and Mike DeVito are already out for the year with achilles. Berry, Charles and Johnson have combined for nine Pro Bowls.

▪ Knile Davis has looked more decisive and patient as a runner since he’s entered the league. He’s done a nice job of letting his blocks set up for him and then exploding through the hole. He dropped a pass that could have gone for a big gain but as a runner, he’s been solid.

▪ And how about the offensive line? After a rough showing last week, the Smith has been sacked just once, and the line has opened up some really nice holes for the running game. Give credit where it’s due.

▪ By the way, where was this offensive gameplan last week? The Chiefs have pounded the run, utilized fullback Anthony Sherman a lot more and tried to get tight end Travis Kelce the ball. All of this would have made the difference in their dispiriting Titans loss.

▪ The Broncos have been torturing the Chiefs with pick plays all half, just like they did last season. The refs aren’t calling it and the Chiefs can’t stop it because Peyton Manning is an absolute surgeon on short stuff. The Chiefs have also proven incapable of handling Manning’s targets in single coverage. On more than a few occasions the Chiefs had good coverage and the Broncos’ receivers just went up and made a play. Tough to stop.

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