Broncos Gameday Live Report: Chiefs at Broncos

Published: November 17, 2013, 4:13 pm, by Paul Klee

FINAL: Broncos 27, Chiefs 17.

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Broncos 27, Chiefs 17 — 4:56 left in fourth quarter

Dalton here. Klee is on his way to the sidelines for postgame.

KC’s Anthony Fasano caught a 10 yard touchdown. The play was reviewed and upheld.

 

KC.Ball       KC.Julius

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Broncos 24, Chiefs 10 — 2:17 left in third quarter

—Montee Ball (above left), touchdown-scoring machine. The FCS’s alltime record-holder for rushing touchdowns has two scores tonight.

—Frank Schwab, who wishes to be the president of the University of Wisconsin some day, points out Ron Dayne is the FCS’s alltime rushing yardage leader.

—A two-touchdown deficit for the Chiefs is like a four-touchdown deficit for some others.

—Digging the Chiefs fans in attendance. At least those near the press box are having a whale of a time with their new Broncos friends.

Back in a few.

Klee

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Broncos 17, Chiefs 10 — 11:17 left in third quarter

—Knowshon Moreno must hook up to an IV of Red Bull at halftime. 

—Hard to tell if the Chiefs defense is that good. Or the Broncos offense is out of sync, relatively speaking, of course.

—Regardless, the Chiefs’ vaunted pass rush has been non-existent so far.

—Andy Reid was lobbying for that holding call on Orlando Franklin. And it was a good call.

—Just a reminder: Live Report updates will be limited from here on out. Tight deadline for Monday’s edition. 

Back in a few.

KC.Welker       KC.Tackle

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Broncos 17, Chiefs 10 — Halftime

—As game moves forward, noticing the Chiefs defense is taking more swipes, stabs, rips at the ball. Here’s a guess they knock one loose before game’s over.

—Worth noting: Denver’s offensive line has been sensational. Peyton hasn’t been hit. Peyton hasn’t been sacked. Peyton hasn’t been touched, really.

—Peyton did tackle a linebacker, though (above right).

—Also worth noting: Ron Jaworski, who plays golf with Peyton in the offseason, is here in the press box. Jaws is taking notes. Or designing a golf course.

—Big miss from 52 yards by Matt Prater. That was his first miss of this season.

—Peyton Manning spent a few minutes chatting up Julius Thomas just before halftime. Lots of hand movements.

—The Broncos have won eight consecutive games against AFC West teams. That is the second-longest streak in team history (11, during the Super Bowl title years).

—The flags over the south stands are blowing decisively in Ryan Succop’s favor. But instead of attempting a record-setting 65-yarder, the Chiefs elected to run it out. So conservative, that Andy Reid.

—About what we expected, no?

Back in a few.

Klee

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Broncos 17, Chiefs 10 — 2:55 left in second quarter

—Hit of the Night goes to Broncos linebacker Steven Johnson, who crunched Charles on third-and-goal.

—Chiefs offense showing something so far tonight. Or is Broncos defense showing something (bad) so far tonight?

—It’s a win when Trindon Holliday exits a tackle with the ball still in his possession.

—Still think Trindon Holliday needs a theme song on kick returns.

—Prior to this drive, a referee patted Peyton Manning on the back. Peyton pointed at the Chiefs defense as if to ask a question. Or to ask them to watch for something.

 Back in a few.

Klee

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Broncos 17, Chiefs 7 — 9:05 left in second quarter

—Peyton Manning is more sharp as game moves on. But it’s clear he’s not mobile. And quite nervous about getting hit.

—Montee Ball redeems himself with a spin move. And Wisconsin grad Frank Schwab does his own spin move in the press box.

—Impressive response from Broncos.

—Also impressive: How Broncos fans are programmed to go library-quiet when Peyton is under center.

Back in a few.

Klee

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Broncos 10, Chiefs 0 — 13:33 left in second quarter

—There’s a Chiefs fan in Section 315 that isn’t making many friends. Hey, it’s his party, too.

—Haven’t heard from Von Miller yet.

—This press box is very, very full.

—Tom Nalen of Ring of Fame, well, fame, said the Broncos were in max protect (with a TE and a RB blocking for Peyton) on that long completion to Demaryius Thomas.

—Dumb penalty on Duke Ihenacho. Jack Del Rio brought him to the sideline and gave him an earful.

—Chiefs offense can’t go 80-something yards on its own. Broncos defense sure helped ‘em out with three big penalties.

Back in a few.

Klee

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Broncos 10, Chiefs 0 — 3:03 left in first quarter

—Just 4 minutes, 22 seconds into the game, Manning floated a pass he normally would fire like a fastball.

—No. 18 seems to be playing Keep Away. As in, keep the Chiefs away from his lower-body injury.

—Big-time pass to Demaryius Thomas.

—Big-time push-off by Demaryius Thomas.

—A 10-0 deficit for this Chiefs offense must feel like a 20-0 deficit.

—But for the Chiefs defense? Feels like nothin’.

Back in a few.

Klee

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Broncos 3, Chiefs 0 — 11:45 left in first quarter

—No avoiding it. Peyton Manning wasn’t sharp on first series. Ankle? Weather? Bet it’s the former.

—Yes, it’s the first series. But yes, he’s everything to the Broncos

—Still think the Broncos limited their playbook in the second half of the Chargers game… so they wouldn’t divulge any more info to the Chiefs.

—Good friend and former Gazetteer Frank Schwab and Klee sit about even with the north goalposts. Matt Prater’s 55-yard field goal would have been good from 60 or 65 yards. He boomed it.

—Against a better quarterback, Broncos secondary would have gotten beat twice on that series. Still no Champ Bailey back there. Guessing he returns against Chiefs in two weeks.

—It is LOUD inside Mile High.

Back in a few.

Klee

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Chiefs (9-0) at Broncos (8-1) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — KICKOFF

—The Broncos offense was introduced. Julius Thomas still not wearing a helmet as he exits the horse head. Peyton doesn’t dig it.

—Thought we’d see more Chiefs fans in attendance tonight. 

—Pat Bowlen honored in a pregame tribute. First owner in NFL history to reach 300 wins in 30 seasons. Bought the franchise in 1984. Five Super Bowl appearances in that time. Hope he never, ever sells the team. 

—Take a look at The Gazette’s photo gallery from Mile High tonight. Great work by Mark Reis and his staff.

Here we go. Back in a few.

Klee

KC.Gloves         KC.QB

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Chiefs (9-0) at Broncos (8-1) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 10 minutes until kickoff (6:30 p.m.)

—Here come the parachutists soaring into Mile High. Never gets old.

—Normal people suggest this is perfect football weather. 

—I like flip-flops. 

—The weather is whatever, though. There’s a buzz in the building that feels like the season opener vs. the Ravens. This being the more significant game in the big picture, sure. But similar big-game buzz.

—Peyton Manning spent an extra few minutes with QB coach Greg Knapp working on Manning’s right-handed glove (above left). 

—Don’t know what that means. Just noticed it.

—Again, these photos (except for the bottom of this Live Report) are courtesy Mark Reis, the tremendous photo editor for The Gazette. We have three photographers here tonight.

—You might notice the “Salute to Service” insignia behind each endzone. That’s also why the Air Force Academy Drum and Bugle Corps is performing at halftime.

Back in a few.

Klee

 

KC.PFM       KC.Bruton

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Chiefs (9-0) at Broncos (8-1) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 20 minutes until kickoff (6:30 p.m.)

—Peyton’s warmup routine? Seemed different. Me thinks the ankle is a bigger deal than it’s been made out to be.

—Me also thinks Broncos/Manning made a big deal out of the ankle — after the Chargers game — to get the attention of the NFL in regards to low hits. Anything near Manning’s legs tonight: Penalty flag.

—Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn garnering lots of attention on the Broncos sideline. Tiger had a chat with John Elway. Agonizing over USC’s handiwork last night? Nah.

—Special teams ace David Bruton (above right) tweeted today that his “goal” is a blocked punt.

—Official prediction: Broncos 31, Chiefs 24. 

Back in a few.

Klee

KC.fans

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Chiefs (9-0) at Broncos (8-1) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 45 minutes until kickoff (6:30 p.m.)

—Peyton Manning took the field at 5:42 p.m. The Game of Forever can start now.

—Actually, this isn’t the Game of Forever. I’m sure that’s next weekend with Brady-Manning. Or the AFC championship game with Brady-Manning.

—Manning is wearing two gloves.

—Manning spending a lot of time — more than usual — with quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp right now.

—As you can see above, a few hundred fans line the sidelines during warmups. There seem to be more than usual tonight.

Back in a few.

Klee

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Chiefs (9-0) at Broncos (8-1) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — One hour until kickoff (6:30 p.m.)

 —No sign of Peyton yet.

—Maybe he’s staying warm. The temperature’s dropping. Around 46 on the field. Not bad at all.

—There are two people kissing… and being shown on the jumbo scoreboard. They don’t know they are being shown on the jumbo scoreboard.

—The Broncos play at the Patriots next week. The Patriots play on Monday Night Football this week. 

—The Broncos just took the field. Loud cheers. Except from the guy in the awesome 1984 Chiefs Starter jacket.

—Wes Welker looks spry. With all the attention on DT and Eric Decker, me thinks Welker could be the under-discussedmatchup problem for KC. Brandon Flowers has the assignment. 

Back in a few.

Klee

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Chiefs (9-0) at Broncos (8-1) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 90 minutes until kickoff (6:30 p.m.)

—Saturday was outstanding for FBS football in Colorado. Buffs won. Rams won. And CSU sophomore running back Kapri Bibbs now has 25 touchdowns (tops in college football) and 1,439 rushing yards (second in college football).

—Matt Prater is kicking 52-yard field goals into the north goalpost. Will this be the day — like the Cowboys game — when Prater is called upon to win the game?

—Official prediction coming at 6 p.m.

Back in a few.

Klee

KC.Smith

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Chiefs (9-0) at Broncos (8-1) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 2 hours until kickoff (6:30 p.m.)

—Fans are starting to file into Mile High. Opposing fans usually enter the stadium before the home fans, and there is a good number of red/yellow jerseys and questionable facial hair already in the seats.

—Alex Smith (above, standing just above the nose of the Bronco logo) is on the field. He’s not wearing a glove.

—Peyton Manning will be wearing a glove. He wore a glove in practice on Thursday. And shorts since it was almost 60 degrees.

—How will the Chiefs attack Manning’s injured ankle? I asked around the Broncos locker room. Chiefs fans were angry at this column. Chiefs fans seem to be angry with everything.

Going on CBS radio. Back in a few.

Klee

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Chiefs (9-0) at Broncos (8-1) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 2 hours, 15 minutes until kickoff (6:30 p.m.)

—Random football thought: defensive players often complain the deck is stacked against them. I’m not (entirely) buying it. More teams should do what the Patriots/Bears/Ravens have done for years. That is, beat up opposing wideouts until it forces the refs to call a penalty. (In college basketball, Butler reached two Final Fours this way.) Hey, the officials can’t throw a flag on every play.

—Just saw that in the Bears-Ravens game, where Chicago got away with a blatant pass-interference non-call on a critical third down.

—The Chiefs will do that tonight. Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker will be pushed, held, grabbed and mauled until they fight back. We’ll see if they fight back.

Back in a few.

Klee

KC.stadium

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Chiefs (9-0) at Broncos (8-1) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 2 1/2 hours until kickoff (6:30 p.m.)

Evening everyone. Denver columnist Paul Klee joining you for tonight’s Live Report from Mile High. Getting started early tonight. Hey, when the “parking lots” on Federal Blvd. raise their prices from $40 to $50, it must be a big game.

—Who’s on the field right now? The Air Force Academy is on the field. Specifically, the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps are on the field. It will be performing the halftime show. There are 88 members in the Corps.

—Julius Thomas is on the field, too, in an orange stocking cap. So is third-string quarterback Zac Dysert, who won’t be active for the game. 

—The other quarterback of note is Peyton Manning. Yes, he will be active for the game. This week at Dove Valley, either the Broncos put on a great poker face and Manning’s ankle is a problem, or Manning’s ankle truly is in fine shape. They seemed to have zero concerns about the quarterback’s health.

—It’s a short walk from the media parking lot here at Mile High. Still, on two occasions, I heard a Chiefs fan say, “Hey, it’s legal in Colorado!” 

—Draw your own conclusions.

—Cold weather? What cold weather? It’s in the 50s now but could cool off to 20-something wind chills by the second half of tonight’s game. The Broncos’ road to the Super Bowl should be a cold one: probably through New England or Kansas City or right here in Denver.  So what does that mean for Peyton Manning and this offense? Today’s column.

—Leading up to kickoff, I will update tonight’s Live Report as often as possible. Back in a few.

Twitter: @Klee_Gazette

 

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Broncos 24, Chiefs 17 — 4:56 left in fourth quarter

Dalton here. Klee is on his way to the sidelines for postgame.

KC’s Anthony Fasano caught a 10 yard touchdown. The play was reviewed and upheld.

 

KC.Ball       KC.Julius

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Broncos 24, Chiefs 10 — 2:17 left in third quarter

—Montee Ball (above left), touchdown-scoring machine. The FCS’s alltime record-holder for rushing touchdowns has two scores tonight.

—Frank Schwab, who wishes to be the president of the University of Wisconsin some day, points out Ron Dayne is the FCS’s alltime rushing yardage leader.

—A two-touchdown deficit for the Chiefs is like a four-touchdown deficit for some others.

—Digging the Chiefs fans in attendance. At least those near the press box are having a whale of a time with their new Broncos friends.

Back in a few.

Klee

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Broncos 17, Chiefs 10 — 11:17 left in third quarter

—Knowshon Moreno must hook up to an IV of Red Bull at halftime. 

—Hard to tell if the Chiefs defense is that good. Or the Broncos offense is out of sync, relatively speaking, of course.

—Regardless, the Chiefs’ vaunted pass rush has been non-existent so far.

—Andy Reid was lobbying for that holding call on Orlando Franklin. And it was a good call.

—Just a reminder: Live Report updates will be limited from here on out. Tight deadline for Monday’s edition. 

Back in a few.

KC.Welker       KC.Tackle

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Broncos 17, Chiefs 10 — Halftime

—As game moves forward, noticing the Chiefs defense is taking more swipes, stabs, rips at the ball. Here’s a guess they knock one loose before game’s over.

—Worth noting: Denver’s offensive line has been sensational. Peyton hasn’t been hit. Peyton hasn’t been sacked. Peyton hasn’t been touched, really.

—Peyton did tackle a linebacker, though (above right).

—Also worth noting: Ron Jaworski, who plays golf with Peyton in the offseason, is here in the press box. Jaws is taking notes. Or designing a golf course.

—Big miss from 52 yards by Matt Prater. That was his first miss of this season.

—Peyton Manning spent a few minutes chatting up Julius Thomas just before halftime. Lots of hand movements.

—The Broncos have won eight consecutive games against AFC West teams. That is the second-longest streak in team history (11, during the Super Bowl title years).

—The flags over the south stands are blowing decisively in Ryan Succop’s favor. But instead of attempting a record-setting 65-yarder, the Chiefs elected to run it out. So conservative, that Andy Reid.

—About what we expected, no?

Back in a few.

Klee

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Broncos 17, Chiefs 10 — 2:55 left in second quarter

—Hit of the Night goes to Broncos linebacker Steven Johnson, who crunched Charles on third-and-goal.

—Chiefs offense showing something so far tonight. Or is Broncos defense showing something (bad) so far tonight?

—It’s a win when Trindon Holliday exits a tackle with the ball still in his possession.

—Still think Trindon Holliday needs a theme song on kick returns.

—Prior to this drive, a referee patted Peyton Manning on the back. Peyton pointed at the Chiefs defense as if to ask a question. Or to ask them to watch for something.

 Back in a few.

Klee

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Broncos 17, Chiefs 7 — 9:05 left in second quarter

—Peyton Manning is more sharp as game moves on. But it’s clear he’s not mobile. And quite nervous about getting hit.

—Montee Ball redeems himself with a spin move. And Wisconsin grad Frank Schwab does his own spin move in the press box.

—Impressive response from Broncos.

—Also impressive: How Broncos fans are programmed to go library-quiet when Peyton is under center.

Back in a few.

Klee

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Broncos 10, Chiefs 0 — 13:33 left in second quarter

—There’s a Chiefs fan in Section 315 that isn’t making many friends. Hey, it’s his party, too.

—Haven’t heard from Von Miller yet.

—This press box is very, very full.

—Tom Nalen of Ring of Fame, well, fame, said the Broncos were in max protect (with a TE and a RB blocking for Peyton) on that long completion to Demaryius Thomas.

—Dumb penalty on Duke Ihenacho. Jack Del Rio brought him to the sideline and gave him an earful.

—Chiefs offense can’t go 80-something yards on its own. Broncos defense sure helped ‘em out with three big penalties.

Back in a few.

Klee

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Broncos 10, Chiefs 0 — 3:03 left in first quarter

—Just 4 minutes, 22 seconds into the game, Manning floated a pass he normally would fire like a fastball.

—No. 18 seems to be playing Keep Away. As in, keep the Chiefs away from his lower-body injury.

—Big-time pass to Demaryius Thomas.

—Big-time push-off by Demaryius Thomas.

—A 10-0 deficit for this Chiefs offense must feel like a 20-0 deficit.

—But for the Chiefs defense? Feels like nothin’.

Back in a few.

Klee

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Broncos 3, Chiefs 0 — 11:45 left in first quarter

—No avoiding it. Peyton Manning wasn’t sharp on first series. Ankle? Weather? Bet it’s the former.

—Yes, it’s the first series. But yes, he’s everything to the Broncos

—Still think the Broncos limited their playbook in the second half of the Chargers game… so they wouldn’t divulge any more info to the Chiefs.

—Good friend and former Gazetteer Frank Schwab and Klee sit about even with the north goalposts. Matt Prater’s 55-yard field goal would have been good from 60 or 65 yards. He boomed it.

—Against a better quarterback, Broncos secondary would have gotten beat twice on that series. Still no Champ Bailey back there. Guessing he returns against Chiefs in two weeks.

—It is LOUD inside Mile High.

Back in a few.

Klee

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Chiefs (9-0) at Broncos (8-1) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — KICKOFF

—The Broncos offense was introduced. Julius Thomas still not wearing a helmet as he exits the horse head. Peyton doesn’t dig it.

—Thought we’d see more Chiefs fans in attendance tonight. 

—Pat Bowlen honored in a pregame tribute. First owner in NFL history to reach 300 wins in 30 seasons. Bought the franchise in 1984. Five Super Bowl appearances in that time. Hope he never, ever sells the team. 

—Take a look at The Gazette’s photo gallery from Mile High tonight. Great work by Mark Reis and his staff.

Here we go. Back in a few.

Klee

KC.Gloves         KC.QB

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Chiefs (9-0) at Broncos (8-1) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 10 minutes until kickoff (6:30 p.m.)

—Here come the parachutists soaring into Mile High. Never gets old.

—Normal people suggest this is perfect football weather. 

—I like flip-flops. 

—The weather is whatever, though. There’s a buzz in the building that feels like the season opener vs. the Ravens. This being the more significant game in the big picture, sure. But similar big-game buzz.

—Peyton Manning spent an extra few minutes with QB coach Greg Knapp working on Manning’s right-handed glove (above left). 

—Don’t know what that means. Just noticed it.

—Again, these photos (except for the bottom of this Live Report) are courtesy Mark Reis, the tremendous photo editor for The Gazette. We have three photographers here tonight.

—You might notice the “Salute to Service” insignia behind each endzone. That’s also why the Air Force Academy Drum and Bugle Corps is performing at halftime.

Back in a few.

Klee

 

KC.PFM       KC.Bruton

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Chiefs (9-0) at Broncos (8-1) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 20 minutes until kickoff (6:30 p.m.)

—Peyton’s warmup routine? Seemed different. Me thinks the ankle is a bigger deal than it’s been made out to be.

—Me also thinks Broncos/Manning made a big deal out of the ankle — after the Chargers game — to get the attention of the NFL in regards to low hits. Anything near Manning’s legs tonight: Penalty flag.

—Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn garnering lots of attention on the Broncos sideline. Tiger had a chat with John Elway. Agonizing over USC’s handiwork last night? Nah.

—Special teams ace David Bruton (above right) tweeted today that his “goal” is a blocked punt.

—Official prediction: Broncos 31, Chiefs 24. 

Back in a few.

Klee

KC.fans

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Chiefs (9-0) at Broncos (8-1) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 45 minutes until kickoff (6:30 p.m.)

—Peyton Manning took the field at 5:42 p.m. The Game of Forever can start now.

—Actually, this isn’t the Game of Forever. I’m sure that’s next weekend with Brady-Manning. Or the AFC championship game with Brady-Manning.

—Manning is wearing two gloves.

—Manning spending a lot of time — more than usual — with quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp right now.

—As you can see above, a few hundred fans line the sidelines during warmups. There seem to be more than usual tonight.

Back in a few.

Klee

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Chiefs (9-0) at Broncos (8-1) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — One hour until kickoff (6:30 p.m.)

 —No sign of Peyton yet.

—Maybe he’s staying warm. The temperature’s dropping. Around 46 on the field. Not bad at all.

—There are two people kissing… and being shown on the jumbo scoreboard. They don’t know they are being shown on the jumbo scoreboard.

—The Broncos play at the Patriots next week. The Patriots play on Monday Night Football this week. 

—The Broncos just took the field. Loud cheers. Except from the guy in the awesome 1984 Chiefs Starter jacket.

—Wes Welker looks spry. With all the attention on DT and Eric Decker, me thinks Welker could be the under-discussedmatchup problem for KC. Brandon Flowers has the assignment. 

Back in a few.

Klee

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Chiefs (9-0) at Broncos (8-1) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 90 minutes until kickoff (6:30 p.m.)

—Saturday was outstanding for FBS football in Colorado. Buffs won. Rams won. And CSU sophomore running back Kapri Bibbs now has 25 touchdowns (tops in college football) and 1,439 rushing yards (second in college football).

—Matt Prater is kicking 52-yard field goals into the north goalpost. Will this be the day — like the Cowboys game — when Prater is called upon to win the game?

—Official prediction coming at 6 p.m.

Back in a few.

Klee

KC.Smith

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Chiefs (9-0) at Broncos (8-1) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 2 hours until kickoff (6:30 p.m.)

—Fans are starting to file into Mile High. Opposing fans usually enter the stadium before the home fans, and there is a good number of red/yellow jerseys and questionable facial hair already in the seats.

—Alex Smith (above, standing just above the nose of the Bronco logo) is on the field. He’s not wearing a glove.

—Peyton Manning will be wearing a glove. He wore a glove in practice on Thursday. And shorts since it was almost 60 degrees.

—How will the Chiefs attack Manning’s injured ankle? I asked around the Broncos locker room. Chiefs fans were angry at this column. Chiefs fans seem to be angry with everything.

Going on CBS radio. Back in a few.

Klee

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Chiefs (9-0) at Broncos (8-1) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 2 hours, 15 minutes until kickoff (6:30 p.m.)

—Random football thought: defensive players often complain the deck is stacked against them. I’m not (entirely) buying it. More teams should do what the Patriots/Bears/Ravens have done for years. That is, beat up opposing wideouts until it forces the refs to call a penalty. (In college basketball, Butler reached two Final Fours this way.) Hey, the officials can’t throw a flag on every play.

—Just saw that in the Bears-Ravens game, where Chicago got away with a blatant pass-interference non-call on a critical third down.

—The Chiefs will do that tonight. Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker will be pushed, held, grabbed and mauled until they fight back. We’ll see if they fight back.

Back in a few.

Klee

KC.stadium

Gazette.com Broncos Live Report — Chiefs (9-0) at Broncos (8-1) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 2 1/2 hours until kickoff (6:30 p.m.)

Evening everyone. Denver columnist Paul Klee joining you for tonight’s Live Report from Mile High. Getting started early tonight. Hey, when the “parking lots” on Federal Blvd. raise their prices from $40 to $50, it must be a big game.

—Who’s on the field right now? The Air Force Academy is on the field. Specifically, the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps are on the field. It will be performing the halftime show. There are 88 members in the Corps.

—Julius Thomas is on the field, too, in an orange stocking cap. So is third-string quarterback Zac Dysert, who won’t be active for the game. 

—The other quarterback of note is Peyton Manning. Yes, he will be active for the game. This week at Dove Valley, either the Broncos put on a great poker face and Manning’s ankle is a problem, or Manning’s ankle truly is in fine shape. They seemed to have zero concerns about the quarterback’s health.

—It’s a short walk from the media parking lot here at Mile High. Still, on two occasions, I heard a Chiefs fan say, “Hey, it’s legal in Colorado!” 

—Draw your own conclusions.

—Cold weather? What cold weather? It’s in the 50s now but could cool off to 20-something wind chills by the second half of tonight’s game. The Broncos’ road to the Super Bowl should be a cold one: probably through New England or Kansas City or right here in Denver.  So what does that mean for Peyton Manning and this offense? Today’s column.

—Leading up to kickoff, I will update tonight’s Live Report as often as possible. Back in a few.

Twitter: @Klee_Gazette