The Broncos face the first real test of the season and fall short – losing to the Chiefs 24-23. As the score indicates, it was a close run thing. The difference in the game was a Dante Hall punt return for a TD with 8:46 remaining in the game and a 53 yard missed field goal by Jason Elam with 5:52 left. With this loss, the Broncos drop to 4-1 and the Chiefs are alone atop the AFC West at 5-0.
While it was a tough loss, the Broncos remain in good shape. They will have the opportunity to avenge their loss at home later in the season. The offense had a pretty good game with 469 total yards – 176 rushing and 293 passing. The defense had a pretty good game allowing only 261 yards and holding Priest Holmes to 97 yards rushing. And most importantly, Jake Plummer’s performance should go a long way toward establishing him as a bona fide NFL QB.