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Final from Kansas City: Broncos 17, Chiefs 9

PAUL KLEE Updated: November 25, 2012 at 12:00 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Broncos have work to do.

Even so, the AFC West is a great place to live and learn.

Denver played an uninspired first half before doing just enough to beat Kansas City 17-9 at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

Denver (8-3) has won six straight and avoided a bad loss to what must be the NFL's worst team. Kansas City (1-10) didn't score a touchdown and played host to a half-empty stadium.

The Broncos are 4-0 against the AFC West and still have the bonus of the Chiefs coming to Sports Authority Field on Dec. 30.

Peyton Manning threw for 285 yards and a touchdown. He also threw an interception. Knowshon Moreno performed well in Willis McGahee's absence, rushing for 85 yards.

The Broncos trailed 6-0 for most of the first half. Manning connected with Jacob Tamme on a 7-yard touchdown pass to put them on the scoreboard.

More coverage coming from Arrowhead Stadium later today on Gazette.com.

Gazette.com Live Report — Broncos 14, Broncos 9 — Arrowhead Stadium — End of third quarter

-Our eyes don't deceive us; Matt Prater's missed two field goals. The records show he missed two field goals in the entire 2010 season (16-for-18).

-Not including this season, it's been roughly 14 years since Denver has seen a touchdown pass thrown like Peyton Manning's delivery to Demaryius Thomas.

-There should be no question about the Broncos starting tailback next week. Knowshon Moreno seizing his opportunity today.

-Considering the plight of the Chiefs offense, the Broncos can all but put it away with a touchdown on this drive.

-AFC West scoring update: Bengals 24, Raiders 10 (2:21, 3rd).

Back in a few. Klee

Gazette.com Live Report — Broncos 7, Broncos 6 — Arrowhead Stadium — Halftime

-The Broncos said throughout the week they expected tough sledding against the Chiefs. We brushed it off as playerspeak; that's a no-no.

-(Another) big play from Wesley Woodyard, who took the Chiefs out of field-goal range with a 9-yard sack on third down. From the previous line of scrimmage, Kansas City could've attempted a 50-yard field goal.

-So far it's an Irish weekend for Brady Quinn. Notre Dame will play for a national title, and the Chiefs are beating (on the field, not the scoreboard) his former team at the half.

-The great crowd energizer: Seeing your face on the Jumbotron.

-Both of Kansas City's sacks of Peyton Manning could be credited to the secondary.

-Eric Decker seemed to be favoring an ankle/leg after making a catch in the red zone. Hobbled for a minute.

-Sounds like the Bears quarterback earned a penalty for taunting today. One media member tweeted, "He's smarter than that." We talking about the same guy?

-Chiefs dominated the half. Broncos have the lead. One is 1-9; the other's 7-3.

Back in a few. Klee

Gazette.com Live Report — Chiefs 6, Broncos 0 — Arrowhead Stadium — End of first quarter

-Is this the Broncos defensive letdown that seems to surface each season? Chiefs did what they wanted on a scoring drive that resulted in a 34-yard field goal.

-Broncos safety Mike Adams went Charles Tillman on Peyton Hillis, stripping the ball loose and recovering the fumble. But the call was reversed and the Chiefs retained possession. Worth noting: Hillis lost a costly fumble last week.

-Not what Denver wanted to see: Brandon Stokley favoring his arm/hand. He's been money on third down, the best in the league with first-down receptions, actually. The pass was ruled incomplete, also a rarity for Stokley. On 43 targets, he's made 32 catches. Stokley returned and caught two passes, however.

-Knowshon Moreno getting the bulk of the carries. Looks fine, too.

-The numbers tell a different story, but Broncos defense has been the better unit in recent weeks. Offense can't seem to find a rhythm, especially early in games.

-Peyton Manning has eclipsed 3,000 passing yards for the 14th time in his career. That's second alltime.

Back in a few.

Gazette.com Live Report — Broncos (7-3) at Chiefs (1-9) — Arrowhead Stadium — Kickoff

-Strange seat of the day: The top three rows under the videoboard. We mean that literally — the patrons, one wearing a Tony Moeaki jersey, can't see a punted ball. The videoboard blocks their view.

-Kansas City won the toss but played into the Broncos preference. Denver usually defers to the second half. Kansas City allowed that by choosing to receive the opening kickoff.

-The Broncos have trimmed their turnovers in recent weeks. They've been flagged 21 times in the past four games.

-Arrowhead is roughly 50-percent full at kickoff. That's the estimate from the press box.

Back in a few. Klee

Gazette.com Live Report — Broncos (7-3) at Chiefs (1-9) — Arrowhead Stadium — Kickoff: 11 a.m. (MST)

-The ribbon board at Arrowhead screams this: "The Loudest Stadium in the NFL." Doubt that will be the case today. Veteran beat writers say it is has never been this easy to get in and out of the parking lots — fan apathy toward the Chiefs is at an all-time high (low?).

-The Broncos are on the field. So are the Chiefs. Best-case scenario for Denver: Big early lead, don't show anything out of the playbook they don't need to.

-The Chiefs are without their starting left tackle, Branden Albert. Von Miller is good with that.

-About all Miller has done wrong this season — and there hasn't been much — is avoid penalties. He's tops on the roster with six penalties against him.

-Peyton Manning, on the left hash, and Brock Osweiler, on the right, are going through their usual pregame warmups. Manning's currently second in the NFL with a 106.2 passer rating.

-Knowshon Moreno gets the start today in place of Willis McGahee. Wrote about Moreno — me thinks this is his final shot in Denver — earlier this week. Link to column.

Back in a few. Klee

Gazette.com Live Report — Broncos (7-3) at Chiefs (1-9) — Arrowhead Stadium — Kickoff: 11 a.m. (MST)

Morning everyone. Columnist Paul Klee joining you from Kansas City. We'll be here through the final horn with updates from Arrowhead Stadium — hopefully it's stuff you won't see on the CBS broadcast.

-Another sunroof Sunday for the Broncos. Whether it's been Cincinnati, Carolina or here in Kansas City, the road lately has been paved with good weather.

-The Broncos opened at -10. The line's moved to -11.5, from what I can tell.

-The Broncos left the team hotel with the usual police escort around 8:10 this morning.

-Don't see Brady Quinn on the field at the moment. But we will see him later today as the starting quarterback for the Chiefs. He was with the Broncos for 32 regular-season games, as the KC Star's Randy Covitz wrote today. He was inactive for 14 of them.

-Noteworthy from the inactive list: CB Tracy Porter is inactive today. Wrote about that possibility in a column today on the emergence of the unheralded Broncos secondary. Here's that column.

-Knowshon Moreno is active today. He was inactive for the previous eight games, but Willis McGahee's absence has moved Moreno up on the depth chart. Expect another by-committee backfield from John Fox and Mike McCoy.

-Here was a different sort of column on the remainder of the Broncos schedule. Our friends at Massey-Peabody — who provide some of the best in statistical analysis of the NFL — told us the Broncos will be favored the rest of the way, says this column.

-Feel free to email (paul.klee@gazette.com) or tweet (@Klee_Gazette) at me with any questions. Back in a few. Klee

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