The concern for the Denver Broncos going into Sunday’s game against Kansas City was that their quarterback would get pounded by the league’s leader in sacks
But Peyton Manning, recovering from a high-ankle sprain, was able to get his passes off quickly to open receivers, and behind a line that protected him throughout the game in a 27-17 win at Denver.
The Broncos (9-1) are the first team to beat the Chiefs (9-1) this season.
Kansas City’s defense led the NFL in sacks with 36 coming into the game, but left with the same number after getting none against the Broncos.
“Our plan was to get to the quarterback, but the ball is coming out quick,” Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali said. “He did a great job and their team did a great job protecting him.”
The Chiefs hadn’t given up more than 17 points all season, but the Broncos went on scoring drives of 79, 65 and 62 yards to put the game away.
“We just keep our heads down and keep blocking…like tunnel vision,” Broncos offensive tackle Chris Clark said.
The loss was Kansas City’s first since last December, when the Broncos won 38-3.
Seahawks stay hot, Harvin returns: Red-hot Seattle continued its winning ways with a 41-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The Seahawks sixth straight win improved their NFC-best record to 10-1 heading into a bye week.
The Seahawks have a franchise-record 13-game, home winning streak, and Russell Wilson, their second-year quarterback, has not lost any games he has started at home at Century Link Field.
“This was a good opportunity for us to have a little momentum going into the bye,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “We wanted to get this win badly so we could feel comfortable about taking this break.”
Percy Harvin played for the first time as a Seahawk, and electrified the crowd with a key, third-down reception in the second quarter that led to a touchdown. Then he livened things up with a 58-yard kickoff return that led to another Seahawks touchdown with only seconds remaining before intermission.
Harvin, acquired form the Vikings in an off-season trade, has been unable to play due to a hip injury. He had surgery during the summer and his return has been anxiously awaited.
Harvin revealed that there was more to his debut than just the recovery from his hip injury.
“A lot of people don’t know that I had a lot of surgeries,” Harvin said. “I had two, three surgeries I went through. I had an appendectomy, I had a tumor that was taken out during the off-season. There was a lot built into this game, other than just my hip.
“Emotionally, it was good to get out there and be with my teammates again. Hats off to the organization and all the teammates. They did a heck of a job of keeping me mentally into the game.”
Wilson said the Seahawks wanted to be smart about Harvins’ debut.
“But, sometimes, when a guy’s ready, especially when he’s a superstar like Percy is, you just have to let him go,” Wilson said. “You can’t tame a lion too long. It’s one of those things that you gotta let him get out there and just play the game.”
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who is not fully recovered from a groin injury, was held to 65 yards rushing, and the team suffered four turnovers, three interceptions and a lost fumble.
Wilson, who threw a pair of touchdown passes, was asked about being 10-1, and what that means for the Seahawks.
“I think we’re doing a great job, and we haven’t done anything yet,” Wilson said. “Our goal is to win the whole thing, and to do that you take one game at a time. You take one opportunity at a time, one practice at a time, and make that the best day you can possibly make it.”
Following their bye-week, the Seahawks will face the New Orleans Saints in a Monday night game on Dec. 2.
Week 11 Top Performers:
- Carson Palmer, Cardinals, 30-42, 419 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT.
- Bobby Rainey, Buccaneers, 30 carries, 163 yards, 2 TDs.
- Michael Floyd, Cardinals, 6 catches, 193 yards, TD.
- Thomas Davis, Panthers, 17 tackles
- Gerald McCoy, 3 sacks
- Jairus Byrd, Bills, 2 INTs
Ted Olafson contributed to this report from Seattle.
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