The deeper Denver goes into the post-John Elway Era, the worse it gets. Converting points off Terrell Davis's fumble and two turnovers by Elway's replacement, the Kansas City Chiefs today beat the Broncos, 26-10, and dropped the two-time defending Super Bowl champions to 0-2.
Brian Griese completed 11 of 16 passes for 107 yards, with one interception and one fumble, before being replaced by Bubby Brister with 9 minutes 17 seconds left in the game. Brister didn't fare any better, throwing an interception that led to Pete Stoyanovich's fourth field goal, a 27-yarder with 2:14 left.
"We haven't been playing well," said Griese, who threw just three passes last year in his rookie season. "But we are not giving up as a team. I'm not giving up on myself."
Denver Coach Mike Shanahan said Griese would remain the starter.
"I've got a lot of confidence in Brian. But it's 22 guys working together," he said.
Perhaps most embarrassed was Dale Carter, Kansas City's former Pro Bowl cornerback who was making his first appearance at Arrowhead Stadium after signing a free agent contract with the Broncos.
Carter got beat twice on deep patterns by Derrick Alexander, who totaled 117 yards on six catches. He also nullified a 15-yard sack of Elvis Grbac when he was called for illegal contact on the Chiefs' last touchdown drive.
Kimble Anders, who injured his ankle late in the fourth quarter, carried 22 times for a career-high 142 yards as the Chiefs (1-1) handed Gunther Cunningham his first victory as a head coach. Anders left the game late with a possible Achilles' tendon injury.