Broncos 30, Chiefs 10
Mike Anderson ran for a 44-yard touchdown and Rod Smith became the first undrafted player in NFL history to reach 10,000 yards receiving Monday night as the Denver Broncos handled the Kansas City Chiefs from start to finish for a 30-10 victory.
Jake Plummer went 13 of 18 for 152 yards -- including a 12-yard touchdown to Smith -- and ran for a score, an efficient performance that was more than enough to blow out Trent Green and the Chiefs.
"I didn't do much but just guided them down the field," Plummer said.
Green finally threw his first touchdown of the season with two minutes left -- a 21-yard pass to Samie Parker. Green had 27 scoring passes last year for the NFL's most productive offense. Priest Holmes was held to 61 yards rushing for the Chiefs (2-1).
Harassed by Gerard Warren and Courtney Brown -- two members of Denver's revamped defensive line -- Green finished 23 of 44 for 221 yards and the garbage touchdown.
When the Broncos (2-1) weren't making Kansas City look bad, the Chiefs were doing it themselves. They finished with 118 yards in penalties, including eight miscues in the first half while the Broncos bolted to a 20-0 lead.
"We didn't want to sit back," said Anderson, who went through a huge hole untouched in the first quarter for his long score and a 10-0 lead. "We wanted to go right at them. That's why the first score was so important. We had to run the ball to make the play action so effective."
The Broncos used Anderson to work the clock in the second half and he finished with 98 yards on 20 carries.
Three plays after Anderson's touchdown, Brown recovered his second fumble of the season and the Broncos scored when Plummer hit Smith at the back of the end zone.
The Denver receiver caught seven passes for 80 yards. He hit his milestone with a 19-yard catch in the third quarter, making him the 24th player to reach 10,000 yards. Five plays later, Plummer bootlegged in from a yard to give the Broncos a 27-3 lead.
Smith took a rough hit after catching a pass in the fourth quarter. He walked off the field, but had a concussion diagnosed and did not return. The Broncos also lost cornerback Champ Bailey to a hamstring injury.