The resurrection of Broncos Knowshon Moreno
Knowshon Moreno has been resurrected from the Denver Broncos’ purgatory. Inactive for the last eight games, Moreno has been called to action with the injury to Willis McGahee. Willis injured his knee last week and is out until the championship round of the playoffs. Quite possibly, this will be Knowshon’s last chance.
His first two touches, one run and one pass resulted in a net of minus two yards. By the end of the first quarter, which was dominated by the Kansas City Chiefs, Moreno and the Broncos trailed 6-0.
The Chiefs came out on fire, limiting the Peyton Manning offensive juggernaut to only 32 yards. Despite 97 yards of offense, the Chiefs only managed two field goals. At the start of the second Quarter, Moreno had a four-yard run and a nine-yard pass reception. The drive, however, ended with a Manning interception.
It’s the Denver defense that’s been keeping the Broncos in this game. They have managed to keep the Kansas City offense from the end zone.
The Denver offense finally got untracked at the end of the second quarter with a 94-yard touchdown drive that gave them a 7-6 halftime lead. Moreno contributed 20-yards in that drive and wound up with 26 rushing and 10 receiving yards for the first two quarters.
The Broncos received he second-half kick-off and marched methodically down the field. This drive ended with another Matt Prater missed field goal, this one from 33 yards.
The Broncos scored a touchdown on a 30-yard manning to Thomas pass towards the end of the third quarter. After that it became a defensive game with neither team being able to score. That has been the story with the Chiefs most of this season. The game was finally put out of reach when Matt Prater finally made a 43-yard field goal with fifteen seconds remaining.
While defense certainly dominated this game, Moreno had a very productive day. He rushed for 85 yards and caught four passes for another 26 yards. The resurrection of Knowshon Moreno has begun. Look for him to start next week as well when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit Denver.
Hans Benes is an NFL writer for TPF and can be contacted at HBenes@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com.