KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
Vickerson’s value:Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson landed on injured reserve with a hip injury, so it will be up to Sylvester Williams to step in and help slow down Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. “I told him, ‘Where this team wants to go, you’re going to have to grow quick,” fellow defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said. “There are certain expectations.”
Beware the picks: Denver excels at running crossing routes that inadvertently (wink, wink) cause picks in the secondary. Demaryius Thomas may catch the ball 5 yards downfield, but he ends up gaining 20. “That’s something you have to stop,” Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said. “You have to disrupt their routes, hit them as they’re crossing the field.”
Chiefs learning:Chiefs coach Andy Reid wouldn’t reveal particulars, but he said there were things he learned from the way New England dominated Denver in the second half last Sunday. “You can learn from every game and every snap,” he said. “We’ll see how that works out.”
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