The Broncos lost quarterback Jay Cutler to a leg bruise and were never able to move the ball under backup Patrick Ramsey in a humbling 44-7 loss to the Lions. The Chiefs battled the Packers tough as the lead changed hands seven times. But a late interception cost host Kansas City, which fell, 33-22, losing the game as well as RB Larry Johnson to a foot injury.
The top three teams in the AFC West are separated by only one game. In a division that could be decided by tiebreakers, head-to-head and records within the division become crucial.
Broncos left tackle Matt Lepsis vs. Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen. The Packers and left tackle Chad Clifton did a good job of neutralizing Allen, the AFC sack leader (holding him to half a sack), which gave Brett Favre time to pick apart the Chiefs' secondary. Lepsis, who missed 10 games last season with a knee injury, will need to replicate that effort, especially if Cutler's mobility is hampered by the injury or if the Broncos are forced to start Ramsey.