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Postgame notes from Denver

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

DENVER -- Postgame thoughts after the Broncos' 24-17 win over the Chiefs:

  • The Chiefs did not register a sack Sunday. They have six sacks on the season which is a league low.

  • Derrick Johnson had six tackles in his first game at middle linebacker for the Chiefs. Rocky Boiman, who took over for Johnson, at outside linebacker also had six tackles. The Chiefs are trying to breathe life into their defense with the move.

  • Denver cornerback Dre' Bly deserves credit for playing well in the six games Denver played without star left cornerback Champ Bailey. Bly has elevated his game with Bailey out with a groin injury. The team hopes Bailey will be back next week at Carolina.

  • Chiefs running back Larry Johnson was held to 36 yards on 11 carries.

  • Denver rookie safety Josh Barrett, who was promoted from the practice squad three weeks ago, faced Tony Gonzalez all game. The seventh-round pick from Arizona State held Gonzalez to five catches for 73 yards. He broke up several passes. If Barrett can give Denver a spark down the stretch, it could be huge. The Broncos have lacked quality safety play all season.