Rapid Reaction: Broncos 44, Chiefs 13

KANSAS CITY --- The Denver Broncos excel at not playing down to the level of their opposition.

Denver wiped out the Chiefs on Sunday, further helping its playoff cause. This game was never close as Denver exorcised some bad history. The Broncos entered the game with a 1-17 record in Kansas City in the month of December.

The Broncos bucked the trend in grand style. Their 44 points scored was their highest point total at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Broncos continued their season of streaks with the win. Denver opened the season with six straight wins. Then, it lost four straight before recovering and winning two straight. The Broncos are 8-4 and in good shape in the AFC wild-card race. They trail San Diego, which is 8-3 and playing Sunday afternoon in Cleveland, by a half game in the AFC West.

If the Broncos can beat Oakland at home on Dec. 20 and Kansas City at home in the season finale, they will have 10 wins and should be in fine playoff shape. Denver has lost to just one team with a losing record this season and that was against Washington when quarterback Kyle Orton was hurt.

Sunday, Denver easily dispatched the Chiefs in a game that showed Kansas City is not ready to compete with the better teams in the division. In back-to-back weeks, Kansas City has been outscored by a total of 60 points by San Diego and Denver.