Manning makes plays, Smith responds, Broncos up 10-7

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After a sluggish start, the Chiefs and Broncos are beginning to play like teams with a loss between them.

Peyton Manning hit a pair of big passes to his reliable targets, a 70-yarder to DeMaryius Thomas which set up a touchdown pass to Julius Thomas.

But Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith responded with a patient, 11-play drive, hitting Dwayne Bowe for a touchdown pass to cut the Broncos lead to 10-7 early in the second quarter.

The Chiefs took a hit on defense, losing defensive end Mike DeVito to a left knee injury. But otherwise, they’ve weathered the early storm in Denver, and responded offensively when they needed a play. It was the first offensive touchdown in seven quarters, and it came just in time.