Kyle Orton was the Broncos’ starting quarterback at the beginning of the season, but after going 1-4 was benched in favor of Tim Tebow and eventually released.
Orton was claimed by the Chiefs and now has a chance to get back at his old team in a key matchup for the Broncos at Mile High Stadium. The Chiefs can knock the Broncos out of the playoffs with a win.
But Orton and Tebow insist they aren’t concerned with any individual dynamics here. This one is about the final result, pure and simple.
“The only guys I’m trying to prove something to are my teammates,” Orton said. “I really don’t worry about anything else.”
Had the Chiefs beaten the Raiders last week – they lost 16-13 in overtime – the game against Denver would have decided the AFC West title. Instead, it’s the Broncos who have a chance to win the division behind Tebow, who is 7-3 since replacing Orton.
“Ultimately, this is the Denver Broncos versus the Kansas City Chiefs,” Tebow said. “It’s two teams going at each other, not just a few players.”
Hmmm. Wonder if Orton will feel the same way if he gets a win against his old team.