Other takeaways from Denvers grind-it-out win

MONTREAL - Impact president Joey Saputo couldnt wait until the end of the game before he stirred the pot. Minutes before the final whistle of Sporting Kansas Citys 3-0 victory over a shorthanded Montreal Impact squad on Saturday afternoon, Saputo tweeted: "Our fans deserve better. Changes will be coming, guaranteed." The Impact (1-3-5) have won once this season, are second-to-last in the Eastern Conference with six points from nine games, and have now lost six games in all competitions. "In the end, Im the coach, and its my responsibility," said Frank Klopas, who coached his 100th MLS game on Saturday. "I always want the best for the club. Every one has the right to be upset when you lose. Im going to give everything in the end. "I know Im doing the right things, but in the end, Im the coach and Im responsible. It starts from there, from the top." The Impact, who were without the services of Marco Di Vaio due to a hamstring injury, were outclassed even before Collen Warner was shown a red card for handling the ball with his arm in the penalty box in the 17th minute, which left the club with only 10 players on the field. Before and after the ejection, Montreal was penned in its own half. Kansas City (5-2-2) finished the game with 78 per cent ball possession, and 12 total shots to Montreals four. Sporting also completed five times as many passes as the Impact did. Fans expressed their displeasure by booing sporadically during the game. The Ultras, Montreals vocal fan base, even chanted for the return of Marco Schallibaum, last years coach. "I know the frustration of the fans, and its understandable," said Klopas. "They come to support the team." "Thats why theyre fans," added Impact keeper Troy Perkins. "They want results, they want a good team, and especially in this city, they want to win. Theyre free to say what they want, and theyre going to say it." In the 17th minute, Matt Beslers long throw-in evaded the Impact defenders and landed awkwardly in the penalty box. Perkins made the initial save, but the ball rolled onto the arm of Warner, who was sprawled out on the goal-line. Warner made two saves with his left arm before the referee pointed to the spot. "Those long throws, weve been talking about them. We knew they were good at them," said 24-year-old Wandrille Lefevre, who made his first appearance for the team on Saturday. "We had to be ready, and we paid for those details. And that wasnt the last goal — it was the first one. Its all about the details. The games are won and lost in a matter of minutes." After the red card, Dom Dwyers penalty kick beat Perkins low for his team-leading fifth goal of the season. "Initially, the ball just happened to be on his hand," said Sporting midfielder Graham Zusi. "But the second one was pretty obvious. "It changed everything. We were able to keep the ball the entire game. They didnt have anything going for them. Going down a man is devastating, and today was no different." Dwyer added another in the second half, a powerful left-footed shot in the 64th minute, to cement Kansas lead and propel the team to the top of the MLS Eastern Conference. Paulo Nagamura also scored for Kansas City in the first half. The storyline wasnt very different from last months encounter between these two teams, when Dwyer recorded a brace and Kansas City thumped the Impact 4-0 at Sporting Park on Apr. 19. Sporting keeper Eric Kronberg, who was only solicited twice, now leads the league with five shutouts and a paltry 0.67 goals-against-average. Klopas wanted to focus on positives after the game, pointing to a young back-line that was solid despite the lopsided score. Alongside Lefevre, the Impact started 22-year-old Maxim Tissot and 21-year-old Karl Ouimette on defence. "These are three younger guys that are getting a lot of experience," said Klopas. "Theyre guys you can count on for the future. Im not happy with the result, but you can have continuity when you can build a team around guys like that." The Impact play Edmonton FC midweek in the Canadian Championship after losing the first leg 2-1. The team then heads to the American capital to take on D.C. United. "Theres a lack of ideas, a lack of belief in themselves. Certainly somethings missing," said Perkins. "But when things are going bad, you dont stop, you dont quit, you just keep going. We have to keep plugging away, and keep doing what were doing." Notes: Defender Hassoun Camara missed the game due to an accumulation of yellow cards. … Midfielder Hernan Bernardello made his first start since injuring his ankle in April. … Montreal and Kansas City meet for the third and final time this season on July 12 at Saputo Stadium. Kellyn Acosta Jersey . 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The Patriots, who had a bye in Week 10, will look to continue the offensive success they had a week earlier when New England scored 55 points and racked up 610 yards of total offense in a 55-31 drubbing of the Pittsburgh Steelers.DENVER - Peyton Mannings touchdown streak is over, and he couldnt care less.I dont need to break or set another record, the five-time MVP said after watching his streak of 51 games with a touchdown throw end Sunday three shy of Drew Brees NFL record. It was important to get a win.The Broncos beat Buffalo 24-17 behind C.J. Andersons three touchdown runs and a swarming defence that made up for Denvers three turnovers with three takeaways of its own.Manning hadnt been held without a TD toss since Nov. 14, 2010, for Indy against Cincinnati.Thats 1,485 days.C.J. did a good job down there in the red zone, getting in there on those runs, Manning said of Andersons scores of 6, 1 and 3 yards. Those are hard-earned runs down there. It was good to improve our red zone (efficiency) after settling for five short field goals in a win at Kansas City.We didnt score many touchdowns last week and that was the difference tonight, being able to score touchdowns in the red zone as opposed to settling for field goals.The Broncos (10-3) won their third straight game since downshifting their high-octane offence from a pass-oriented attack to a run-heavy approach.I hope fans will still keep coming to the games, deadpanned Manning, who finished 14 of 20 for 173 yards with two interceptions.With Julius Thomas out again, Demaryius Thomas hobbled and Emmanuel Sanders pin-balling through the secondary all afternoon, Wes Welker awakened from a season-long slumber to lead the Broncos with six catches for 82 yards.This was not the game for the receivers to have a lot of big numbers, Manning said, but Wes play helped us get this victory.Former Broncos QB Kyle Orton had a day like Manning usually does: 38 of 57 for 355 yards. He led the Bills (7-6) on two long desperation TD drives in the fourth quarter after theyd fallen behind 21-3. His 38 completions tied a team record and his 58 attempts is a franchise high.Not good enough to beat a good football team, said Orton, who was sacked four times.Other takeaways from Denvers grind-it-out win:UNDERHANDED FIST BUMP? After Anderson bulled in for his second TD, the Broncos celebrated. So did the refs. Moments after Andersonss 1-yard score, line judge John Hussey and umpire Carl Paganelli fist bumped after making what turned out to be the correct call.ddddddddddddBills safety Aaron Williams wasnt amused. After the game, he linked the video of the officials reaction to a tweet critical of the officials.The NFL had no problem with the gesture: It was an acknowledgment of good mechanics between the two officials involved in making the call, NFL spokesman Michael Signora said.SACKLESS BILLS: The Bills still lead the league with 48 sacks but they didnt add to that total Sunday as they went without a sack for the first time since Sept. 22, 2013, against the Jets.You have to give it to the big boys up front, said Anderson, praising his O-line that was pilloried last month.WONDERFUL WATKINS: With 127 yards on seven catches, Sammy Watkins became the first Bills rookie with four 100-yard games in a season.Every week I try to be that guy to change the game and make plays, Watkins said. I had great catches. But ultimately we didnt win the game and thats the ultimate goal.MAGNIFICENT MARSHALL: When last years top tackler, Danny Trevathan, returns from IR this week, hell join a linebacker corps thats done just fine without him.His sub, Brandon Marshall, leads the team with 107 tackles and on Sunday had a team-high nine stops to go with three pass breakups and his first career interception.MCMANUS BACK: One week after replacing him with veteran Connor Barth, the Broncos brought back kicker Brandon McManus as a kickoff specialist and he had four touchbacks in five kickoffs. Marcus Thigpen brought the other one out from 8 yards deep in the end zone and only reached the 19.Its good to still be in the locker room, continue to learn, McManus said. In practice, Ill still be working on my field goals. Ive got such a strong leg I kind of have some variables in my field goal steps that I know I can change. And obviously I didnt want to do that in the middle of the season. 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