Kansas City Chiefs
Peyton Manning went virtually untouched by Kansas City’s sack-happy defense Sunday night, throwing for 323 yards and a touchdown to lead the Denver Broncos to a 27-17 victory.
While the intoxicating matchup of Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ high-flying offense against the Chiefs’ ferocious defense has garnered the spotlight this week, what happens when they’re off the field could prove just as critical to the outcome.
The Denver Broncos are hitting a critical stretch with two games against Kansas City wrapped around a trip to New England over the next three weeks that figures to either bolster or blister their Super Bowl credentials.
The Broncos play the Chiefs in an AFC West meeting between teams with the best combined record of two opponents this deep into the season since the NFL merger in 1970.
Peyton Manning’s four big targets have combined for 30 touchdown catches so far, yet the most important receiver the Denver Broncos have right now isn’t Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker or Julius Thomas.
The quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs likes to run an up-tempo offense, wing the ball all over the field, tuck it under and scramble when things get hairy. But slow things down? Keep the other offense off the field? That’s a hard idea for him to accept.
Even before he was hired in January, Chiefs coach Andy Reid watched tapes from every game that Kansas City played last season, including both matchups with the Broncos.
Peyton Manning is taking a beating. The Broncos’ offensive line is battered and his right ankle is throbbing. And now here come the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs, leading the league in sacks.
Eric Decker said the Chargers did a good job disguising their defensive coverages, something he expects to see once again as the Broncos meet the Chiefs in Denver on Sunday.
John Fox received a bit of a scare 10 days ago when he felt ill while playing golf in North Carolina, which led to heart valve surgery. The Denver Broncos head coach is now recovering and took time to talk to reporters about that on Tuesday.