Let’s hope the Kansas City Chiefs are using this bye week carefully. Because, after they finish up their time off they will be preparing for Denver Broncos week. Don’t get confused: The Chiefs are the underdog in this one.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos have been downright historic this season, breaking record after record each week. How do the Chiefs beat them? Well, despite the fact that they have arguably the league’s best defense, they are going to have to score — a lot.
Denver is averaging a whopping 42.9 points per game this season, by far the most in the league with the next closest being the Chicago Bears at 30.0 points per game. Manning has passed for nearly 3,000 yards and 29 touchdowns through eight games, putting him on pace for almost 6,000 yards and 58 touchdowns on the year.
The Chiefs have only given up 12 points per game in 2013, but hear me out loud and clear: They are going to have to score at least 35 points to beat this Broncos team — something they have never done this season.
In fact, the Chiefs have only scored more than 30 points in a game once this season, in week four against the New York Giants. With that said, the recipe for the Chiefs to score 35 points is as follows:
1. Run the ball with Jamaal Charles.
2. Pass the ball to Charles.
3. Get Charles the ball in any other humanly way possible.
As we all know by now, Alex Smith is not a quarterback who is going to win the game for his team. He’s great at managing and playing efficiently, but Charles is the heart of that offense. He’s already got over 1,100 total yards through nine games. He’s going to need about another 200 yards from scrimmage to have a shot at beating Denver.