The Kansas City Chiefs’ schedule has turned out to be an enormous asset for the team. With a new coaching staff and over half their roster turned over, they’ve needed the soft early schedule to build chemistry and find their identity. On top of having nine of their easiest games to start the season, they get a bye week before their toughest matchup of the year — on the road against the Denver Broncos.
Peyton Manning will obviously be the best quarterback that Kansas City has seen to date as he is the unquestioned MVP to this point. After facing backup quarterbacks in four of their last five games, many think the Chiefs won’t be ready for the Bronco offense, but Kansas City fans should not be scared.
The Chiefs are actually better when an opponent is playing their starter this season. In five games against a starting QB, they’ve surrendered 210.6 passing yards per game with four TDs and eight INTS. That’s compared to 259.8 yards per game, five TDs and four INTs in the four games with a backup at the helm.
Manning will provide the toughest challenge to date, but time is on Kansas City’s side. Andy Reid is always at his best with two weeks to prepare, with a record of 13-1 after the bye in his career. Along with defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, Reid has nine tapes of game film to study the Denver offense and you can count on a great game plan, a backup plan and another backup plan.
Kansas City’s defense is ridiculously talented with no shortage of weapons to stop Manning and company. The extra time spent to figure out how to use those weapons is going to be priceless. Manning is not unstoppable, and on Sunday Night Football, the team that is best equipped to stop him is going to do just that.