When Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith was with the Miami Dolphins back in 2011 he did not have to worry much about Denver Broncos wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker playing their best game. Back then he was more focused on defending the run with Tim Tebow in the quarterback slot.
Tomorrow night in Denver, however, will be decidedly different for Smith. Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ offense are not ones to make many tracks on the gridiron with the ball in tow. Rather, as part of a formula as the NFL‘s highest scoring offenses, Manning is most likely to spread the ball around and keep hurling it to Thomas and Decker, as well as Wes Welker and tight end Julius Thomas.
This will be one of the most, if not the most, highly anticipated and watched games of this season. The 8-1 Broncos are favored in most lines by some eight points, and everyone wants to see what the undefeated 9-0 Chiefs can really do up against them.
Smith expects big plays from Manning to any of the Broncos’ offensive stars at any time, and he expects he’ll have to play in the moment and stay on top of his best game.
After Manning confounded both of Kansas City’s 5-foot-9 cornerbacks in the final game of last season, it was wisdom on the part of the Chiefs to match Smith (who towers over many of his teammates at 6-foot-3) to go against Thomas and Decker, who both measure in at 6-foot-3 as well.
Better yet, Smith knows quite a bit about the two Denver wide receivers as well as Julius Thomas and Welker. He knows enough to help him know what to watch for — explosive energy, long arms, good hands, strength and speed.
As dangerous as the Denver offensive squad may be, however, Smith is ready and plans to be on his toes and equally formidable in his coverage.
We’ll find out soon enough.