Kansas City Chiefs: Over Their Heads Against Denver?

By Jonathan W. Crowell

The 9-0 undefeated Kansas City Chiefs are in the NFL‘s top spot right now, going into the game Sunday night against the 8-1 Denver Broncos, and the Chiefs’ defense stands firm with the fewest points allowed per game (12.3), the most sacks (36) and turnover margin (+15). Defensively, they are beasts, and even the Chiefs’ offense, though unpredictable, have come through in a pinch to win when necessary, particularly by running back Jamaal Charles. They should not be underestimated going to Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

In contrast, the 8-1 Broncs are hands-down the highest scoring team in the league right now, and are also the only team averaging at least 40 P/PG (41.2, to be precise). They are also the only team right now averaging at least 30 P/PG. The Kansas City defense will have their hands full, to be sure.

The long-time AFC West rivalry continues. Denver is favored in most lines by eight points or so, but how in over their heads are the Chiefs, really?

Much has been noted this season regarding the ease of the Chiefs’ schedule, most likely due to the fact that they remain undefeated after a dismal 2-14 season last year, and have made an overwhelming comeback with new head coach Andy Reid and new quarterback Alex Smith at the helm.

It’s been a real comeback.

Granted, none of the teams that the Chiefs have beaten so far have a winning record right now. But the same goes for the teams the Broncos have beaten. Finally, both teams will have to show what they’re made of, the best offense against the stingiest defense, when they face off at Sports Authority Field on Sunday.

The key to the Chiefs’ taking this one will be to shut down Manning and the offense, something they have done beautifully this year so far, thanks to Dontari Poe, Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali and Justin Houston to name a few. Denver’s defense has shown some frailties in recent weeks, particularly when it comes to defending Manning, and they may not have their way with Kansas City as easily as they might have been hoping.

Prepare for probably the most-anticipated and definitely the most-watched NFL game of the season Sunday night.

And prepare for records to be broken and for history to be made.

Jonathan W. Crowell is a writer and an online sports blogger for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JW_Crowell, “like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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