On Sunday night, the Kansas City Chiefs fell to the Denver Broncos 27-17 in an enormous AFC West battle. One of the big storylines coming into the game was what would happen when the NFL’s best offense collided with its best defense. The Broncos definitely won round one of that matchup and the biggest reason was tremendous pass protection.
A big key to success for the Chiefs was to get to Peyton Manning, but he went virtually untouched for the entire game. KC will get a chance to redeem themselves against Denver in week 13, and finding a way to get to Manning will be vital.
After averaging five sacks per game in their first seven contests, Kansas City has now managed just one total in their last three games. The Chiefs have been completely dependent on their defense this season and on a night when they needed some help on the other side of the ball; the stagnant offense couldn’t make it happen.
If Kansas City wants to get back to their winning ways, they must find a way to get to the quarterback again. KC still has to face Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Manning again and Philip Rivers twice. Every one of those quarterbacks can make a defense pay if given enough time. Until the Chiefs offense proves they can step up, the defense is going to need to carry them, but without pressure on the quarterback, it’s tough to envision that happening.