Heading into Week 11, arguably the most anticipated game for NFL fans was the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs and their stingy defense, against the offensive powerhouse Denver Broncos. It was a big test for a Chiefs team that had yet to beat a team that had a record over .500 all year. However, they were undefeated and possessed an elite defense.
As for the Broncos, they had never played against a defense quite as good as the Chiefs despite possessing a prolific and balanced offensive attack. As it turned out, the Broncos did not have to play their best game offensively in order to win in this game.
The Chiefs, as well as they played defensively Sunday night, were a putrid offensive team. The score of 27-17 Denver may look like the Chiefs were able to move the ball, but one of their two touchdowns was in garbage time after Denver was already out to a decent-sized lead in the contest.
Even with shutting Peyton Manning down on several drives throughout the game, every football fan knows that if you give him enough opportunities with the football, he is eventually going to burn you. That is exactly what happened to the tune of 27 points for Denver. Kansas City simply could not match the Broncos on offense as Alex Smith and his receivers showed their ineptitude on a national stage. He completed less than 50 percent of his passes and as a result, the offense could not get into any kind of rhythm running or passing.
In the immortal words of former Head Coach Dennis Green, the Chiefs “are who we thought they were” a team with a great defense but not an exceptionally great team overall, especially on offense. Their 9-0 record was simply a product of their soft schedule and they could be in trouble come playoff time.