They inexorably pull away. If this game featured little of the passing fireworks Manning has detonated on other opponents—Denver finished well below its season average of 41.2 points per game and Manning had just one touchdown pass—it was a testament to the Chiefs’ defense, which managed to avoid a blowout despite not sacking Manning and forcing just one turnover.
That it didn’t matter is a reflection of the Chiefs’ offense.
All week long, this game was billed as a matchup of an all-time great offense and an all-time great defense.
But reality is that it was an all-time great offense against a very good defense, and against one of the league's worst offenses.
Loss to Broncos exposes possibly fatal flaw in Chiefs' game
After getting to opposing quarterbacks 35 times in the season’s first seven games, K.C. has just one sack in its past three games, and its good fortune of facing quarterbacks named Gabbert, Fitzpatrick, Keenum, Pryor, Campbell and Tuel ended abruptly when it stepped up in weight class against the likes of Manning—gimpy or not.
The rest of the quarterbacks KC is schedule to face, in order: Philip Rivers, PMFM, RG3 in Washington, Terrelle Pryor in Oakland, Andrew Luck, and Rivers in San Diego. We'll see about that pass rush/defense...
It’s simple: keep Peyton Manning clean, the Broncos win.
It’s true when he’s healthy. It’s true when he’s feeling a little average. And it’s true when his ankle is as hurt as an Alex Smith checkdown.
The Broncos just restored order to the NFL with their 27-17 win, which could have been a lot more lopsided. The NFL simply can’t have teams like the Chiefs masquerading around like a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
Not that they were ever terribly worried, but the '72 Dolphins can pop those champagne corks. In an AFCW showdown that wasn't as close as many had expected, the Broncos knocked off the NFL's last unbeaten team, 27-17 (Gamebook).
Denver and Kansas City are now tied atop the AFC and AFCW at 9-1, with the rematch coming just two weeks from now at Arrowhead.
But before that, the Broncos head to New England for Manning/Brady 14, while the Chiefs will host the Chargers.
Inactives: Broncos - Champ Bailey, Nate Irving, Ronnie Hillman, Tony Carter, J.D. Walton, Chris Kuper, Zac Dysert
Chiefs - Tyler Bray, Dunta Robinson, Nico Johnson, Eric Kush, Rokevious Watkins, Rishaw Johnson, Jaye Howard
According to Mike Klis, Jack Del Rio interviewed for the vacant USC head coaching job during Denver's bye week.
JDR's met with his alma mater on Friday, November 1, a day before the health scare that sidelined John Fox and made Del Rio the Broncos' interim coach.
If Alexis Smith was a man with some balls
he would stop with the junk checkdown calls,
but he's not, so he sucks,
so it goes that his ducks
force the Chiefs to puke in the stalls.
It's getting close to game time. Throw your limerick down, Broncos fans!
Here are the day's inactive lists. Enjoy the games, and Go Texans and Dolphins!
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Tonight's forecast is for temperatures in the thirties, with low humidity and winds in the single digits.
If attending tonight's game, you'll have some nice, crisp weather, and shouldn't need too many layers.
But you may want to bring your earplugs, this and every week.
According to auditory experts, people should only be exposed to the average noise level of an NFL game for 60 minutes at a clip.
“The real question I have, what I’d really love to see — and maybe what Alex would love to see — is, if you started calling more expansive plays and having a lot more fun, would [Smith] answer the call?
“In San Francisco, he started to spread his wings. I don’t know if Alex or we have seen the best of Alex Smith, and it’s been pretty dang good. … It would be fun to see if they just let it rip and let him throw it 45 times a game.”
Seems a lot to ask out of a guy who ranks 31st (out of 35 QBs) in YPA, 31st in NY/A, 22nd in ANY/A, and 23rd in completion percentage.
Each of these are a huge dropoff from 2012, which is starting to look like a ten-game outlier/small sample. To wit, Smith's pedestrian 2013 is right in line with the rest of his career, 2012 excluded.