The Kansas City Chiefs needed to walk into Mile High Stadium proving they were the best team in the NFL. When time ran out, they failed to do so. As Blair Stover discusses below, the Chiefs stuck around for a while but couldn’t make the plays needed to get the win.
All year long the talk has been about Kansas City’s defense. It had not allowed more than 17 points in a game up to Week 11. However, it was Denver’s offense that was proving to be the better core. It registered four sacks against QB Alex Smith and KC’s offensive line, while the Chiefs never touched Manning. In fact, Peyton never hit the dirt.
Kansas City has made headlines all year long about its stellar defense. With the addition of future HOF Head Coach Andy Reid, the Chiefs have played for team success rather than the individual and it has shown in the first 10 weeks. They have allowed an average of 327 YPG on offense and just 12.9 points, never allowing more than 17 points. Sunday night, those numbers were thrown out the window.
Manning and the Denver offense put up 427 total yards, with 323 of those being passing. Alex Smith ended up with 200 passing yards and the KC offense had just 344. Normally this would have been enough to win a game, but Coach Reid and the Chiefs knew they had to put up more than 17 points if they wanted to win. RB Jamaal Charles had a decent outing as he added to his AFC-best total 725 yards, adding 78 more.
Redemption may be in the cards for Kansas City as the only two games on their schedule that really give them any competition are the Broncos. The rest of the schedule is, as the experts and fans call it, the easiest schedule in football.