The Denver Broncos travel to Kansas City to face off with the Chiefs on Thursday Night Football. If you read about the Broncos week 1 win over the Baltimore Ravens you will hear a lot about the alleged demise of quarterback and not enough about the teams tremendous all around defense in the teams 19-13 win over the Ravens. The Chiefs fueled by two early touchdown grabs by Tight End Travis Kelce got off to a great start and never trailed in their 27-20 opening day win. Both teams’ head in Thursday night undefeated and it should be an interesting contest.
While much of the talk after the game was on Manning, the talk should have been about the Bronco defense. New head coach Gary Kubiak said it was the best defensive game that he has ever been a part of as a coach. The Broncos limited the Ravens to only 73 rushing yards. They also scored a touchdown by cornerback Aqib Talib. Manning and the offense struggled for most of the game but were able to manufacture a 17 play 81 yard drive that ran almost 11 fourth quarter minutes, unfortunately they were only able to come up with a field goal.
The Chiefs had an early season test with the Houston Texans and used an opportunistic defense and a strong all around game from quarterback Alex Smith to come away with a 27-20 victory in a game that they never trailed. Smiths first two touchdown passes of the game went to Tight End Travis Kelce who made many prognosticators look smart with his abilities to find holes in the defense. Smith finished the game throwing for 243 yards and 3 touchdowns. The team may have received a spark from the return of safety Eric Berry who played his first game after being diagnosed with lymphoma last November. He received a loud ovation from he crowd during pre game announcements.
Now we have a battle of two teams who started off the season with wins facing off on Thursday night. Until he shows otherwise all of the questions will be about Manning and his arm strength. There is rampant speculation that he lacks the ability to throw the ball down the field and did little to change that perception after last week’s performance. The Broncos will also need to rely more on its running game as both Ronnie Hillman and C.J Anderson had 12 carries each for a combined 78 yards. They will need more production out of the running game. The Chiefs have the look of a team that could potentially surprise a lot of people this season. They have an elite running back in Jamal Charles, a top-level tight end in Kelce and a legit number 1 receiver in Jeremy Maclin for the first time in Coach Andy Reid’s tenure with Philly. Add that to a sold overall defense and a lot of what happens this season will have a lot to do with the right arm of Alex Smith
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