Coming into this game, the stat line tells a completely different story than what fans will be presented with this season. Peyton Manning has owned the Kansas City Chiefs throughout his career. In 14 games (including the playoffs), Manning is 13-1. Since joining the Broncos, Peyton is a perfect 6-0, with 16 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, and a QBR of 83.7.
However, things are going to be different for the Broncos this year. They won't be able to rely on Peyton to outscore their opponent and, judging by the state of their defense, knew that before most. Led be Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware, Denver could potentially have one of the best defenses in football. For once in his life, Peyton Manning may be a complimentary player.
But what about that other team? You know, the team that pummeled our New England Patriots last season?
Well they are back, and their pass rush is just as good as Denver's. Their speed rush should concern Peyton, who isn't necessarily that good under pressure, and thats putting it mildly.
As for the Chief's offense, Alex Smith has finally shown that he can throw a football into the end zone. While he has the most weapons that he has ever had in Kansas City, aside from Travis Kelce, who is still a somewhat question mark, and Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs still lack a powerful offense.
Expect to see a relatively low scoring game, with the Chiefs being able to pull it out in the end and finally beating Peyton for the first time since 2004.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS