- The Broncos have one of the best offenses in recent NFL history. Peyton Manning is a quarterback cyborg, and the toys he has to throw to are gifted.
By SAM MELLINGER
The Kansas City Star
- That said, the Chiefs can beat them.
- I said CAN.
- A good chunk of the Broncos success came on missed tackles by the Chargers. The Broncos get some credit for this, of course particularly Demaryius Thomas but the Chargers get some blame, too. The Broncos are good enough on their own, you cant give them extra yards by missing tackles.
- Missed tackles were a major problem for the Chiefs in Buffalo, you might remember.
- Its hard to use this game as too much of a gauge for what will happen in Denver next weekend, because the Chargers are so different than the Chiefs. Specifically on defense, Im talking about a lack of pass rush and cornerbacks who cant play the physical style of Marcus Cooper and Sean Smith.
- Also, Philip Rivers and Alex Smith are such different quarterbacks. Rivers has a much stronger arm, and takes many more chances. Smith is a much better athlete, and takes care of the ball.
- A lot of San Diegos success on offense came running the ball through the middle, or on quick slants to their receivers.
- Hey, look: Manti Teo!
- The Broncos went fairly conservative on offense. Impossible to know how much this is John Foxs absence, and how much of it is saving up for the Chiefs.
- Peyton Manning is ludicrously accurate. There was a pass down the left sideline, in the first half, on a go route by Demaryius Thomas where the ball was just perfectly dropped in. I mean that literally, too. The pass was perfect. It could not be improved upon.
- That said, Manning really struggles when theres pressure. He threw one ball in the third quarter that shouldve been intercepted. Broncos (backup) left tackle Chris Clark was beat badly on the play, and Manning got hit hard after the throw. There were a few times where it looked like even the threat of a pass rush altered throws. This is something the Chiefs will try to exploit.
- They fumble a lot, too. The Broncos will hit some big plays, but theyll also leave some big plays to be made by the Chiefs defense. That, as much as anything else, might determine the outcome next weekend in Denver.