On NFL Network’s Playbook this week Mayock did a great breakdown of how the Bears shut down the Eagles’ vertical passing game. The Bears beat their speed receivers by keeping the safeties deep and having corners and LBs jam the receivers at the line. The resulting disruption of timing routes and prevention of yards after catches really limited what the Eagles could do. It seems that this is a strategy that the Chiefs should employ against Denver this week. With Flowers and possibly Lewis likely to be out, we can’t rely on our standard defense. But Lloyd and Royal are not big receivers and by bumping them hard in the 5 yard zone, we’ll give Tamba and others a better shot at putting Orton on the ground while he has to wait for them to clear.
This change up is really the best antidote for that fast start they put on us last time. Kyle Orton is Denver’s only significant weapon. If we can delay his ability to find his receivers and hit him early and often, it will be a very long day for him at Arrowhead.
I’m not too worried about Knowshon Moreno or any other Denver RB. McDaniels has shown that he can’t put together a dominating run offense and prefers to use RBs solely to set up play action passes. Besides, our defense has already handled Arian Foster, Frank Gore, Peyton Hillis and Maurice Jones-Drew and held all of them below their averages. With the Chiefs' extra motivation to get the bad taste of the last meeting out of their mouths, I’m pretty sure Moreno will be held to 50 yards or less for the day.
Our offense has already shown what it can do against Denver (when we can stop their offense). I don’t expect any slowdown in production there. However, I do think it’s important—if only for the principle—that we win by a large margin. Warpaint should be the only horse with anything to celebrate come Sunday.