Perhaps no words in the English language tick a Chiefs fan off more than "Denver Broncos" (except, perhaps, "Oakland Raiders" and "Larry Johnson," but those are debatable).
I was perusing Yahoo Sports (which isn't the be-all, end-all of sports websites, I know) and - as per usual - they had an enormous spread on the Donkeys while our boys in red received scarcely a nod.
Okay, that's the end of that. This isn't a post to whine about media coverage.
The way to beat the Broncos is very similar to the way to beat the Colts of old: Hit Peyton Manning. A lot. According to this article, noted pass rusher Robert Mathis is quoted as saying "No quarterback likes to be hit. Especially him." And as our front seven - and even Brandon Flowers yesterday - have shown repeatedly this season, we are more than capable of hitting the quarterback, having sacked Case Keenum five times yesterday (all in the second half) and made mincemeat of arch-enemy Terrelle Pryor the week before.
The article also goes on to mention the need to take away the run game, forcing Manning to try to beat us through the air. Without having watched the game (and relying mostly on hearsay), it appears that the Colts' defense was able to limit the Donkeys' running game to almost nothing. If we can do the same thing - we did it against the Titans, after all, limiting Chris Johnson (remember him?) to very few rush yards (although he did have that 49-yard TD reception off a shovel pass) and against the Raiders, and largely against the Eagles - we can force Manning into a lot of passes. And our secondary has shown they can more than live up to the challenge.
What can you take home from this article? Beat the run game. We've shown we're capable of limiting it, if not entirely taking it away. Hit the quarterback. And defend the pass. I'm sure there are many other keys to beating Denver, written by the slew of other writers here - all of them much better (and more qualified) than myself, but this is the way I see it.
I am, however, still a bit concerned about our offense - we have to get more efficient. Anthony Fasano's return should help us considerably in that regard - hopefully he can get some blocks so Jamaal Charles doesn't repeatedly get swallowed up behind (or just past) the LOS on running plays.
Looking forward to November 17, when the Donkeys and Chiefs square off in
Mile High Invesco Field the home of the enemy, 1990s style. Bring them on!