Obviously with the broncos going into the super bowl and doing everything they did this season, they were basically viewed by many people as the most incredible team that's ever stepped onto a football field. And when the chiefs started 9-0, eventually improving to 11-5, they were considered a 'fluke' team. They were fakes, and hadn't beaten anybody with any talent. But, when you look at the chiefs 2013 schedule
vs the Broncos 2013 schedule
you'll see that at the week 9 mark, the broncos had played and beaten 6 of the same teams the chiefs had(including the other AFC west teams), and played two that they hadn't, which were a win against the ravens, and a loss to the patriots.
After week 10, the broncos beat 3 other teams that the chiefs had already managed to. The only teams that the broncos played that the chiefs didn't besides the chiefs themselves, were the patriots and ravens, the patriots being a loss and the ravens being a win. The broncos also managed to beat the chargers once, and lose to them once as well, and the chiefs almost beat them both times.
The broncos also had a 'sweep' over the chiefs this year too, although the second victory really wasn't all that great of one, considering smith was very close to having a tying drive in the last minutes of the game. the first victory was only a 10 point deficit as well, meaning the broncos 'swept' the chiefs by a total of 17 points this year.
When looking at the differences, this basically means that, including the raiders and chargers, the broncos played 12 of the same teams the chiefs did, and beat 10 of them, and the two teams that were 'too good' for the chiefs to play with their schedule strength, the broncos lost one and won one. Add the two wins over the chiefs and you have a 13-3 record with losses to New England, San Diego, and Indianapolis. Kansas City also lost to the latter two, and didn't play the first.
So in reality, the broncos beat 10 of the same teams the chiefs did, beat the chargers once, and beat the chiefs twice. It's a little difficult to word the point i'm trying to make here, but basically, the chiefs are barely behind the broncos, in the sense that the broncos pretty much beat everyone the chiefs did, and lost to everyone the chiefs did, with the exception of themselves. So really, the only thing standing in between a 12-4 record or above is... Denver. And you can see how 'advanced' they are ahead of the chiefs. which really, isn't much. In fact, the chiefs are really close behind Denver, and I'm looking forward to see how the Chiefs do next season with these numbers in mind, considering 10 of KC's victories came from 10 of the same teams Denver's did, yet Kansas City was a 'fluke' and Denver was praised 24/7 everywhere. Interesting, huh?