The Kansas City Chiefs gave up five sacks to five different players the last time they faced the Denver Broncos in Week 2. The Chiefs offensive line is not a strength but it has played better in recent weeks, and the Chiefs believe they're better prepared to face a defense like the Broncos now.
"This is a good defense, they pride themselves on rushing five guys and getting after the passer well," Chiefs OC Doug Pederson said, via quotes from the Chiefs. "Leading the league there in sacks. And then they play man coverage. Again, they're good that way and they're obviously No. 1 in a lot of areas on defense. And it's because of their aggression.
"We understand that about this team. It's nothing we haven't seen in the past, not only from them, but from other teams. We have a better understanding, I think, of how to attack and how to prepare for teams like this."
Without pressure the last time the two teams faced, PFF had Alex Smith completing 11-of-16 passes for 118 yards and one interception.
Thinking you can stop someone and actually stopping someone are two different things. The last time around, the Chiefs Donald Stepenson played well at left tackle. That will be the Chiefs most improved lineman, Eric Fisher, this time around. Ben Grubbs lined up at left guard last time around but it looks like that will be Jeff Allen this time with Grubbs still out with a neck injury. The other positions - C Mitch Morse, RG Laurent Duvneray-Tardif, RT Jah Reid - very well could be the same as the Week 2 game against Denver.
I feel more comfortable on the left side of the line with Fisher at left tackle and Allen at left guard. Mitch Morse continues to get better in showing why he's one of the top rookie linemen this year. The right side is a bit of a concern because Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, the presumed right guard starter, and Jah Reid, the presumed right tackle starter, both struggled against the Broncos last time around. Those two were responsible for three sacks and three hurries in the Week 2 game. The Chiefs know this and will try to be prepared for it.
This is a big test for the Chiefs pass protection. If they can hold the Broncos at bay, they do so with anyone.