Game Preview – Chiefs at Broncos

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Nov 1, 2015; London, United Kingdom; Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West (35) is defended by Detroit Lions cornerback safety Glover Quin (27) during game 14 of the NFL International Series at Wembley Stadium. The Chiefs defeated the Lions 45-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive Keys

Run the ball. Kansas City had success against Denver in the first game because of Charles and Knile Davis. Since Charles is out for the season and Davis can’t block or catch well out of the backfield the Chiefs rely on Charcandrick West to carry the load. If Denver’s defense has a weakness it is that they can be over-aggressive. The Chiefs can capitalize on that aggressiveness by feeding the ball to their running backs. This key doesn’t only pertain to West, Andy Reid, and the play calling but also to Alex Smith. Smith has had success stepping up in the pocket and taking off when he sees the void. Watching the first game against Denver, I noticed that Smith had some opportunities to take off with the ball but either waited too long and took a sack or threw the ball away. Make no mistake about it the Broncos will be tough to throw the ball on so Smith will have to create some plays with his legs.

Keep the passing game quick. The best kept secret in football is that the Chiefs aren’t great at throwing it deep. In case sarcasm doesn’t translate well to print, it isn’t a secret at all. In order to consistently move the ball against a great Denver defense the Chiefs must negate the pass rush and excellent corner play by getting the ball out quickly to tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. On Sunday, the Colts were able score on Denver by running crossing routes and quick outs with their speediest play-makers. The Chiefs could do the same if they get the ball out quick and avoid the pressure. (Could be easier with pass rusher DeMarcus Ware and defensive back Aqib Talib most likely out for the game)

Take care of the football. In their first meeting, the Chiefs gave the ball away five times. Smith threw two interceptions, DeAnthony Thomas fumbled on a punt return, and Charles gave the ball away twice. His second fumble was picked up by Denver and ran in for a touchdown that won the game. If the Chiefs take care of the football in that game it is at the very least an added six points for the Chiefs and minus 10 points for the Broncos. It should go without saying but if the Chiefs take care of the rock and let Manning throw some of his league leading interceptions to the defense they could come out of the Mile High City with a win.

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