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Everyone from Chris Berman to the guy at the end of the bar at Shenanigans is ready to hand the Broncos the AFC West. Just because Peyton Manning chose to grace the Rockies with his presence, people are conceding the division to Elway’s boys.
I am not one of those people.
Demaryius Thomas may be an up and coming receiver talent, but the rest of the receiving corps wouldn't scare the Iowa State secondary. Andre Caldwell, Eric Decker and Brandon Stokely aren’t exactly the stuff of nightmares.
The Chiefs were built to beat the Chargers when they were the primary passing team in the division. Now that Denver looks to be that team, the outpouring of secondary talent in Kansas City is tailor-made to beat passing offenses.
Additionally, Crennel seems to be Manning’s kryptonite. A wizard at taking away Manning’s primary read, it will prove difficult for Manning to find his first target. With Ryan Clady seeming to regress since his outstanding rookie season, Tamba Hali could have some fun when all of Manning’s receivers are covered.
Offensively, the Chiefs will have to exploit the weakness in the middle of Bronco’s line. Relying on second-round draft selection Derek Wolfe and old-timer Ty Warren to hold down the middle, the center of that defense is prime to be busted to pieces by Hillis.
Key Matchup: Kevin Boss and Tony Moeaki vs Elvis Dumervil and Robert Ayers
Jamaal Charles tormented the Broncos at the end of the 2009 seasons for 259 yards and two touchdowns. If Boss and Moeaki can seal the edges and let Charles run wild on the Denver defense again, it will keep the clock moving and give Manning less opportunities to get on the field. And anytime you get Charles on a roll you've got a good shot of winning any football game.