For defensive coordinators, one of two things will occur when traveling to Mile High: The thin air will leave them light-headed, or Peyton Manning will induce a pounding headache.
Regardless, at least one person in the press box will be rubbing their temples by halftime.
Denver concluded the 2012 regular season with a 7-1 home record—a six-point loss to Houston serving as the sole blemish. And the final pre-postseason scoreboard flaunted a 38-3 routing of Kansas City.
Week 11 will present the most demanding challenge for the Chiefs defense. Kansas City will benefit from its Week 10 bye, and Bob Sutton will spend that week devising a blueprint to frustrate Manning. Fans can expect to see Eric Berry utilized in a variety of ways, and a blind-side nickelback blitz could be on the menu.
But if there is one fact that is continuously overlooked, it's that Denver hosted the No. 2 defense in the league last season.
And the Mile High crowd is sure to be fully engaged. Kansas City will face four of its weakest opponents—Tennessee, Oakland, Cleveland and Buffalo—in a five-game stretch prior to Week 11. In other words, the Chiefs could head into Week 11 riding a wave of success.
If Alex Smith can overcome a raucous crowd and humble the AFC West title-holders, the scoreboard will make a resounding statement: the Kansas City Chiefs are back.