The Chiefs are 3-0 after beating the Philadelphia Eagles 26-16 on Thursday Night Football in Week 3. They've already bested the number of wins they had in 2012, and they could be the toughest opponent for the Broncos in the AFC West.
New Chiefs coach Andy Reid inherited a team with a strong defense, but one that had major questions on the offensive side of the ball. Reid is known as an offensive guru, so fixing that side of the ball would come naturally to him.
Kansas City upgraded the quarterback position when they added Alex Smith to the roster. Smith is not a gunslinger, but more of a game manager who will stay safe with the football. So far this season Smith has 669 yards passing with four touchdowns and zero interceptions. He does a good job leading the team and taking what a defense gives him.
The centerpiece of the offense is superstar running back Jamaal Charles. Reid is going to use Charles as much as possible as both a runner and receiver out of the backfield. Charles already has 224 yards rushing and 151 yards receiving with three total touchdowns in 2013. He is difficult to stop because his speed makes him a threat to score anytime he touches the ball.
The group of wide receivers is led by Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery. It has been Avery who has been making more plays than Bowe this year. Perhaps we'll see an emphasis coming from the Chiefs to get Bowe more involved going forward.
The Chiefs defense is stout at all three levels. This unit could give the Broncos problems, because they are complete.
Up front the defensive line features strength and quickness. Dontari Poe has turned into one of the best nose tackles in the game today. He has the strength to toss opponents out of the way with ease, and has the burst to get after the quarterback.
Inside linebackers Derrick Johnson and Akeem Jordan can find the ball quickly. This makes the Chiefs more difficult to run against as neither take that many false steps to get out of position.
Outside linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali will get to the quarterback in a hurry. Their constant pressure puts opposing quarterbacks under duress frequently.
The secondary features a couple of stars in cornerback Brandon Flowers and safety Eric Berry. Flowers can blanket an opponent's best receiver and shut him down. Berry is a ball hawk who can stuff the run close to the line of scrimmage or hang with receivers on downfield routes.
The Chiefs are going to win with a suffocating defense and a consistent offense. They are trying to bounce back after a 2-14 season in 2012. They are on their way to at least a .500 record and could split games with the Broncos this season.