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After finishing 2-14 last season, the Kansas City Chiefs have made a remarkable turnaround this season, winning 11 of their first 14 games.
New head coach Andy Reid and his staff deserve much of the credit for that, but they are winning games with good quarterback play and a solid defense.
The Chiefs have a plus-21 differential in the turnover department, and Alex Smith has thrown for 3,160 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Still, two of their three losses have come at the hands of the Denver, and unless the Broncos trip up against either Houston or Oakland, the Chiefs are playing for a wild card.
The Big Question: Can Denver Pile the Points on the Chiefs Again?
Kansas City has had one of the best defenses in the league this season, but Denver has averaged 31 points in their two meetings.
If the two teams were to meet again, the Chiefs would have to get some defensive stops, because—despite the K.C. offense showing more explosiveness in recent games—it isn't clear yet that they can win a shootout against Manning.
With the way the defense is playing, Denver may have to win games by a score of 35-28, as they did against Kansas City in Week 13.
X-Factor Player: Eric Decker
Eric Decker will continue to get more looks as long as Wes Welker is out recovering from his second concussion of the year.
In the second game against Kansas City, Peyton Manning picked on rookie cornerback Marcus Cooper several times, and Decker finished the game with four touchdown catches.
If the Chiefs meet up with Denver again, Decker may present the biggest problem of all to Kansas City's defense.