The Kansas City Chiefs are just over 24 hours away from the biggest game of the season thus far, facing a future Hall of Fame quarterback who could be in the midst of the best season of his career. Fortunately for them, their history against Peyton Manning tells an encouraging story.
Tomorrow night will be the ninth time Peyton Manning has faced the Chiefs in the regular season, the third as a member of the Denver Broncos. While Manning comes in with a 7-1 regular season record against Kansas City, those seven wins have been some of the most difficult he has earned in his career.
Manning’s numbers against Kansas City
In those eight games, the Chiefs have sacked Manning 11 times and intercepted him six times. In only two of those games did Manning throw for 300 yards or more and his cumulative completion percentage is 62%. His teams averaged 26 points per game. Those numbers don’t really stand out until you compare it to how the rest of the NFL has stood up to Manning.
Only three times in the past 41 games has a Manning-led offense been held under 20 points. The opponent in two of those three games was Kansas City. If you take out the two games that the Chiefs held Manning’s offenses under 20 points, those Manning offenses average 33 points a game. That means the Chiefs have allowed Manning a touchdown less than the rest of his opponents on average. History repeating itself would be good and bad for Kansas City.
How 2013 could be the same as all the other times
The Chiefs have a defense more than capable of continuing the trend of limiting Manning’s production and putting pressure on him. Kansas City leads the NFL in sacks and turnover margin. The Chiefs haven’t allowed an opponent to score more than 17 points all season. The problem could be Kansas City’s offense.
The only time Kansas City beat Manning was actually his best game against the Chiefs. Manning threw for 472 yards and five touchdowns but Kansas City won 45-35. The Chiefs simply outscored him. With an offense that has struggled to find the end zone all season, Kansas City seems to be more primed for another painful loss than productive win.
If the Chiefs have their normal performance against Manning, they will pressure Manning, sack him, intercept him, significantly limit his production, do everything but outscore him. Kansas City has been one of the toughest opponents Manning has faced in his career, but he has won almost every time.
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