Tonight we have an intriguing matchup that has implication in the AFC West. There are a lot of questions to be answered for both teams still lingering from Week 1. Is Peyton Manning really on a decline? Will the Chiefs ever score a TD on a pass to a wide receiver? I once again blow the dust off my Super Tecmo Bowl game cartridge, slide it into my NES and let the prognostication begin.
The Kansas City Chiefs win the coin toss and choose to receive the ball. On the first play from scrimmage, Jamaal Charles loses the football and the Denver Broncos recover. Not a strong start for the Chiefs.
Derrick Johnson is a force and helps the Chiefs defense end the Broncos threat with a sack of Peyton Manning. Denver is forced to punt.
The Broncos defense also has not trouble getting to the quarterback as Alex Smith is sacked by T.J. Ward. On the next play however, Smith finds Albert Wilson open and completes a long gain.
Wilson is tackled in the red zone but Jamaal Charles finishes the drive for Kansas City with a touchdown.
On the next posession, Manning navigates the Chiefs defense and gets the Broncos in position for a score.
The Chiefs defense tightens up in the red zone and forces the Broncos to a field goal try. Dontari Poe is become a pain for Manning and the Denver offensive line.
The field goal try is good.
On the ensuing drive, the Chiefs Knile Davis is lost for the game due to injury.
At the end of one, the Chiefs lead the Broncos 7 to 3.
The Chiefs second quarter drive stalls and they are forced to punt.
Peyton Manning seems to be getting into a grove in the passing game, but Poe once again gets to him for a sack.
Denver is again unable to get the ball into the end zone and is forced to attempt another field goal.
Alex Smith answers Denvers passing attack with some long passes of his own. As the Chiefs move down the field, the offensive line breaks down and gives up a sack to Denver's Brandon Marshall.
The Chiefs settle for a field goal of their own.
At the half, the Chiefs still lead 10 to 6.
Denver's offense comes out flat in the second half and quickly punt the ball back to the Chiefs.
Alex Smith jumps on this opportunity to extend the lead and finds Jeremy Maclin wide open off a double move. Touchdown Chiefs.
Dontari Poe adds another sack to his outstanding day, but he Broncos passing game moves the team easily down the field into scoring position.
At the end of the third quarter, the Chiefs lead the Broncos 17 to 6.
The Broncos cut into that lead to start the 4th quarter as Juwan Thompson finds the endzone.
In a very quick answer, the Chiefs gain a big chunk of yds through the air with Maclin and Charles finishes the drive with the touchdown.
Poe once again adds to his impressive day. The Broncos are force to throw the ball constantly to try and make this a game.
Manning finds Latimer to bring the deficit to on touchdown.
The Chiefs essentially end the game with another passing touchdown to Albert Wilson.
Alex Smith outshined Peyton Manning in this one as the Chiefs go on to win 31 - 20.