Is the Denver Broncos Defense Better Than the Kansas City Chiefs?

Straight JacketBefore you have me committed: hear me out.

When people start to break down or look forward to the NFL game of the year to date when the Denver Broncos host the Kansas City Chiefs, the conversation always starts with it’s a great offense versus a great defense. The Broncos are on pace to set every meaningful offensive record and the Chiefs are widely regarded as the best defense in football.

The argument for the Broncos offense is very strong however the same cannot be said for the case as it relates to the Chiefs defense. Put this in bold letters if you want:

Over the past three games; the Broncos defense is better and the numbers back it up.

Everyone raves about the pass rush of the Chiefs and it’s great but over the past three games, the Broncos have more sacks 9-6. Since Von Miller returned from his suspension, the Broncos are getting consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Miller has made an impact himself but it is effect on his teammates that has been the most impressive. Derek Wolfe has played his best football as a professional with two sacks and a fumble recovery in the past two games. Others including Robert Ayers, Shaun Phillips and Terrance Knighton have been on a terror since Miller returned.

In terms of yards, the Broncos have been better in that area recently as well. They have allowed 364 yards rushing as opposed to the 371 that the Chiefs have allowed. The Chiefs have surrendered 790 passing yards while the Broncos have only allowed 626 over that time period. In addition to the yards allowed, especially the passing yards, the competition has to be mentioned.

The Broncos have faced Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Phillip Rivers in their past three games. All three of those quarterbacks have appeared in at least one Pro Bowl within the past three years. A case can also be made that outside of Peyton Manning, Rivers and Luck have been the best quarterbacks in the AFC.

In the last three games for the Chiefs, they’ve faced Case Keenum, Jason Campbell and Jeff Tuel. Not exactly a who’s who of quarterbacks and the Chiefs were in real danger of losing all of those games with two of them at home. In fact if Tuel does not make a horrific mistake on the goal line two-weeks ago, the Buffalo Bills take a two score lead on the Chiefs. Instead Tuel threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown and the Chiefs took control of the game. The Chiefs do deserve a ton of credit for making the plays but making a play versus Jeff Tuel is a lot different than making a play versus Peyton Manning.

The Chiefs, again to their credit, have made a living off of turnovers but in the past three games; the Broncos have four interceptions to the Chiefs two. When you consider the opposing quarterbacks that each team has faced recently, that’s a remarkable number.

Now to be fair the Chiefs continue to give up fewer points than the Broncos and that’s really all that matters. However let’s remember this; the Broncos defense really only gave up seven points to a good Washington Redskins offense two weeks ago. 14 of the 21 points for the Skins came directly off of turnovers. In the win over the San Diego Chargers, the defense for the Broncos only gave up 13 points as another seven came on an 11 yard drive following a turnover.

There’s no doubt that the Chiefs have a great defense and they will be a test for Manning and the Broncos, but by the same token; Miller and the defense for the Broncos will prove very tough for the Chiefs.

Before Miller returned, we talked a lot about the impact he would have on the Broncos defense and we are starting to see that impact in full. Is the Broncos defense as good the Chiefs?

Maybe not but the gap is closer than you think.

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