I haven't been able to read each of the 1000 or so comments that have been made about this game. But I haven't seen anyone bring up how salty the Broncos' run defense has been. We're second in the league based on yards surrendered per attempt. Our 3.4 yards given up per attempt is second only to the Jets' 3.1.
And - as is the case with so many statistics - the numbers only provide a shade of insight into the true story. Aside from looking up that yards per attempt number, the only other research I've done is watching every Broncos' play from this season. And - anecdotally - the Broncos' seem very difficult to run on. This seems especially so when opponents try to run outside. We're simply too fast.
I've seen the Chiefs play a few times this season. Those observations have led me to believe their running game sets up their passing game. I'm not under the delusion that we'll shut Jamaal Charles down. But I don't think he'll run wild against us. The reason? The Chiefs passing game doesn't scare me a wit. I'd wager Dwayne Bowe might be the worst #1 receiver in the league. I wrote that without giving it much thought, so I welcome suggestions to the contrary. But I think we can all agree that Dwayne Bowe is no Demaryius Thomas. And he's no Wes Welker. And he's not even Eric Decker.
As for Donnie Avery...well, he's the quintessential stop gap.
And then there's Alex Smith. I saw a comment from a Chiefs' fan who said Smith "is what he is." Yep. In my limited observations of the Chiefs, I've been consistently impressed by Smith's ability to checkdown. He probably checks down better than any QB since Brian Griese.
I think the Chiefs' fans will be surprised at how difficult it will be to run against our defense. And - in the absence of any deep passing game - I look for the checkdown game to mitigated early on. Sure, Smith might find his checkdowns readily available when he's down by three touchdowns. Unfortunately, by then, those are the routes we'll force his way. And he'll routinely get 6 yards when he needs 8.