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Peyton Manning's passing Broncos will face Chiefs rushing attack in Arrowhead

Marshall Faulk asks - which would you have, an elite passing attack, or a great ground game?

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Marshall, the Denver Broncos have had the No. 1 passing attack in the league ever since Peyton Manning came to town. Statistically, everyone will tell you that's what it takes to succeed in today's NFL. Indeed, the Broncos have been very good with Manning, winning the AFC West and the top seed in the Conference in both of Manning's first two years in Denver.

But if one thing has become clear in 2014 - ever since the Broncos' lopsided Super Bowl loss, really - it's that NFL teams can't live on the pass alone. Teams need to find balance.

The same remains true for teams with an elite ground game. You can't have a great rushing attack in the absence of an at-least-decent passing attacking, particularly a quarterback who can effectively execute the play-action pass.

The Broncos and Chiefs represent the perfect point/counterpoint to the rushing vs. passing offense. Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis are leading Kansas City to the NFL's fourth-ranked rushing offense, but Alex Smith is executing the league's 31st-ranked offense in terms of passing yardage. Meanwhile, Manning's Broncos are No. 2 in the league in passing, while their committee of running backs ranking 20th in rushing.

Neither team has great balance in 2014. Both are doing just enough in the other element of their offense to win a lot of games, with questions heading into the playoffs.

If I had to choose one setup, I'd choose the one the Broncos have - an elite passing game. But as the Chiefs have showed us with many close games against Manning's Broncos through the years, without balance, the answer isn't as clear cut as you might think.

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