Members of the Kansas City Chiefs sit on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 38-3. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Inside The Villain's Venue: Kansas City Chiefs Spy On Denver Broncos

We’ve had some spies infiltrate PO this week.

The folks over at Fansided’s Kansas City Chiefs’ site, Arrowhead Addict, have been touring the rest of the AFC West in disguise to see what’s going on.

Arrowhead Addict believes that collectively, as fans, we may be over confident. They also say that the Broncos’ real area of concern when the Chiefs play them should be the secondary.

The secondary is our first target: Of the Broncos’ few holes, perhaps the biggest was their defensive secondary…

Barring injuries, the Broncos are going to be a great team once again. But the weak link in the chain remains their secondary. Rodgers-Cromartie was part of the trade that gave the Philadelphia Eagles the “Dream Team” misnomer two years ago. He has struggled with inconsistency. When the Chiefs play the Broncos, Champ Bailey will be on Dwayne Bowe. Can Rodgers-Cromartie keep up with either Donnie Avery or Jon Baldwin?

If the Chiefs are to beat the Broncos, this matchup may be the decisive factor in winning one against Denver this year. Addicts, what do you think?! Can the Chiefs split the series with the Broncos this year?! – Arrowhead Addict

Let’s dissect this little argument right now.

The first point about Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s consistency is unfair. Of course entering a new system, any player will struggle. In DRC’s first year with the Philadelphia Eagles, he had 28 tackles and no interceptions, but he was part of a 10th ranked defense in points allowed, not to mention a 10th ranked pass defense. I would take that over what he did in 2012 when he had 51 tackles and three picks, but played for a team that gave up 27.8 points per game, which was 30th in the league.

Defense is a team effort and when the unit doesn’t function well as a whole, players are exposed or don’t perform up to what they’re capable of. In DRC’s three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, he had at least 42 tackles and three interceptions in each season. With pressure coming up front from Von Miller, Shaun Phillips, and Derek Wolfe, expect DRC to excel in his new role opposite Bailey.

Can DRC keep up with Donnie Avery or Jon Baldwin? Is this the same Avery that had 60 catches for 781 yards and three touchdowns last year? Is this the same Baldwin that had 20 catches for 325 yards and a touchdown in 2012? Please.

If Chiefs fans believe that they can outscore a Peyton Manning-led offense that now houses Wes Welker by attacking the secondary, then they really must be living somewhere over Dwayne Bowe.

Case closed.

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  • Dustin Massie

    And this whole article is why people might think you guys are a little overconfident. Three words, one and done…that’s not bragging rights and that is not the sign of a great team.

  • shady

    Those were just the facts dustin. I would hardly say the confidence that stems from them is in excess. One in done witha qb comming off of neck surgery In completely new surroundings and teammates. Now they’ve had a year to gel. People forget how much uncertainty clung to this team till weeks 5-6. Last year was a bonus now its go time. The super bowl ain’t easy to win but we’re all aiming to win it with this team. The AFC west is a done deal thanks for playing. Not the Faiders the Super Chokers orthe Chefs can hope to stop it

    • superman_25_58

      You will never make it to the SB bc when it gets cold your Superstar QB can’t seem to function very well and tends to throw interceptions in critical moments.

    • Pridenpoise

      The maybe the Faiders this year but enjoy it while you can , because the donkeys will be without a QB in another two years, right around the time the Raiders are returning to respectability, and Denver has already shown everyone how they perform in the playoffs,their performance last year was laughable, talk about choke. Lmao

      • jp72

        Raiders and respectability in the same sentence….. Please LMAO. And what was your teams record last season ,did your team even make the playoffs?????

        • Pridenpoise

          Don’t pat yourself on the back for making the playoffs idiot, if they were half decent, they would not have choked away a sure win and went home with their tail between their legs, the only thing I know for sure is Manning gets to the playoffs but can’t seem to win the big one, albeit one time with the Colts, so don’t hold your breath. Let me know when Denver does anything meaningful other than choke.

    • ArrowFan

      Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t it your secondary that cost you the play off game? Looks like and Achilles hell to me.

    • P Heitman

      (Yawn) Shady, the Football Gods are always watching, and they always make you pay for over-confidence. Always. Just sayin.

  • chiefridgy

    God I hate the jackasses!

    • walt turner

      almost as much as we hate the chefs

      • chiefridgy

        Almost…..but not quite as much.

  • superman_25_58

    The real question is who is going to take over Dumervilles spot? He was a major factor on that line that you had to game plan around and now he is a Raven. Excluding Von Miller, I don’t see any of those players mentioned above doing half of what Dumerville is capable of doing which will lead to teams being able to double team Von and take their chances 1on1 with the rest IMO. I believe teams can hurt Denver the most on the ground opposite side Von since there will be no Dumerville any longer. So as long as the Chiefs defense (who should be much more improved from last year) can get a few stops and the offense doesn’t turn the ball over and capitalizes on offense their is no reason why the Chiefs couldn’t split the series IMO.

  • Patrick Allen

    Nothing like a little trash talk to get us through the offseason. To be fair, he was pretty complimentary of your team.

    I actually think the way the Chiefs will attack will be more over the middle with TEs and short passes. Smith is no down-field QB so I don’t see him taking a ton of shots.

    The thing that is so frustrating about Peyton is that I feel like he could play into his 40s if he wanted too. The guy gets so much done with his brain that his arm could slip a little and he would still be better than 90% of the QBs in the NFL. He is also so smart that he gets the damn ball out so he doesn’t take as much punishment as he could. I think if he gets a SB with Denver in the next couple of years he might hang them up but if he doesn’t, I could see him hanging around a while.

  • [email protected]

    You tore your ass on that one Scott, ” Hurt the Broncos on the ground, the opposite side of Von Miller” Dumerville SUCKED! at stopping the run. R. Ayers(Doom’s replacement) strength is stuffing the run! :)

  • jp72

    you are the idiot, why don’t you try following a real team. How about you let me know when your beloved Raiders do something meaningful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bronncohowie

    As usual, chiefs fans are delusional ! To attack a secondary YOU HAVE TO HAVE A QUARTERBACK AND RECEIVERS !! Let’s see, the chiefs new qb LOST HIS JOB TO A ROOKIE LAST SEASON !! As for receivers, you have to have MORE THAN ONE ! Chiefs will be lucky to win 4 games this season and two of them will be against the Chokeland Faiders !

    • Jason Seibel

      Ummm…Alex Smith didn’t lose his job. He was injured with a concussion and then the coach decided to stay with the QB with the hot hand. When Smith went out, he had the highest completion percentage in the league. And oh, Kaepernick wasn’t a rookie last season. He was drafted in 2011. Last year was his second year. Do you even watch football?

      • steve james

        Thank you for pointing that out so I don’t have to. I think the orange dye has gotten into your blood stream a little too much sir, if you think Alex Smith is not a competent NFL starter who will compete every week.

      • P Heitman

        Haha yeah. Watching football would help.

    • ArrowFan

      Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t Manning loose his job to a rookie that had not even practiced?

      • Jason Seibel

        That’s awesome!!! I didn’t even think of it like that!!!

    • P Heitman

      Kaepernick wasn’t a rookie.

    • P Heitman

      Ten bucks this guy was a Patriots fan a few years ago.

  • Jason Seibel

    As a Chiefs fan and a writer for Arrowhead Addict, I will support the Chiefs against the Broncos until my dying breath and continue to lament how the Chiefs have the better team, blah, blah, blah.

    As a FOOTBALL fan, I will say that I truly believe the Broncos are the team to beat in the AFC this year. I think they were good last year (minus the whole choking in the playoffs) and (minus the whole Dumerville fax faux pas) they only got better this offseason.

    I also think a little (or a lot where these two teams are concerned) trash talking in the offseason is great for morale. Remember, it’s still 98 days until kickoff and a lot can happen between now and then. I congratulate Miles for a great series of articles on the Chiefs’ inter-division rivals and challenge the Donkey, Faider and Dolt writers to do the same.

    Until next time, Go Chiefs!!!

  • ArrowFan

    There is a matter of Jamal Charles to deal with, you know now that we actually have a QB and a Offensive coach. Most in Chiefs nation are not so delusional to think that we are just going to walk all over you guys. However it may be folly to think that you will be just walking all over us.

    • P Heitman

      Pride cometh before a fall.

  • chiefdeorty

    DONKEYS, last year the Chiefs played with you for a half with no QB. This year we have one and while Alex does not get any respect, that is exactly why you should be aware of him now. You have a good team but your days are numbered. This will be a fight, last year we had a offensive cord. who called plays not to loose and it cost him his job. This year we will see how well you do, I don’t think it will be the cake walk you are expecting. I don’t know but one day Manning will slip and this could be the year our defense helps him a long. So it will be a very interesting season. WATCH OUT DONKEYS!

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