Broncos Game Preview: Week 2 vs. Chiefs

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Nov 30, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs center Rodney Hudson (61) prepares to snap the football in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos have a quick week to contend with as they travel to Arrowhead Stadium to play their divisional rivals, the Kansas City Chiefs. It will be a huge test for both teams as they look to get an early lead on their division.

The Broncos are coming off of a physical and hard grueling 19-13 victory over the Baltimore Ravens while the Kansas City Chiefs are coming off a 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans.

Both the Broncos and Chiefs have a long lasting rivalry with each other. When it comes to traveling to Arrowhead Stadium, the Broncos seem to struggle historically at that venue. In fact, the Broncos lost the first fourteen games in which they traveled to play the Chiefs.

However, they have seemed to find some success as of late as the Broncos have won in Kansas City the past four seasons. And Peyton Manning’s history against the Chiefs is quite solid as he has only lost against them once in his career and has never lost to them since joining the Broncos.

This will be an interesting matchup, especially since both these teams are on a short week. But let us take a look at the game at hand. We will start with some news from the Predominantly Orange staff.

Broncos Struggles are no reason to jump ship

In this article written by our own Adam Malnati, he points about how the Week 1 struggles are no reason for us to be jumping ship so early on in the season. And I have to agree with Adam here. If we plan to go 2-0, there has to be some kind of improvement. But that is no reason to be hitting that panic button.

Broncos ranked No. 4 by ESPN, Peter King ranks them No. 1

In the first power rankings after the first week of the regular season has the Broncos in the top five in the latest rankings. However, a well known writer from Sports Illustrated known as Peter King points out how the Broncos defense is something that the Broncos fans should really look forward to.

With him putting the Broncos at No. 1 in his rankings surprised quite a few fans, but also got them pumped up for the defense and that someone out there believes the team can go far in 2015.

Broncos putting young players in clutch situations

In this article written by Sayre Bedinger, he points out that Wade Phillips and Gary Kubiak are putting a lot of faith in their young players to make big plays. This was shown when edge rushers Shane Ray and Shaquil Barrett were on the field during the Ravens’ final drive which ended with an INT by Darian Stewart.

This is further proof that the Broncos have a lot of faith in the depth of their defense in order to pull off something this bold for the team in this critical of a situation. Perhaps we will see more of it during the season, but that is something that we will have to keep an eye on.

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