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Chiefs putting priority on pressuring Manning

Tamba Hall AP

While the concern in Denver is about getting Peyton Manning time to rest his sore right ankle, the emphasis in Kansas City remains on keeping him one his toes.

The Chiefs know that the key to beating the Broncos Sunday night will be slowing Manning’s incredible roll, and that will require collapsing the pocket.

“Hitting Peyton, being able to put pressure on Peyton is all we look for,” outside linebacker Tamba Hali said, via Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star. “He’s a great quarterback, so we want to impact him when we hit him, . . . get him off-rhythm.”

While his protection has been suspect since left tackle Ryan Clady went down with a foot injury, Manning still has been sacked just 13 times. That has as much to do with his ability to get the ball out as anything else, and it will be tested Sunday night. The Chiefs lead the league with 36 sacks, with Justin Houston (11.0) and Hali (9.0) delivering. But they also know they have to be even quicker to the ball Sunday.

“It shows he has an internal clock in his head,” Hali said of Manning’s low sack total. “It’s frustrating. You work hard, you work hard, sometimes you win the first battle, and the second one, but there’s not much to do about it because the ball is out.

“We know he doesn’t hold the ball. If he buys time, it’s rare you don’t see the pass completed. For us to put pressure on the quarterback is huge.”

The Broncos have allowed six sacks in their last two games, and have let Manning take too many hard shots. They’ve proven susceptible to pressure, as the Colts sacked him four times in Denver’s only loss this year.

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22 Responses to “Chiefs putting priority on pressuring Manning”
  1. jjackwagon says: Nov 15, 2013 10:45 AM

    I think the Chiefs sack him 6 times. The Broncos are held to 24 points but still win.
    I haven’t seen anything out of the Chiefs Offense that makes me think they will score enough to win without the D or Special Teams scoring.

  2. 6ball says: Nov 15, 2013 10:46 AM

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    If you give Peyton Manning time to throw, you are most likely going to lose the game. The same applies to Tom Brady, Aaron Rogers and Drew Brees.

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  3. coachkilla6 says: Nov 15, 2013 10:53 AM

    Chiefs need to put a priority on putting points on the board. If not, they’l have to settle for a “Moral Victory” like theCowboys do.

  4. somethingsmellsrotten says: Nov 15, 2013 10:54 AM

    Please pound that MegaHeaded egomaniac into the ground…repeatedly.

  5. ukbronco says: Nov 15, 2013 11:01 AM

    At the start of this season, judging on kansas’ last season I thought we’d have 2 easy wins playing against them this year, but its all changed… Now this looks to be one of the most exciting games of the season so far!

  6. joetoronto says: Nov 15, 2013 11:02 AM

    Their defense better score points, because that flat pass offense is a joke.

  7. yelix says: Nov 15, 2013 11:12 AM

    @joetoronto

    It works better than the no-pass offense in Oakland.

  8. listenup823 says: Nov 15, 2013 11:21 AM

    This just in… Oakland is again irrelevant..

  9. kgun80 says: Nov 15, 2013 11:23 AM

    Anyone expecting the Chiefs to keep this close is delusional! The Chiefs may be the worst undefeated team I have ever seen. They beat back ups and losing teams… Eagles, Giants, Texans, Browns, Raiders, Titans, Bills, Raiders.
    The D looks great against those teams. But rest assured once the Broncos get up by 2 scores and they will by at least the second quarter. Alex Smith will have to try to win and as everyone knows Alex doesn’t win games he manages them.
    I’m not hating on KC I’d like to see them win but facts are facts the Broncos will score 40 plus and win by at least 10-17 points.

  10. joetoronto says: Nov 15, 2013 11:28 AM

    yelix says:
    Nov 15, 2013 11:12 AM
    @joetoronto

    It works better than the no-pass offense in Oakland.
    **********************************************
    This just in, two wrongs don’t equal one right.

    They both suck.

  11. rando74 says: Nov 15, 2013 11:30 AM

    If they’re gonna collapse the pocket they’re going name have to bring the LBs too. Which will leave Welker and J Thomas and Decker wide open in the middle. Fine by me cause by the time anybody gets there the ball will be outany way so bring on the 15 yd late hits.

  12. broncosnative says: Nov 15, 2013 12:54 PM

    Go ahead bring the pressure, all manning will do is the same he did to the chargers, throw the 2 yard dink and Thomas takes it to the house

  13. kcnative says: Nov 15, 2013 1:02 PM

    kgun80 – FYI The Donkeys have played a similarly easy schedule, and lost to the only “good” team they played.

    broncosnative – KC defense has allowed the least yardage vs. tight ends this year.

  14. kcnative says: Nov 15, 2013 1:04 PM

    Rando74, Brandon Flowers will be covering Welker, and Eric Berry on Thomas. See my comment above re: TEs.

    KC will play man on the WRs, as they have been doing all year. This allows them to pressure using Hali and Houston nearly every play. KC’s strengths play into exactly what Denver is going to try to do.

    It should be a good game.

  15. repmochief50 says: Nov 15, 2013 1:23 PM

    kgun80 says:
    Nov 15, 2013 11:23 AM
    Anyone expecting the Chiefs to keep this close is delusional! The Chiefs may be the worst undefeated team I have ever seen. They beat back ups and losing teams… Eagles, Giants, Texans, Browns, Raiders, Titans, Bills, Raiders.
    The D looks great against those teams. But rest assured once the Broncos get up by 2 scores and they will by at least the second quarter. Alex Smith will have to try to win and as everyone knows Alex doesn’t win games he manages them.
    I’m not hating on KC I’d like to see them win but facts are facts the Broncos will score 40 plus and win by at least 10-17 points.
    …………………………………………………………..
    I’m SO sick of this BS! You realize the ONLY team Denver has played with a WINNING record BEAT them right?????????

  16. blogatron2000 says: Nov 15, 2013 1:25 PM

    The key to the successful pressuring of Manning will be Flowers, Smith, Cooper and Berry disrupting the timing of the pass routes.

    If they can do that, it’s going to be a long day for Manning and the Chiefs could very well walk out of Denver with a W.

    Let’s do this KC!!!

  17. justamoguy says: Nov 15, 2013 1:32 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Nov 15, 2013 11:28 AM
    yelix says:
    Nov 15, 2013 11:12 AM
    @joetoronto

    It works better than the no-pass offense in Oakland.
    **********************************************
    This just in, two wrongs don’t equal one right.

    They both suck.

    ===================================
    Actually, your half wrong.

    3-6, sucks
    9-0, that is actually pretty good, best in the NFL good.

    LOL, must suck being a fan of a team that has not finish better than second to last in 11 years. The other three teams fall and rise, there the Raiders are still at the bottom year after year. Hell the other three teams have all won the Division MULTIPLE times since the Raiders last finished above .500

    LOL, 11 years without a winning season. I can see why you would be bitter that the team that finished below you last season is now UNDEFEATED, while the FAIDERS still suck…..for the 11th year in a row.

  18. sullijo1 says: Nov 15, 2013 1:43 PM

    The Chiefs had 0 sacks against Buffalo last game. 10 of their sacks came when T. Pryor was scrambling in the Oakland game.

    Misleading stat.

  19. broncosnative says: Nov 15, 2013 2:13 PM

    @kc native, not talking about JT, I’m talking about D. Thomas. KC may have played the same opponents as denver but they looked average vs those teams. The defense stats are misleading being that 10 of their 39 sacks came against the raiders, take those away and their right there with everybody else. Some of the TOs were gimmes and the chiefs are second in punting, nobody’s mentioning that. Punt a lot vs denver and you’re asking for a blowout, that defense will get tired not getting rest and that’s when manning’s offense will pick them apart. You chiefs fans are so delusional, you think the defense is gonna sack manning every pass play or intercept the ball every attempt. Rankings and records means nothing when it’s two divisional foes going at it

  20. realfootballfan says: Nov 15, 2013 4:57 PM

    If the Broncos were smart, they’d get Manning rest for his ankle now. Are you telling me that you’d be afraid to play KC (or any of the other top AFC teams for that matter) who hasn’t won a playoff game over multiple regimes at home or on the road in Arrowhead with Peyton Manning at 100%? If anything, it would take the pressure off him, and the only time he won the
    Super Bowl seemed to be when it was completely off him and the Colts were an afterthought that year. Just a suggestion.

  21. raiderapologist says: Nov 15, 2013 9:06 PM

    justamoguy says: Nov 15, 2013 1:32 PM

    LOL, 11 years without a winning season. I can see why you would be bitter that the team that finished below you last season is now UNDEFEATED, while the FAIDERS still suck…..for the 11th year in a row.
    ——————–
    Winning seasons are the moral victory for teams that can’t do anything else. The Chiefs have finished dead last in the AFC West four of the past five seasons, and when they do make the playoffs, they get waxed. Raider fans aren’t bitter. We’re just disappointed that your team can’t do anything with their opportunities.

  22. kcnative says: Nov 15, 2013 9:36 PM

    Who said anything about intercepting and sacking every play?

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