COMMENTARY | As Week 5 of the NFL season wraps up tonight with the Monday Night Football matchup between the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons, there are three teams remaining that have zero blemishes on their record -- and two reside in the AFC West.
The New Orleans Saints are the third unbeaten team.
Peyton Manning and Co. are on an NFL-record pace on the offensive side of the ball, while the Chiefs are winning again with a stout defense -- a defense reminiscent of the brand of football Kansas City fans were familiar with in the 1990s.
These two teams will meet for the first time this season in Week 11 at Denver.
While looking that far ahead on the NFL schedule is reckless because of the parity this league exhibits, it is hard not to imagine the possibility of a potential battle of the unbeatens with this matchup.
With home tilts against the Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns, followed by a road contest with the Buffalo Bills prior to the Denver game, Kansas City should be favored in each of these matchups -- assuming the wheels do not completely fall off in the coming weeks.
And as long as Manning is healthy, the Broncos should be considered the best team in the league. Matchups with the Jacksonville Jaguars (home), Indianapolis Colts (road), Washington Redskins (home) and San Diego Chargers (road) will do nothing to amend that label in advance of the budding season-defining battle with the Chiefs on November 17.
The Chiefs and Broncos will meet again just two weeks later at Arrowhead Stadium, with Kansas City hosting the Chargers and Denver traveling to face the New England Patriots in the interim.
The NFL begins flexing more attractive matchups into the Sunday Night Football slot starting in Week 11. Assuming all goes as planned, the first game between Denver and Kansas City is a leading candidate to be swapped into primetime.
The question will be whether the Chiefs defense -- which is tops in the league in points per game allowed (11.6) and sacks (21) -- can do enough to stop a Broncos offense that is averaging a league-leading 489.8 yards and 46 point points per game. Denver has only allowed five sacks, which is also the lowest total in the NFL.
Though the numbers will fluctuate before these two teams meet next month, the strengths exhibited thus far will produce one of the more fascinating matchups of the entire season. And if the Chiefs and Broncos are both 9-0 at that point, this game could go down as one for the ages.
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