We are six games into the 2013 NFL season and there remain only two teams with a zero in the loss column.
Incredibly, both teams are in the same division.
Now for the first time in the Super Bowl era, two clubs in the same division have started 6-0 in the same season.
So the question begs to be asked.
Which team is better; the Broncos or the Chiefs?
To say that each club is doing it in a different way is an understatement.
Denver has scored 265 points, at least 35 in each game this season, and is averaging 476.0 yards per game. Quarterback Peyton Manning has been astounding, throwing 22 touchdown passes and only two interceptions along the way. John Fox's team has produced 34 touchdowns in six outings, 31 by the offensive unit. The Broncos' top four pass-catchers have all totaled at least 30 receptions in 2013.
Meanwhile, Kansas City has scored just 152 points this season, which is still a vast improvement for a team that managed only 211 points in 16 games a year ago. Quarterback Alex Smith has thrown seven touchdown passes (the same amount that Manning threw in Week 1 vs. the Baltimore Ravens). The offensive star for the Chiefs has been running back Jamaal Charles, who leads the club in rushing and receptions and has totaled 775 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns this season.
But the other side of the ball is just as contrasting. Denver has given up 158 points while Kansas City has allowed only 65 points in the same amount of games. On Sunday, the Broncos held Jacksonville to 19 points, a season best for them. On the other hand, the Chiefs have limited each of their opponents to 17 points or less. In fact, the Kansas City defense and special teams have almost as many touchdowns (5) as the defense has allowed (7).
So it is indeed a different approach for each team. But the bottom line here is that both clubs have yet to be beaten.
The beauty of this situation is that the Broncos and Chiefs play each other two times in a three-week span later this year. The teams meet in Week 11 at Denver and then Week 13 at Arrowhead Stadium. In between those meetings the Broncos face the New England Patriots and the Chiefs host the San Diego Chargers.
But why wait? These clubs have equal records, but are they truly equal? Who do you think is the better team now and who will wind up being the better of these two in the long run?
It is going to be fun finding out.
Russell S. Baxter has been covering the NFL for 30-plus years on all platforms. He is the founder of ProFootballGuru.com, writes for numerous websites and publications across the country and is blessed with an encyclopedic memory. Ready to talk NFL? Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.
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