This stat gives Chiefs hope vs. Broncos

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The first of two annual games between the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos won’t happen until the middle of November, when the teams get together in Denver. But with both teams 3-0, the Broncos leading the league in scoring and the Chiefs tied for second in scoring defense, it doesn’t hurt to look ahead to that Nov. 17 matchup.

Peyton Manning is on fire, with 12 touchdown passes in the three games. If he doesn’t cool off over the next couple of months, it might not matter how the Chiefs defend the Broncos that day. But here’s a statistic that should provide some comfort to the Chiefs.

All of Manning’s TD passes this season have come on plays when the Broncos are using at least three wide receivers. That plays to the strength of the Chiefs. The Total Quarterback Rating for the passer when the opponent uses at least three wide receivers is 14.6. That’s second-best in the league behind only Seattle.

So the Chiefs are excelling when opponents attempt to spread the field. Of course, it’s one thing to stop Jacksonville, Dallas and Philadelphia when those teams spread the field and another when the Broncos do it with Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker.

The Chiefs still have reason to believe Manning doesn’t have four touchdown passes to start the game.