KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There’s no shame in losing to Peyton Manning. He’s won almost 70 percent of his regular-season games since arriving in the NFL, so he’s hurt a lot of opponents for a lot of years.
But the Kansas City Chiefs' history against Manning is particularly sad. Manning is 11-1 against Kansas City all-time, counting a pair of playoffs games, including one in which the Chiefs never forced Manning’s Indianapolis Colts to punt.
Manning has undefeated records against the Cincinnati Bengals (8-0) and Cleveland Browns (6-0). Otherwise, his winning percentage is better against the Chiefs than any team he’s started against more than three times.
Funny thing is, the Chiefs have actually defended him well a couple times. He was something less than average against the Chiefs in regular season games in 2007 and 2010, but the Colts still managed to win those games.
Statistically, his best game against the Chiefs was the one in which he lost. He threw for 472 yards and five touchdowns in a 45-35 Chiefs victory in 2004.
The Chiefs have had no luck against Manning in the four games since he joined the Denver Broncos. The closest margin in those games was 17-9 in 2012 at Arrowhead Stadium, and Manning still managed to throw a pair of touchdown passes.
The Chiefs had him down 21-7 at Arrowhead last season before Manning and the Broncos got hot. The Chiefs couldn’t keep up.
There’s no reason to believe things will be different in the rivalry when the Chiefs and Broncos meet on Sunday in Denver. To beat Manning, the Chiefs will either have to slow him down or outscore him.
Judging from last week’s game against Tennessee, the Chiefs don’t look capable of doing either.