KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs will bring the NFL's No. 1 scoring defense into Sunday night's game at the Denver Broncos, the league's highest-scoring team. Something has to give and in these matchups lately, it's always been the defense.
In the last four of these matchups, the high-scoring offense has put up at least 30 points and, more importantly, won three of the four games.
In 2006, the San Diego Chargers and their No. 1 offense beat the Broncos and their No. 1 defense 35-27. The next season, New England scored 34 points on Pittsburgh's No. 1 scoring defense in a lopsided victory.
In 2010, the Patriots scored 31, beating the Packers. Last season, the No. 1 defense of the San Francisco 49ers allowed the Patriots to score 34 points. But the 49ers scored enough themselves to win the shootout 41-34.
None of this necessarily means much for the Chiefs and Broncos this season. The Chiefs lead the league in sacks, so they may be able to get Denver quarterback Peyton Manning out of his comfort zone. On the back end, the Chiefs have big and physical cornerbacks in Sean Smith and Marcus Cooper who can muscle with Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, Denver's big wide receivers. They also have Brandon Flowers to cover Denver's prolific pass catching slot receiver, Wes Welker.
Still, it's a cautionary tale for the Chiefs. They'll probably need to score some points to beat the Broncos on Sunday night, and that's not something they've been able to do with much consistency this season.