These AFC West rivals share the frustration of coming off disappointing playoff losses to the Indianapolis Colts in 2003. They also share the enthusiasm that the 2004 season could be the time to take the next step.
The good news, however, is that the Broncos should be much stronger defensively with the additions of CB Champ Bailey and SS John Lynch. We'll find out just how good right away when the unit gets one of the toughest tests in the NFL against a Chiefs offense that will remain the same -- versatile and explosive.
The Chiefs' offense has few questions, but the defense has enough of its own to go around. The most important is whether a new aggressive scheme under defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham will be enough to improve a unit that finished 29th in the NFL in total defense last season and made almost no changes in terms of overall personnel We think the answer is yes, and we'll tell you why.