Reid and Chiefs preparing for anything**
Heading into their Week 10 matchup against Kansas City, the Broncos face a few changes in their lineup.
Cornerback Aqib Talib's one-game suspension was upheld and will be in effect when the Chiefs roll into Denver. It's expected that the Broncos will start second-year cornerback Bradley Roby in his place.
Adding layers of mystery to the defense are potential absence of outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware -- who did not practice Wednesday — and the possible return of fellow outside linebacker Shane Ray. Ray on Wednesday took his first practice repetitions since spraining his MCL Oct. 18.
The Broncos returned to a snowy UCHealth Training Center Wednesday morning and opened Chiefs prep inside the Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse.
"They still have a pretty good defense. I don't know who's going to be there and who's not," said Kansas City head coach Andy Reid. "I know that [Talib] is down, but they have a lot of good players there. That's how this league is. We don't get caught up in all that. We have to get ourselves ready to play a good football team."
But the uncertainty isn't just in the defense. Last week, the Broncos added Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis as another offensive threat for quarterback Peyton Manning through a trade with San Francisco.
Davis made his debut with the Broncos in Week 9 against Indianapolis, but saw just nine snaps and was targeted once.
"We played him last year and I've played against him over the years," Reid said. "He's a good football player. We kind of know what he is and how he plays. You respect his speed, his size, his strength and all of that."
Houston looking forward to taking on Manning
With 54.0 sacks in his five-year career, Kansas City outside linebacker Justin Houston knows a thing or two about getting after quarterbacks.
Houston is also well-versed in Manning's tendencies as well, after playing against him the last three-plus seasons since Manning jumped to the Broncos and the AFC West.
This season, Manning has thrown a league-leading 13 interceptions, but the Broncos remain 7-1 at the halfway point.
"He's going to be good no matter what," Houston said. "They're winning, so it doesn't matter. It looks like the interceptions haven't interfered with their game."
The Broncos and Chiefs met in Week 2 with the Broncos coming out on top in the final seconds of the game on a fumble return for a touchdown. Denver also was able to orchasetrate a key drive in the fourth quarter and Manning finished with three touchdown passes.
But with a game so early in the season, the Kansas City defense has made adjustments since then and will look to improve on its past performance.
"I think that it worked both halves," Houston said of the Chiefs' defense in Week 2. "It's just that their receivers outplayed our corners in the second half and it caused some problems."
One highlight for the Chiefs was Houston's two sacks of Manning, and when a Denver media member asked if he likes going after a quarterback might not be as mobile as he used to be, Houston said: "I wish that all quarterbacks would be that way."
A look at the last time the Broncos played the Chiefs, during Week 2 of the 2015 season at Arrowhead Stadium.