The 7-3 Kansas City Chiefs travel to Denver to take on the 7-3 Broncos in this week’s Sunday night matchup. This game is very important as they are both tied for 2nd place in the AFC West. The Broncos had a bye last week after a dramatic 25-23 win in week 10 over the New Orleans Saints. Denver blocked a Saints extra point and returned it 84 yards for the 2 point score with just over a minute left in the 4th quarter. Kansas city lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-17 at home. For the Chiefs, it was only their third regular season loss in their last 20 games.
Kansas City committed 2 turnovers and allowed over 440 yards offense last week. Alex Smith threw for 261 yards and 1 touchdown and completed and 24 of his 31 pass attempts. He wasn’t sacked and had a rushing touchdown in the second quarter. His favorite target was Travis Kelce who caught 7 passes for 108 yards. As a team they rushed for 82 yards with Spencer Ware leading the way with 69 yards on 17 carries. Defensively, they allowed 6 different Buccaneer receivers to have receptions that went for at least 10 yards. They Sacked Jameis Winston once for a loss of 5 yards and forced him into a fumble they recovered. This was the fourth game in a row the Chiefs have given up 17 points or less.
Denver’s defense was key against the Saints as they forced 4 turnovers and had 8 tackles for losses. Safety Darien Stewart had both of the team’s interceptions and they recovered 2 fumbles. They have given up an average of 17 points per game over their last 5 games. Offensively, they did not have a play that gained more than 18 yards. Trevor Siemian had a mixed day completing 25 of 40 passes for 258 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He was also sacked 6 times for a loss of 24 yards. His favorite target was Demaryius Thomas who had 8 catches for 87 yards. They struggled running the ball gaining 103 yards on 37 carries, which is less than 3 yards per rush.
The Broncos have gone 5-4-1 against the spread this season including 3-3-1 at home. Kansas City is 5-4 against the spread this season including 2-2 as the underdog. While Denver will enjoy home field advantage for this game, these two teams will meet again in week 16 at Arrowhead stadium. Denver could be getting back Defensive End Derek Wolfe and cornerback Aqib Talib who returned to practice after missing the Saints game with injuries. The Chiefs have several players whose status is still uncertain including running back Chandrick West, defensive tackle Dontari Pope and linebacker Dee Ford. The stadium will be rocking as the game was pushed back into primetime after an original afternoon start due to the importance of this division rivalry with playoff implications.
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