Week 16 - Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The 8-6 Denver Broncos travel to Kansas City to take on the 10-4 Chiefs in this week’s Sunday night matchup with both teams coming off disappointing losses. Kansa City snapped a 3 game win streak with 19-17 home loss to the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee kicked a game winning 53-yard field goal as time expired giving them a 2 point win. The Broncos offense struggled again as Denver was beaten 16-3 by the New England Patriots. This was the Broncos second loss in a row and they failed to score more than 10 points in either game. Alex Smith struggled as he finished with a quarterback rating of just 38.9. He completed 15 of 28 passes for 163 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. His favorite target was Jeremy Maclin who had 6 catches for 82 yards. Travis Kelce was second on the team 3 catches for 41 yards. They had success running the ball gaining 158 yards on 28 carries, which is an average of 5.6 yards per rush. Over their last 5 games, the Chiefs Offense has averaged 23 points per game. Defensively, they were able to force 3 turnovers and sacked Marcus Mariota once. They struggled against the run as the Titans gained 148 yards on 29 carries, which is an average of over 5 yards per rush. Over their last 5 games they have allowed their opponents to average 20 points per game. Trevor Siemian also struggled last week finishing with a quarterback rating of just 16.7. He completed 25 of 40 passes for 282 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. His favorite target was Demariyus Thomas who had 7 catches for 91 yards. Emmanuel Sanders was second on the team with 3 catches for 48 yards. As a team they had only 58 rushing yards on 17 carries. Justin Forsett led the team with 37 yards on 10 carries. The Broncos have averaged 17 points per game over their last 5 games. Defensively, they played well as Tom Brady completed only 16 of his 32 pass attempts and didn’t throw a touchdown. They also sacked him twice for a loss of 11 yards. They did a decent job against the run as New England gained 136 yards on 39 carries, which is an average of 3.5 yards per carry. Over their last 5 games the Broncos defense has allowed their opponents to score 18 points per game. Kansas City has gone 7-7 against the spread this season including 2-5 at home. The Broncos have gone 6-7-1 against the spread this season including 3-4 on the road. The Chiefs will have home field advantage in this matchup and are 4-point favorites. These 2 teams last met on November 27th with Kansas City winning in overtime by the score of 30-27. Denver has gone 1-2 since that game while the Chiefs have gone 2-1 in the same stretch. Currently, the Chiefs are 2 games ahead of the Broncos in the AFC West.
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