The 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs will travel to Denver to take on the 2-1 Broncos in this week 4 Monday night contest. Both teams started the season 2-0 but are coming off very different weeks. The Chiefs remained unbeaten with a 38-27 victory at home over the San Francisco 49ers. Their offense has been great as they average a league leading 39.3 points per game. Denver suffered their first loss as they were beaten 27-14 on the road by the Baltimore Ravens. Penalties played a big role in this game for Denver as they were flagged 13 times for 120 yards. This is an important early season matchup as the Chiefs sit atop the AFC West with the Broncos just 1 game behind.
Pat Mahomes continued his record setting season with another big performance against the 49ers. He finished with a passer rating of 115 as he completed 24 of 38 passes for 314 yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He is the first quarterback in the league to throw 13 touchdown passes in the teams first 3 games. His favorite target was Travis Kelce who had 8 receptions for 114 yards. If there was a negative for the offense, it was they struggled running the ball. They gained just 77 yards on 28 carries, which is an average of just 2.8 yards per rush. Defensively, they did not force any turnovers but sacked Jimmy Garoppolo 4 times and had 7 tackles for losses. They struggled defending the run as the 49ers gained 178 yards on 29 carries, which is an average of over 6 yards per carry.
Case Keenum struggled against the Ravens finishing with a quarterback rating of just 29.3. He completed 22 of 34 passes for 192 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. His favorite target was Demariyus Thomas who caught 5 passes for 63 yards. Royce Freeman led the run game with 53 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Defensively, they were very thin at cornerback. Adam Jones missed the game with a thigh injury and Tramaine Brock left in the first quarter with a groin injury giving rookie Isaac Yiadom significant playing time. Both are questionable for this week’s game. They did not force a turnover and sacked Joe Flacco twice. Baltimore was able to convert on half of its third down opportunities on their way to 20 first downs.
The Broncos will have home field advantage in this game and are considered 4.5-point underdogs. They have gone 2-1 against the spread so far including 2-0 at home. Whether or not Jones and Brock are available is significant for Denver as they are facing the top ranked offense in the league. The Chiefs have covered the spread in all 3 of their wins despite giving up an average of over 30 points per game. The fans at Mile High Stadium will surely be rocking, as a victory would put the Broncos in a tie for first place with the Chiefs.