The Chiefs could be the team standing between the Broncos and a playoff spot. I’m not joking with that statement. Yes, the 3-8 team from Kansas City could hold the Broncos back.
Here it is, December 2nd, and the two AFC West teams meet for the first time this season on Sunday. These two teams aren’t much different from eachother. Both are rebuilding, both hired new head coaches, and both put their faith in the hands of young, one-time backup QBs. The difference is the Broncos have veteran leadership on defense. Back to my former point, however. The Chiefs could put the hammer down on the Broncos season.
The Chiefs are a better team than their record suggests. They beat the Steelers and the Redskins, which is something the Broncos weren’t able to do. They went into overtime against the Cowboys, and their game against the Ravens was closer than the Broncos game was against those dirty birds.
The Chiefs and the Broncos square off for the last time this season in 2010, the last week of the regular season. Just like the Broncos, the Chargers’ next 3 0f 5 games should be sure fire wins. Therefore, the Broncos-Chiefs final match-up could be a do or die game for the Broncos. The Chiefs have nothing to lose during these final games. They’re not going to the playoffs this year, so some risky play calling is warranted just to expose young players to different situations. They’ve got some great talent on both sides of the ball. All it takes is for them to catch the Broncos on an off day, which isn’t too far and in between these days, and they can come away with a win or two.
I hate thinking this way, but I’m just being realistic. Josh McDaniels gave his team four days off after their Thanksgiving win. Last time the Broncos had that much time off was during their bye week, and we all know how they fared after that. Yes, the Broncos needed time to heal their wounds and rest their bodies before this final push in the regular season, but the extended time off scares me. It frightens me especially because the Broncos have a perceived “easy” game against the Chiefs. Nothing is easy at Arrowhead, and there haven’t been too many wins that have come easy for this year’s Broncos squad. With that said, Sunday’s game is a must win. I’m going to go ahead and chalk up a mark in the loss column for their game at Indy. Losing two in a row at this point in the season, after digging their way out of a four game skid, would kill the hopes of this team.
I don’t want to bring up last season, but I will. I know there are two different teams on the field this year for the Chiefs and Broncos, but last season, the Broncos won their first three games. Then, they went into Arrowhead and lost 33-19. Lately, the Chiefs have been the needle to the Broncos’ inflated balloon.
Like they say: Anything can happen on any given Sunday. This team is not to be taken lightly.