Nov 10, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) gives a thumbs up to fans as he leaves the field after the Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday’s Game is a Huge Turning Point for the Denver Broncos


With Peyton Manning slightly hobbled by an ankle injury, it’s fair to say that Broncos fans are eager to see what Sunday night will bring as the Broncos play host to the Kansas City Chiefs, the league’s last remaining undefeated team and right now, the Broncos’ most hated division rival.

The intensity of the game will be significantly ramped up because both teams are very good, the entire nation (or world) will be watching, and because of the implications this game has on the AFC West divisional race, which is looking like it could come down to a photo finish.

Despite the big picture fact that neither team will likely miss the playoffs, the enormity of this game cannot be ignored for either side. For the Chiefs, it’s not as big of a deal because, well, they have yet to lose a game and still have a home game against the Broncos on the first of December. For the Broncos, this game couldn’t be bigger.

Facing two tough road tests after this game by going to New England and then going to Kansas City for major in-conference games, the Broncos must win on Sunday at home against Kansas City if they want home field advantage in the playoffs.

Last year, home field didn’t seem to make much of a difference for the Broncos, but aside from Indianapolis, it looks like it’s going to be cold for the Broncos throughout the postseason, no matter where the games are being played.

I’m going to put this next sentence in bold to showcase my over-excitement here. This is the biggest game of the year for the Denver Broncos.

Yep. I’m not one to over-react to one game throughout the course of the season, but this home game against the Chiefs is a must-win game for Denver to get Kansas City at least a reality check and put some pressure on them to win in the second half of the season, so Denver can take back the AFC West divisional lead.

I realize it’s just one regular season game, but there’s so much more at stake here. If Kansas City wins this game, they essentially take a 2.5 game lead over the Broncos with Denver having road games against New England and KC coming up.

Does that sound like an ideal scenario to you? Me either.

The Broncos have to beat the Chiefs, and I believe that they will. Not because I underestimate the Chiefs, discredit their hot start, or think they are simply that much lesser than the Broncos. I just believe that the Broncos are the better team, they are playing at home, and this is a must-win scenario for a well-coached, well-prepared team that will do whatever it takes to get the W.

I just hope it’s not at the expense of our quarterback.

Anybody else on the edge of their seat already?

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  • Guest

    Much ado about nothing. The Chiefs are on a lucky streak, but unfortunately they don’t get to face a 3rd string QB on a bad team this week. Denver is going to slaughter the Chiefs.

    Denver 42
    KC 23

    • Dfrey87

      Wow, really? We are the underdogs, we get no respect and we need a reality check? You say we haven’t played anyone but our schedules are almost identical, besides Indy and Balt and we all know Balt is garbage and you lost to Indy. So do you still want to use that. You guys haven’t played one good defense all year, so what makes you think your going destroy the #1 defense?

      • Dfrey87

        Ahd we need the reality check!?? Ur completely irrational if u think its gonna be a blow out. To try and compare us to any team u have played to date is stupid. If you do an honest assessment of this match up and you will find our D matches up to your O better than any team in the league. Ou

        • Dfrey87

          Our Offense is much better than anyone gives credit. When we have needed to score points the offense does. You must not know anything about football what’s so ever to make the dumb ass comments you did. I’m not saying the Chiefs will win but it will be one close game.

    • Kellen

      9 straight wins can’t just be summed up a lucky.

  • Kellen

    Thank you for a well written article that doesn’t just discredit the Chiefs and what they have done this year. See Broncos fans comments below. Go Chiefs!