Broncos vs. Chiefs, Preview and Prediction


Broncos vs. Chiefs

All-time record – Chiefs have the edge 56-51

The Broncos have a 4-game winning streak vs. the Chiefs.

The last victory for the Broncos came on December 1st of last year in a high scoring affair, 35-28. The Broncos fell behind early 21-7 but stormed back to take a 35-21 lead behind 5 Peyton Manning TD passes, including 4 on the day to since departed Eric Decker.

The last Chiefs win came on January 1st, 2012 in an epic battle (for all the wrong reasons) that will quickly be forgotten in the annals of time between Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton of the Chiefs. In the game the two starting QB’s combined for 225 net passing yards and the two teams combined to total 10 points on the day. Unfortunately for the Broncos, the Chiefs had the lion’s share of those points taking an insurmountable 7-0 lead in the first quarter, a total which proved to be too much for the ineffective Broncos offense as they could only muster a FG the rest of the game.

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This Sunday’s game features two teams who are coming off polar opposite results from last weekend. The Broncos won their home opener on Sunday Night Football in a spirited game against the Colts who won 11 games last year and went to the playoffs. Whereas, the Chiefs got beat handedly at home by a Titans team who won 7 games last year. It was a lackluster performance where their best player, Jamaal Charles, only touched the ball 11 times all game.

After reaching the playoffs last year, both teams come into this season with high hopes, but the Chiefs are staring at an 0-2 hole if they can’t find a way to beat a Broncos team playing at home as 12.5 point favorites.

The Chiefs are sure to get the ball to Jamaal Charles a lot more than 11 times and he will be the focus of the Broncos revamped defense. However, even if Charles finds a way to make a mark on the game, the Chiefs defense faces a very tall task in slowing Manning and the Broncos offense, as the Chiefs lost two defensive starters for the season last week in Mike DeVito and Derrick Johnson.

Oct 6, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) is sacked by Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Antonio Johnson (90) during the first half at LP Field. The Chiefs beat the Titans 26-17. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Smith had a very poor day against the Titans and will find this version of the Broncos secondary much more formidable than last year’s version who he threw for 293 yards and 2 TD’s against. The secondary for the Broncos had 13 passes defended and 2 Interceptions against Andrew Luck last week and will look to add to the 3 interceptions Smith threw last week.

Meanwhile, Peyton Manning threw for 3 TD’s and 0 interceptions. He carved up the Colts Defense in the first half, but drops and a sluggish offense stalled things in the 2nd half. They look like a good bet to better the 266 yards passing and 2 TD’s that Jake Locker had against the Chiefs last week.

The season is only one game old, but this game really has the feel of two teams heading in completely opposite directions. The Chiefs simply don’t have the personnel to matchup with the Broncos on either offense or defense, and after losing two key defensive starters, it is shaping up to be a field day for Peyton and the offense. I would be very surprised if the Broncos don’t score into the 30’s this week.

However, I think Jamaal Charles gets it going a little bit and will have to carry the offense. I just don’t see him being able to match Peyton and the Broncos offense score for score though.

This game feels like Broncos 31-17