It’s one of the biggest games of the week in a really fun week of NFL football that includes some great rivalry games and matchups across each division, and even across the conferences. From Thanksgiving Day where we were treated to games like Eagles-Cowboys and Seahawks-49ers, the NFL has decided to cap off Sunday with a prime time matchup between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Broncos and Chiefs have already met once this season, the Broncos winning by a touchdown at home way back in week two, and this game has potential to completely alter who has control over the AFC West the rest of the season. The Broncos are looking to improve to 9-3, while the Chiefs want everything to be squared away at 8-4.
The NFL noticed this game had huge playoff implications, so they flexed it into the Sunday Night Football slot. Here’s everything you need to know about the next ‘biggest’ game of the Denver Broncos’ 2014 season.
Who: Denver Broncos (8-3) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)
What: NFL Week 13 Matchup
When: Sunday, November 30th — 6:30 PM MST
Where: Arrowhead Stadium — Kansas City, MO
Why: Because, football
Sunday Night Football, NBC (check local listings)
In The Booth: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color commentary)
Online Streaming: NBC Sports Live – Extra (Free stream); NFL Mobile (Verizon)
This is a game the Denver Broncos absolutely have to win. They are going on the road for the sixth time this season, with two more big road games left to play in San Diego and Cincinnati after this. There is nothing easy in the NFL, and getting a win in Kansas City is no exception, especially the way the Chiefs can rush the quarterback and run the ball.
However, stopping the run is the Broncos’ strength, and they can also get after the quarterback. Last time they played the Chiefs, they had trouble containing Alex Smith as a runner but I think they’ll have more success the second time around. Kansas City has not thrown a touchdown pass to a wide receiver this year, so the Broncos will look to take away their most valuable asset in Jamaal Charles first and foremost, and then leading receiver Travis Kelce.
Last week, the Broncos played horribly in the first half against the Miami Dolphins, but really settled in and dominated the majority of the second half. It was the team that we had all hoped to see this entire season, a team that we’ve only seen glimpses of at best throughout the year. The perfect time for the Broncos to come out and win a big road game would be tonight on Sunday Night Football, in front of the rest of the league.
So far this season, the Broncos have won road games against the Raiders and Jets, who have a combined three wins this year. This is a team that needs to step up its game and prove that it has playoff mettle not just in Denver, but in hostile environments as well. I think the Broncos are able to control this game, and put together a complete performance from start to finish. And maybe Connor Barth sneaks in a couple of field goals along the way. The Chiefs are a really good team and hungry coming off of a bad loss to the Oakland Raiders, but I think the Broncos get that big road win.