Broncos vs Chiefs: Behind Enemy Lines with Arrowhead Addict


Nov 01, 2015; London, United Kingdom; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks to pass down field during the second half against the Detroit Lions at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs meet up for the second time this season. The Broncos will be looking to extend their lead in the AFC West and perhaps even try to run away with it.

This second meeting with the Chiefs will not be easy. Kansas City is coming off a bye as well as a two game winning streak. For a 3-5 team, they will be desperate to regain some ground to fight for a playoff spot in an always competitive AFC field.

For this new edition of Behind Enemy Lines, I sat down with Matt Verderame. He is the Editor-in-Chief over at Arrowhead Addict. His blog has shown great success this season with the excellent coverage that they provide.

I sat down with Matt and asked him some questions on the State of the Kansas City Chiefs as well as his insights on this weekend’s game.

PO: So Matt, how did you get your start over at Fansided and how did you become a Chiefs fan?

AA: I used to work at Arrowhead Pride over at SB Nation and honed my craft for a few years. Eventually I wanted to find a bigger role and Fansided has always been a really intriguing company. When I was approached for the NFL Director position, I was more than happy to accept.

As for the Chiefs, the first game my father ever watched was Super Bowl IV. After the Chiefs won, he decided to stick with them for life. So when I was born, I had no choice.

PO: The Chiefs have found some momentum towards the end of their bye with two straight wins. Do you believe that they can compete for a playoff spot during the second half of the season?

AA: I think they can for two reasons. Their schedule after this week is ridiculously easy. Second, the AFC is awful. Going 8-8 might get it done, and 9-7 might give them the fifth seed.

PO: The Broncos and Chiefs have had some historical matchups. What is your favorite moment from this rivalry?

AA: It would have to be the 1994 Monday Night Football matchup between Joe Montana and John Elway. The game was such a classic between two of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. The other one would be Pete Stoyanovich’s winning field goal over Denver in 1997 at Arrowhead. It was a classic moment.

PO: The Broncos are not going to be an easy opponent, especially since they are coming off their first loss of the season. What do you think Kansas City has to do in order to come out of Denver with a win?

AA: It isn’t going to be easy for the Chiefs. It comes down to third down offense and forcing a few turnovers. Let’s be real, the Chiefs should have hammered Denver in Week 2, but beat themselves repeatedly. That’s no slight on Denver, it is just the way the game broke.

The only difference in the Chiefs favor this time around is Sean Smith being on the field instead of Jamell Fleming. That is a huge difference.

PO: What is your final score for this game? And bold predictions for the game?

AA: I have the Broncos winning 17-9. I don’t think either offense does much, but Denver’s defense is just insane. Combine that with a great home-field advantage, and I think Peyton Manning does enough. My bold prediction is that if the Chiefs win, it will be because our rebuilt offensive line does not allow more than two sacks.

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Thank You Matt for sitting down to talk to me. I look forward to this game and wish you luck.