Patrick Mahomes III and Wide Outs vs. Broncos Secondary
If the Denver Broncos can create some pass rush and get to Mahomes, then this might be a matchup we will not have to focus too much on. But it goes without saying that this team has so many weapons on the receiving end, it is almost unfair.
Perhaps the biggest weapons are Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, and Sammy Watkins. The first two are not going to be easy to contain. But it has been done before. While he surprised Denver in the first ever meeting, Tyreek Hill has been slowed down a bit. In fact, the Denver Broncos limited Hill to only 38 yards receiving the last time he played.
Travis Kelce has been the Broncos nightmare the past couple seasons. It will be key to contain him as much as possible.
Broncos Running Backs vs. Chiefs front seven
Phillip Lindsay will not be suspended as a result of the ejection he was given in the last game. I have no doubt he will likely have a chip on his shoulder come Monday night. The Chiefs have allowed over 118 yards on average to the running game through the first three games. It gets even worse for total and passing yards.
I would look for Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay to have a game, especially if some key defensive players cannot suit up for the game.
Broncos Pass Rushers (Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, Shaquil Barrett, Shane Ray)
I am going to cheat a bit and put four players, but these four are going to be so important to this game. If they can rattle Patrick Mahomes III for the majority of the game, he will either take a lot of hits or be forced into bad decisions.
Mahomes has the tendency of holding onto the ball for a while. That could be problematic against this pass rush. As long as the secondary plays their part well, I believe the Broncos pass rush could have a solid game.