Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos
The Kansas City Chiefs enter this game with the number one ranked scoring offense in the NFL and the eighth-ranked offense overall in yards per game. Young gun Patrick Mahomes has been taking the NFL by storm in only his second season in the league. It certainly helps that he is surrounded by explosive options like last year’s leading rusher Kareem Hunt, the fastest man in the NFL in Tyreek Hill, and the second-best tight end in the league, Travis Kelce.
In recent years, this wouldn’t scare me because Denver’s defense has been the lifeblood of the team. Through three games, the Denver defense hasn’t resembled the modern-day Orange Crush that we have all come to know and love.
The vaunted No Fly Zone is allowing 262.7 yards per game, which is 21st in the NFL.
The run defense, however, is a lot better, ranking 4th in the NFL with just 77.7 yards per game. In terms of points per game, Denver is in the middle of the pack at 16th overall allowing 23.3 points per game. Needless to say, unless Joe Woods has a few tricks of his sleeve, the Denver Broncos are going to have a tough time containing the Chiefs offense.
Fortunately, the Chiefs defense is really bad. They are the worst ranked team in the league in yards allowed and 30th in points allowed. While the Denver Broncos offense hasn’t lit the world on fire, there are many positives to take away.
When Keenum isn’t turning the ball over and the offensive line isn’t committing a drive-killing penalty every few minutes, the Bill Musgrave offense has proven they can move the ball consistently and effectively down the field.
Emmanuel Sanders is having a resurgence after an extremely disappointing 2017 season, and rookies Royce Freeman and Philip Lindsay are packing a fantastic one-two punch in the rushing attack.
I won’t go as far to say Denver will win this game, but I think it will be closer than the 4.5 points Denver is getting at home. Be on the lookout for quite the offensive explosion a la Thursday night’s game in Los Angeles with both teams swapping scores consistently throughout Monday’s contest. This will come down to which defense can manage a stop or two or force a turnover.
Line: Denver Broncos +4.5
Pick: Denver Broncos