Denver Broncos: AFC West week four predictions

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 31: Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs talks with head coach Vance Joseph of the Denver Broncos after their game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 31, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 27-24. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 31: Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs talks with head coach Vance Joseph of the Denver Broncos after their game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 31, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 27-24. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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Graham Tiedtke

Monday Night’s matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs is going to be very tough. It starts with the Chiefs’ offense. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is doing exceptionally well in his first year of being the starter for Kansas City.

He has so many options to throw the ball to with tight end Travis Kelce, who will be a matchup nightmare for Denver. The Broncos struggle tremendously against opposing tight ends.

They also have running back Kareem Hunt, who is extremely explosive. Once he gets past the first and second lines of defense, it’s almost impossible to stop him.

Then there’s wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Hill is another speedy player on the Chiefs offense that the Broncos could have problems covering.

Could the Broncos win? Absolutely. You’re not out of it unless they’re behind when the clock hits all zeros.

There are ways that the Broncos could come away with the victory. Here are five things the Broncos will need to do.

If they are unable to stop Kansas City’s offense, it’s, unfortunately, going to be a very long day and the Broncos’ losing streak against the Chiefs will continue.

Hopefully, the Broncos will figure out how to stop Mahomes and the Chiefs offense while also playing solid offensively.

Chiefs 38, Broncos 27

Baylor Bradac

This week the Broncos take on their second divisional opponent Monday night in Denver.

The Kansas City Chiefs are riding a 3-0 record into this week, and are looking to light up yet another defense with their young gunslinger, Patrick Mahomes.

Mahomes leads the NFL with 13 passing touchdowns. Thus far, no defense has been able to contain the speed and talent on the offense.

Fortunately for the Broncos, the Chiefs defense has been abysmal this year. If the Broncos can protect Keenum and create room to run, while the Denver defense gets pressure on Mahomes, they have a decent shot at being the first team to topple KC.

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The specific defensive key to winning this game for Denver is to keep Travis Kelce in check. Teams have been shredding the Broncos’ defense using their tight ends to move the ball downfield.

Other than that and the occasional big yardage play, the Denver defense has performed well this year, and, despite a thin secondary, I don’t expect that to change.

Broncos 27, Chiefs 24