Broncos @ Chiefs
When the Kansas City Chiefs came to Denver to face the Broncos in week four, a lot of people expected the game to end up being a blowout.
Well, it wasn’t. The final score was 27-23. It was also the first time this season a team held the Chiefs below 30 points. That still holds up four weeks later. In the week since the two teams met, the Chiefs have scored no less than 30 points.
Now, the Broncos are at Arrowhead, an extremely difficult place to play on the road. That in itself is a big, big problem. The Chiefs are a 9.5-point favorite this weekend, which is not a surprise.
I have to wonder if certain players will be affected on Sunday by the amount of rumors going around about trades. Demaryius Thomas has been the big name coming out as the likeliest player to be traded, although it sounds like those rumors have fizzled down and Thomas should remain a Bronco.
The Broncos were in the news this week due to a party that was held by players. The biggest storyline out of it was quarterback Chad Kelly’s arrest for trespassing.
Will this distraction linger into Sunday’s matchup? There is that possibility. However, Kelly was waived by the Broncos after his arrest and the team will be moving forward from this incident.
Another issue, however, is that the Broncos ruled out four valuable players in running back Royce Freeman, wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, right tackle Jared Veldheer, and safety Darian Stewart.
Chiefs 34, Broncos 30
The Denver Broncos look to move their (3-4) record to .500 while heading to Arrowhead Stadium to face the Kansas City Chiefs who sit atop the West at (6-1).
The last time these two teams met, the Chiefs escaped with a victory after being outplayed for three quarters.
The Broncos are absolutely a good enough team to beat the Chiefs, but they have to play a pretty perfect game to do so. Containing Mahomes is the number one key to winning this game.
By the 4th quarter of their last match up, the Denver defense was completely gassed. Mahomes scrambles a lot, sometimes causing there to be up to 6 seconds a defensive back needs to be in coverage. When playing man, that is almost impossible.
The Chiefs need to focus on exposing a week run defense and use their all-star Tight End, Travis Kelce, to soften up the Denver Defense.
If they can get any sort of offensive momentum, this game is over. While I believe it’s possible to win, I cannot pick against the Chiefs at home this week.
Chiefs 27, Broncos 24