I want to give a big thanks to Travis Benjamin for running backwards into the end zone, ultimately costing the Chargers on the spread. After suffering that bad push on the UNDER in the World Series on Saturday night, that wasn’t the way I wanted to see on Sunday. Nonetheless, you have to take the good and the bad beats and not worry about it. You like to think those things even out, which they tend to do, but it never feels any good to lose like that.
Moving on to Monday for Monday Night Football. The Week 8 edition of MNF features the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. Not a bad game for Monday, which has taken a second seat to Sunday Night Football for nearly a decade now. The Chiefs are looking to buck out of their two-game skid, while the Broncos are looking to do the same.
Difference being, the Chiefs are a 5-2 football team, and the Broncos are 3-3. Head coach Vance Joseph better hope the Broncos start doing something, or his seat is going to get a little warm prematurely this offseason. Would the Broncos fire him? Not after one year, but the Broncos are not used to being a .500 team. The Broncos finished 9-7 last season which wasn’t good enough. Now they bring in Vance Joseph and haven’t looked like a 9 win football squad at the moment. 7-9 I will give you that.
Vance Joseph cannot be blamed for injuries, those are a fact of playing football. The Broncos have been wrecked by the injury bug, notably along the offensive line. This is to an offensive line that is bad to begin with. Even completely healthy, there are holes all over. It’s been difficult for them to cover up their patchwork line on offense.
Last week, the Chargers were in the backfield every down. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram made life miserable on Trevor Siemian. Some people wanted Brock Osweiler to take some snaps, but what difference would it have made? Osweiler is less mobile than Siemian, so it probably would have been even worse for the Broncos. We’ll see if they fixed anything this week. Head below for our free Broncos vs. Chiefs pick on MNF.
Denver Broncos vs. K.C. Chiefs Betting Odds:
vs. Chiefs -7(-110)
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Broncos vs. Chiefs Pick:
I didn’t vouch for Osweiler coming in and replacing Siemian, but that’s not to say it’s a gleaming endorsement for Siemian. He looks to be a very good backup quarterback, not a starter. This experiment will be coming to an end soon, and hopefully for the Bronco’s, Paxton Lynch pans out. While they do that, there needs to be some major improvements to the offensive line. In any case, Siemian isn’t a good enough quarterback to read defenses quickly with a bad line like that. Against the Chargers, the Broncos suffered their first shutout in 25 years. The Chargers have a decent defense, but they looked lost on the field trying to find points.
There are four starters questionable for the Broncos heading into Monday night. Tight end Virgin Green, defensive end Derek Wolfe, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, and linebacker Todd Davis haven’t been given the green light. Siemian would love to have a target like Sanders in the lineup, but he hasn’t practiced at all this week. Offensive tackle Donald Stephenson has already been ruled out. For a team with problems blocking up front, injuries are not what they did along the line.
For the Chiefs, Justin Houston is listed as questionable but expected to start on Monday night. Additionally, offensive lineman Duvernay-Tardif has been practicing this week. With their offensive line, Denver didn’t want to hear that Houston will most likely getting the start.
The Chiefs are allowing 271.7 yards per game this season, 29th in the NFL. However, the Broncos’ offense shouldn’t give them too much of a challenge at home. It’s going to be a frenzied atmosphere at Arrowhead on Monday night, one that isn’t going to help Siemian and the Bronco offensive line out any. Denver had no answer for Travis Kelce in 2016. He hauled in 19 balls on 261 yards receiving in their two games. The way I see it, at the end of the day, it’s hard to back the Bronco offensive line in this environment at Arrowhead on the road. The Chiefs respond after losing a heart breaker in Oakland last Thursday night.
PICK: CHIEFS -7 (-110)