The Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos tangle on Sunday Night Football in an important matchup in the AFC West. The division is up for grabs with both teams at 7-3 on the season. In other words, this is one of the biggest games of the year for the Chiefs and Broncos. The Broncos have thoroughly controlled the AFC West ever since Peyton Manning arrived in town, and with him retired now, the Broncos are trying to do it with Trevor Siemian at the controls under center. Manning looked off last season, his quarterback rating was abysmal, but what he did do is provide some of the best leadership you’re going to find in football. I don’t really know if there is a clear-cut leader of this team now. Yeah, I know you’re going to say Von Miller, but I just see him as a very good player, not so much a leader.
The AFC West is feeling pretty crowded these days. Not only are the Chiefs and Broncos vying for the division title, the Oakland Raiders are right there as well. In fact, at 8-2, the Raiders are currently ahead in the division. That may change depending on the result of today’s action. The Raiders are playing the Panthers, and by the time you read this they may have already won or loss. There is no doubt that this is the most intriguing division race in all of football. There may be a couple teams that squeak into the playoffs with pretty poor records, but not here in the AFC West, where the winner is going to be hold onto a pretty impressive record.
Are any of these teams going to make it to the Super Bowl, though? I don’t know too many people who are quick to say that the Raiders, Chiefs, or Broncos are heading to the Super Bowl. Perhaps it’s too close to call, but the overwhelming consensus is on the Patriots heading back to the biggest game of them all in football. In any event, the Chiefs or Broncos can make it easier on themselves with a win today. Regardless of the division champion, it’s conceivable that two teams from the AFC West will make the playoffs, the other by way of a wildcard. Monumental matchup tonight on SNF, we’ll see how it all goes down in primetime on NBC.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos NFL Betting Odds:
vs. Broncos -3.5(-110)
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Chiefs vs. Broncos Pick:
In 2016, Alex Smith is once again quietly going about his business. He’s been producing ever since his final years with the San Francisco 49ers. While Smith doesn’t put up the monster numbers you hear about from elite quarterbacks, he has been quite proficient at leading his offenses. Nothing flashy, and I don’t want to say game manager, because I think he’s more than that but Smith has been one of the more underrated quarterbacks you’ll find in the NFL over the last six or so years. He’s passed for 9 touchdowns and 4 interceptions this season, with a pretty solid completion percentage of 67.2%. Unfortunately for Jamaal Charles, he didn’t get very far this season. He appeared in two games and has rushed for only 40 yards on a 3.3 yards per carry.
The Chiefs are 24th in total offense this season, and are averaging only 22.2 points per game. They’ve been good at times, but it’s clear the Chiefs have had issues with decent defenses. Scoring 30 points on the Colts isn’t all that impressive, which is the most they have put up since Week 1 against the Chargers. The Broncos aren’t far off from the Chiefs, as they are 27th in total offense, and accumulating 24 points per game.
The Broncos do hold a considerable advantage over the Chiefs with regards to defense. Denver are 4th on defense, while the Chiefs lag behind significantly in 25th in yards allowed. However, the Chiefs have been playing bend but don’t break football all year, as they are surrendering just over 18 points per game. For the Chiefs, though, they come into this one banged up to the max. Questionables in this game for the Chiefs include Marcus Peters, Derrick Johnson, Dontari Poe, Tamba Hali, Steven Nelson, and more. That is the core of the Chiefs’ defense and all will be uncertain to play. On offense wide receiver Jeremy Maclin may miss his third straight game. Going into Denver injured isn’t a recipe for success. The Broncos should win and get the cover here at home against the hobbled Chiefs.
PICK: BRONCOS -3.5 (-110)