Rivals Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs will be attempting to gain some ground in the battle for the AFC West title on the Prime Time Sunday Night Football game this week. At this point, they’re both tied for second place in the division, with the Chiefs possessing the tiebreaker due to divisional record. Sports Interaction’s NFL betting odds currently list the Broncos as 3.5 favorites in this matchup.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos
Point spread: Broncos -3.5
Date: Sunday, November 27, 2016
Location: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.
A huge advantage for the Broncos here is that they’re coming off a bye, and are as healthy as they’ve been since the season started. Denver should have all of their defensive regulars on the field for the first time since Week 2. QB Trevor Siemien will be at the helm once again, and although he’s not as consistent as the team might like, he’s certainly shown moments of brilliance and leads the 14th rank offense in the league with 2028 yards so far, 12 touchdowns with a 60% CP and he leads the 14th ranked scoring offense in the NFL.
Siemien has had some help winning these games, with seasoned LB Von Miller recording a sack in four straight games against the Chiefs. The Broncos also have some dependable receivers with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, who both have notched over 50 receptions and 600 yards and have made trouble for Kansas City in their last several matchups.
When asked about the upcoming game against their rivals, Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said: “Everybody feels fresh and ready to roll. We just know that this is our time when we have to turn it up another notch. This is our time where a lot of teams fall off and they can’t continue to stay on that ride and continue to get better, but this is where we know that we have to turn our game up another notch.”
Kansas City Chiefs
The big issue for the Chiefs is that they are facing some holes in the roster due to injuries. Two of their most effective receivers are out, with both Jeremy Maclin and rookie Tyreek Hill missing from the line. It’s not looking much better on defense either, with a number of key players out including linebackers Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali and nose tackle Dontari Poe.
If we take a look at the numbers game, Kansas City has one of the better defenses in the league, ranked 7th. They lead the league in forcing turnovers with 13 interceptions and 9 fumble recoveries, and Marcus Peters leads the NFL with 5 interceptions. That said, on the other side of the coin, they don’t look so great. They are scoring low, with two or less offensive touchdowns in seven of their ten games.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith told reporters. “The way the division has gone to this point, it’s already pretty tight. This is our first crack at these guys, and they’re the defending Super Bowl champions. We’ve been in a lot of battles with these guys over the years.”
Chiefs vs. Broncos Prediction