AFC West rivals will meet up on Sunday night as the Kansas City Chiefs will host the Denver Broncos in Week 13. The Kansas City Chiefs come into play with a record of 10-1 while the Denver Broncos are now just 4-7 on the season.
Denver is still dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak, but it appears that the Broncos will have a majority of their players back for this game. Playing without all three quarterbacks in Week 12 saw the team lose 31-3 to the New Orleans Saints.
The Kansas City Chiefs have now won six straight games to take control of the AFC West Division. Kansas City still has some work to do to catch the Pittsburgh Steelers and earn the number 1 seed in the AFC.
Kansas City is a whopping 14-point favorite over the Denver Broncos on Sunday night. Kickoff is at 8:20 P.M. Eastern.
Broncos Need Defense to Dominate
If the Broncos want any chance of winning this game, they will need the defense to lead the way. Denver has given up 27.1 points per game this season, but that is the best unit on this team.
The Broncos have racked up 31 sacks so far this season, and getting pressure on quarterback Patrick Mahomes could be a big deal in this matchup. If this game turns into a high-scoring affair, then the Broncos don’t stand much of a chance.
Quarterback Drew Lock is expected to be back under center on Sunday after missing the last game with COVID-19. The Broncos are struggling to find offensive production, averaging just 19.0 points per game.
Chiefs Are Explosive
The Kansas City Chiefs are averaging 31.6 points per game, and they do most of their damage through the air. The Chiefs are averaging 314.5 yards per game through the air, and MVP-frontrunner Mahomes is nearing 3,500 yards and has thrown 30 touchdowns.
Rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire has run for 692 yards this season, but he is an even bigger weapon in the passing game. Kansas City is looking for more balance on offense, but the passing game is tough to stop.
The defense is another underrated part of this team, but Kansas City allows just 21.6 points per game. After holding the Broncos to just 16 points in the first meeting, Kansas City could put up an even lower number in this one.
Kansas City Cruises on Sunday Night Football
Even if the Broncos were at full-strength for this matchup, it is hard to see how they can keep up with the Chiefs. Kansas City already blasted the Broncos in Denver earlier this season, and they are in line to complete the season sweep.
The Chiefs are just too explosive on offense, and the Broncos have struggled to get defensive stops. This is one of those games that could be decided by halftime as the Chiefs will waste little time asserting their dominance.
Take the Kansas City Chiefs -14 over the Denver Broncos on Sunday night in this huge AFC rivalry game.