After the Chiefs’ quick 5-0 start, they dropped two games in a row in an ugly fashion. Kansas City is now 5-2, and they will host the 3-3 Denver Broncos who just dropped a game to the LA Chargers. Both teams are looking to bounce back after a disappointing couple of weeks. Jamaal Charles is making his first return to Arrowhead since being cut by the Chiefs last February. Despite there being some bitter feelings about him going to Denver, most expect him to receive a standing ovation. Charles has had limited carries in Denver but has been efficient this year.
Offense: The Chiefs offense was sluggish in the first half against Pittsburgh, but regrouped. After being completely shut down in the first half, the Chiefs made a bit of noise in the second half. There weren’t many struggles against Oakland. Alex Smith threw for 342 yards and three touchdown, ultimately Kansas City ended up going down in heartbreaking fashion on the final play of the game. The Chiefs will have to deal with a very strong defense this week against Denver, but their offense still has the edge over the Broncos’ offense. Kansas City ranks behind only the New England Patriots in yards per game. They will be going up against the number one defense in the league, so it is definitely an interesting matchup. Denver’s offense has struggled to find an identity all season long, and it will be hard for them to regroup in Kansas City against a feisty crowd at Arrowhead. Kansas City has the edge on offense.
Defense: Denver has the best defense in the NFL. They will give Andy Reid’s offense some problems, but it will be tough for Denver to not give up points late if the offense can’t put up points. The Chiefs have been shaky on the defensive end all year, but not terrible. They shouldn’t have too much trouble with the Denver offense. Denver definitely has the advantage on defense. Denver only allows the least yards per game in the NFL on defense, only allowing 258 yards per game. Comparatively, the Chiefs give up 396 yards per game. The question is, will defense be enough for Denver?
Special Teams: The Chiefs have a clear advantage on special teams and it’s mainly because of return man Tyreek Hill. Hill is the fastest man in the NFL and there’s no one really close. The return man runs a 4.24 40 and has reached 23 miles an hour while running before. He can change the tide of any game in a flash with a kick return for a touchdown. The Broncos could outplay the Chiefs on both sides of the ball and still lose if they don’t contain Tyreek Hill in the return game.
X-factors:The key for a Chief’s victory is letting running back Kareem Hunt control the ground game. If the Chiefs dominate time of possession and wear down the Denver D, they will win the game. If Denver can stifle the Chiefs offense, they will win. It is more likely that we see the Chiefs wear down the Broncos defense and win at home in primetime.
Prediction: 28-17, Chiefs