Dec 30 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos mascot Miles holds a sign in reference to the team securing home field advantage following the win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 38-3. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs at Broncos: odds, predictions and preview

There is no doubt that the top game on the NFL calendar in Week 11 is the AFC West match up between the undefeated Kansas City and the one-loss Denver Broncos. The game will be taking place at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, so the Broncos have the home field advantage, but they have plenty to be concerned about.

Start Time: Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET
TV Info: NBC
Point Spread: Broncos -8

As you can see, the Broncos are eight-point favorites over their division rivals, so they have a lot to live up to both on the field and in the Vegas books.

There are those who don’t think the Chiefs are for real, so this will be their “prove it” game and you should expect the Chiefs to silence the doubters.

Denver has struggled greatly when it comes to protecting Peyton Manning and keeping him upright, while the Chiefs have had more success than anyone else in the league at getting after the passer. Of course, there is much more to the game that will affect the result, but the Kansas City pass rush hitting Manning early and often will get him off his rhythm and set up a long down for the Broncos offense and a great day for the Chiefs as they continue their unbeaten streak.

Who do you think will come away from Sunday’s game with the win? Sound off in the comments section below.

Tags: Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs

  • goodspkr

    If you look at the games that have been close or with the Colts, the Broncos met teams with good defenses and high performing offenses. If the Chiefs want to have a pass, they can’t simply hit Manning early and often, they need their offense to control the ball. They can’t keep giving Manning opportunities to score. KC’s offense is less than impressive.

    • DXW

      True, but if you also look at the Colts game you’ll see that the only reason Denver lost was because they made stupid mistakes and had penalties (like hitting Luck in the end zone on 3rd and long) which kept the Colts in the game and let them pull ahead and score. Had Denver payed with more discipline, the Colts lose that game.

      The ONLY way Denver loses this game, like any other game this year, is if they beat themselves. If they come out and play smart and mistake free, they’re unstoppable.

      The Chiefs are playing smart and mistake free, and that, along with a good defense, is keeping them in games against really bad teams and 3rd string QB’s, but it won’t be enough to keep them in the game with the Broncos if the Broncos decide to show up. The Chiefs will need an offense, and they don’t have one.

  • tm1946

    One time I hope Vegas is wrong. Usually they keep the lights on with the money of losers.
    Would be a whole lot different if our offense ever showed a sign of life but Reid has to work with what he currently has.

  • Mark Bustamante

    Chiefs offense HAS TO SHOW UP FIR YHIS GAME!!!! I’m sure the defense will be ready but they can not carry the load. The KC offense must sustain drives and score TDs if they are to have any chance of winning

  • anon76returns

    “Denver has struggled greatly in protecting Manning”= Least # of sacks+hurries per pass attempt in league

    “the Chiefs have had more success than anyone else in the league at getting after the passer”= 1 sack in last two games.

    No doubt the Chiefs D can bring it, the question is whether they return to early season form.

    • Jeff Jones

      Chiefs QB sack success comes against NFL first string QB’s, When playing back-up QB’s the Chief’s Defense plays much more conservative. Interesting to see if that stat holds true again this week in Denver. It doesn’t matter who wins this or the next regular season matchup, the third match-up between these two teams is the one that really matters..