The Chiefs will play in the comfy confines of Arrowhead Stadium for the second week in a row. That is the first time this season for Kansas City who comes into week 8 at 6-1. The Chiefs are looking to complete the season sweep over the rival Broncos for the third straight year. A Chiefs win would move Kansas City’s winning streak to seven over the Broncos. Their division record would also improve to 19-2 since the start of 2015 with a win. Now, let’s get to the Chiefs-Broncos preview.
Which Broncos Team Will We See?
The Broncos have had an up and down season. Denver is coming off their biggest win of the season, but that came against a bad Arizona Cardinals team. The Broncos look to have possibly climbed back into contention, at 3-4. However, the teams they have won against are a combined 5-14 this season. Meanwhile, the teams they have fallen to this season are a combined 20-8. We know the Chiefs will not feel the effects of the Denver crowd in primetime like they did earlier in the season. So, how dangerous are the Broncos defense in this game? They have struggled to get off the field, and the number of explosive plays allowed by Denver’s defense is among the most in the league. Their defense played well early on in the first matchup this season, but look for the Chiefs to possess the ball a lot longer and move the ball with more ease early on.
The Chiefs offense did exactly what they needed to against the Bengals last week. That was to keep the momentum rolling from the strong second half against the Patriots. They did that and then some. The Chiefs continue to hit on explosive plays and confuse defenses with the creativity of head coach Andy Reid. Last week the offense gained the most yards they had all season with 551 total yards.
The only time the offense was contained though, was against these Broncos earlier in the season. If Kansas City looks to keep the momentum rolling, they will look to outdo themselves from the matchup earlier this season. Kareem Hunt was a big contributor in getting the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes in position for the second half comeback. Hunt has been running angry lately, and Mahomes made things work on some of the most difficult of circumstances in that comeback. If the goal is to outperform their prior matchup against Denver, then to see Mahomes take some shots deep early and launch some Patomic bombs.
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Matchup to Watch: Chiefs Front Seven vs Phillip Lindsay
The Broncos will be without one running back, Royce Freeman. This means Phillip Lindsay will get fed often if the Broncos are to hang around in this game. The Chiefs defense allowed Lindsay to scamper for 69 yards in the matchup earlier this season. Lindsay also accumulated 5.8 yards per carry in that game. The Chiefs defense has been better lately at flying around to the ball. But, they can’t let up against Lindsay. He’s a back that is hard to bring down, and his runs outside are just as dangerous as between the tackles.
Travis Kelce loves to face the Broncos. In his career, he has 49 receptions for 683 yards and 3 touchdowns against them.
The Chiefs are the 4th team in the last 15 seasons to average 37+ points per game through Week 7. All three previous teams reached the Super Bowl: 2007 Patriots, 2009 Saints and 2013 Broncos.
Hopefully, all of that creates a good sign for the Chiefs, not only this week but for the rest of the season. Thank you for reading. Be sure to check out all of the great sports content on Full Press Coverage.