AFC Game Of The Week
Kansas City Chiefs (7-3) at Denver Broncos (7-3)
Chiefs: Throughout the season in the AFC, we’ve heard about New England (of course), the Steelers, the Raiders and their hot start but not much has been said about the Kansas City Chiefs and how they’ve played. They have simply just gone about business in their own way and at one point, they were in first place in the AFC West. However, when I watch them, everything seems to fall on this defense to make everything happen. Their offense has been without Jamaal Charles who hasn’t been the same since injuring his knee in 2015 and the other receivers need to step it up outside of Travis Kelce who’s been the number one guy in the receiving aspect of things. Moving forward, every game in the division will be an important one. They’ve defeated Oakland already and they also beat San Diego and will face each of those teams once more and they also see the team they will face twice in the Denver Broncos and the first battle will take place in Denver.
Broncos: Despite having a much different team compared to the Super Bowl team of 2015, the Broncos are still in a really good position right now to make the playoffs. How far they will go, I’m unsure of, but they’re 7-3 right now with November ending and December approaching. Their defense is still one of the best in the game right now and there’s no question about it.. The only difference this year is how they’ve struggled to stop the run and that’s where Malik Jackson is missed because he was their best run stopper on the defensive line. The biggest strength of this defense this year has been their secondary. Chris Harris and Aqib Talib have truly been a tandem to watch. Their offense has been average at best this year. Siemian has become comfortable with Sanders and Thomas, but they really miss C.J. Anderson who’s been sidelined with a knee injury. If Denver wants to repeat as division champs once again, they can’t afford to lose any more games in the division. They’ve lost twice already and have a tilt with Kansas City tomorrow night.
Chiefs Player To Watch: Chris Conley– When you’re a defense facing Kansas City, you know Travis Kelce will get his targets. Conley has player well to make some big catches to move the chains down the field and he needs to be that guy that can take pressure off Kelce. With Maclin out, he needs to step it up and become that primary receiver for Alex Smith.
Broncos Player To Watch: Darian Stewart– He’s put together quite the season in the final year of his contract. He was big for Denver in their road win against the Saints and he ranks fourth on the team with 43 tackles on the season. These Chiefs love to run downhill and he needs to be ready to make some plays in space along with potentially lining up on Kelce.
Prediction: This is a huge game in the AFC West as both teams are looking up to the Oakland Raiders in the division. This is the first of two meetings between these rivals. Tomorrow in Denver and week 16 in Kansas City. I like the Broncos at home in this one. Broncos 24 Chiefs 16