We have entered the dog days of summer, where most of us wait for football to return. Here, we will continue to look at the Chiefs schedule and dissect each game. After a tough road loss to Oakland, Kansas City returns home to face the Denver Broncos. Does their offense have enough to get past the talented Denver defense? Let’s take a look.
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December 25th, 2016: Chiefs 33, Broncos 10
The last meeting between these two teams came on Christmas night. The Chiefs raced out to an early 21-7 lead in the first quarter. Tyreek Hill ran a touchdown in from 70 yards out, and Travis Kelce took a pass near the line of scrimmage 80 yards for a score. Kansas City didn’t look back from there, routing the Broncos 33-10. Former Chief Dontari Poe even got in on the fun, throwing a two yard touchdown pass. The defense also dominated, holding Trevor Siemian to 39.5 percent completion. The win kept them in the AFC West race along with nailing the Broncos’ coffin.
November 27th, 2016: Chiefs 30, Broncos 27 (OT)
Unlike the December meeting, the first meeting of the season was a classic. The Chiefs held the lead for much of the game, but two fourth quarter touchdowns by Denver left Kansas City down eight with three minutes to go. But, Alex Smith and company would not be denied. They marched down the field and tied the game at 24 with 12 second left. In overtime, both teams made field goals on their first possessions, and the Chiefs got it back with enough time for one more drive. Kicker Cairo Santos won the game on a field goal that bounced off the left upright and went in. That win gave the Chiefs a one game lead in the division.
Broncos In The Cellar?
We are seeing a changing of the guard in the AFC West. The Chargers and Raiders are rising, while the Broncos and Chiefs are falling. However, the division will stay competitive. The Broncos did reinforce the offensive line with Ronald Leary and first round pick Garett Bolles. They also added another weapon in Carlos Henderson. But, the one thing the Broncos didn’t change was the quarterback situation. Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch will duke it out in training camp. This Broncos team has a top level defense, but its offense might not have enough.
An Unstoppable Force
Travis Kelce is the x-factor in this matchup. While he had many big games last season, two of his best came against the Broncos. He totaled 19 receptions for 261 yards in those games. The Broncos miss Danny Trevathan in the linebacking core, and without him Kelce continually finds holes. Without Jeremy Maclin this season, the Broncos secondary will try to key in on Kelce all game long.
The Broncos have a great defense, but a road trip to Kansas City is tough. The Chiefs thrive with home field advantage. Even with some key losses, the Chiefs still boast a good enough offense to outscore the Broncos. A more balance running attack with Spencer Ware, Kareem Hunt, and Charcandrick West will prove too much for a leaky Broncos run defense. Kelce and Hill will do enough as playmakers to get the Chiefs into scoring position. On defense, containing Siemian (or Lynch) shouldn’t prove to be a huge challenge. The shored up run defense will help contain the improved running attack of Denver. Even though Jamaal Charles is coming home, the Chiefs will spoil it for him.
Chiefs 26, Broncos 16
Current Projected Record: 5-3
— Jake Schyvinck is a Managing Editor for cover32 and covers the Kansas City Chiefs. You can follow him on Twitter here.