NFL Week 8 Game Preview: Broncos (3-4) at Chiefs (6-1)
Denver doesn’t get much time to enjoy their first laugher of the season, a 45-10 dismantling of the Arizona Cardinals. That win broke a 4-game losing streak that included close games with the undefeated Rams and the then-undefeated Chiefs.
Despite a spirited near-upset of the Chiefs in Denver, the Broncos enter this contest as 10-point underdogs in front of the Chiefs’ home fans.
Apparently, the people who decide these things have little faith in Denver to repeat their 5-turnover, 2 pick-six effort, and don’t think they’ll defense 10 Pat Mahomes passes or hit the Chiefs’ prolific passer 13 times as they did to Josh Rosen.
Indeed, the Broncos offense can’t think they are fixed after Case Keenum managed only 161 yards and threw another interception.
Kansas City bounced back from their exciting, but disappointing Week 6 loss to the Patriots to throttle the Bengals by the same 45-10 score.
Their defense played better than past weeks, but it was all about Pat Mahomes throwing for 4 touchdowns and setting the record with 22 throwing scores in the first 7 weeks of a season.
With Kareem Hunt also getting into the mix with three touchdowns, the Chiefs’ offense looks as unstoppable as the Rams.
Injuries and notes:
Denver put guard Ronald Leary on injured reserve and list tackle Jared Veldheer as questionable.
Cornerback Adam Jones, safety Dymonte Thomas, and linebacker Shane Ray are also listed as questionable.
Guard Jordan Devey (chest) and linebacker Terrance Smith (knee) were placed on injured reserve by the Chiefs Tuesday.
Safety Eric Berry, linebacker Justin Houston, and center Mitch Morse are questionable.
It’s another mismatch as second-year coach Vance Joseph tries to match wits with a master in Andy Reid.
Joseph is feeling the heat in Denver and didn’t exactly get a glowing vote of confidence from GM John Elway this week. Even though Elway rolled the dice on Case Keenum, it is Joseph’s job to make the most of his skills. The issue and implication are that Joseph’s skill set is closer to that of Jeff Fischer than Keenum’s last coach, Mike Zimmer.
Reid is pushing all the right buttons in Kansas City. He knows he’d be undefeated if his team got the ball back one more time in New England. Fans do, too.
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Who will win the Chiefs v Broncos game?
Denver gave the Chiefs a run for their money in their first matchup. The defense played hard and the offense did enough to keep them in the game.
Since then, the Chiefs’ defense is playing demonstrably better and the Kansas City offense continues to roll. Don’t expect a repeat from a flawed Denver team this week.
Final score: Chiefs 35, Broncos 14