The Kansas City Chiefs host the Denver Broncos in a primetime divisional showdown on Sunday night with the Chiefs looking to bolster their playoff resume and the Broncos looking to right the ship after three losses in four games. Kansas City enters the game as 14-point favorites with the game total set at 51 on SportsBetting.com.
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
Date: Sunday, Dec. 6 – 8:20 PM ET
Odds: Chiefs -14
It’s been a lackluster season for the Denver Broncos so far and it’s trending in the wrong direction with a 4-7 record and three losses in their last four games.
On the offensive side of the ball, Denver has been one of the worst teams in the league. The Broncos average just 325 yards per game, ranking No. 27 out of 32 NFL teams. Denver has been even worst at converting that yardage into points, averaging just 19 points per game, which is the second-worst in the NFL behind only the winless New York Jets. The Broncos have put up more than 30 points in two games, but have also failed to even put up 20 points in more than half of their games.
With the offense struggling, Denver’s had to lean on its defense this season, but the Broncos aren’t particularly strong on that side of the ball either. Denver has a below-average defense, allowing opponents 341 yards and 27.1 points per game. The one area where the Broncos have shined defensively is in the red zone where they allow a touchdown just 52.5 percent of the time – the fourth-best mark in the NFL.
Denver’s defense has been solid and kept the Broncos in games throughout this season, but the offense just hasn’t been able to consistently put up points on the other end.
Kansas City Chiefs
With a 10-1 record, the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs have the divisional lead by a comfortable margin and are now just battling for playoff seeding as they attempt to defend their title.
Led by MVP frontrunner Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs once again boast arguably the top offense in the NFL, leading the league with 425.8 yards per game and putting up 31.6 points per game – good for second in the league behind only the Green Bay Packers. The Kansas City offense hasn’t just been great, it’s been incredibly consistent, scoring over 20 points in every single game this season and surpassing 30 points in seven of its 11 games.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Chiefs have not been nearly as dominant, but they’ve been more than capable. The Kansas City defense allows 360 yards per game – about average in the NFL – but excels at keeping opponents off the board, ranking No. 6 in the league in scoring defense with just 21.6 points allowed per game.
It’s a high-powered offense with a steady defense – a lethal combination in today’s NFL.
The Chiefs are undeniably the better team in this matchup and they showed that in the previous matchup, winning 43-16 back in October. That score, however, can be a bit deceiving. The Denver defense actually held the Kansas City offense to just 286 yards and 29 points as the Chiefs had both a defensive score and a special teams touchdown. The Broncos have proven they can slow down this offense, which makes it unlikely Kansas City covers a multi-touchdown spread.
Pick: Denver +14