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Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos

 

Location

Mile High Club, Denver, Co

Time

Monday 1st Oct

8:15 ET

1:15am Tuesday 2nd Oct

Coverage

ESPN

Sky Sports

Game Pass

https://www.nflgamepass.com/en

Chiefs Radio Network

http://www.kcchiefsradio.com/listen-live/

Team records

Broncos 2-1

Chiefs 3-0

Last 3 games

Dec 31st 2017 – Chiefs 27 @ Broncos 24

Oct 30th 2017 – Broncos 19 @ Chiefs 29

Dec 25th 2016 – Broncos 10 @ Chiefs 33

The story so far

Chiefs high flying offence masks the low flying defence enough by setting records left, right and center. Chiefs remain unbeaten. The Denver No Fly Zone is now accepting frequent flyer miles by the bucket load. Somehow they’ve made it to 2-1 without being particularly good.

Head to head

Chiefs lead 61-55-0

Team leaders

Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
Patrick Mahomes 62 93 896 13
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
52 168 3.2 2
Sammy Watkins 3 51 17 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Tyreek Hill 14 310 22.1 3
Travis Kelce 16 229 14.3 2
Sammy Watkins 14 176 12.6 1
Anthony Sherman 2 52 26 1

One to watch

Pat Mahomes – Sure, who else do you want to watch throw it around in the thinner air of Denver where the ball can travel longer. Denver has the toughest defence he’ll have faced so far, likely to play a lot of man coverage rather than the zone he’s mostly seen. Can he fit the ball into tight windows? Duh.

Key matchup

Mitch Schwartz v Von Miller

In order for Mahomes to have time to throw, they need to keep him upright against a good Denver pass rush. Von Miller is still one of the best defenders in the league but Schwartz hasn’t given up a sack to him in his last 3 games. Some would say that Schwartz owns him. He needs to keep him shackled the full game here.

Injuries

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

PLAYER POS. INJURY PART. THURS. PART. FRI. PART. SAT. GAME STATUS
Justin Houston LB Not Injury Related DNP FP
Terrance Smith LB Shin DNP FP FP
Eric Berry S Heel DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
Dee Ford LB Groin DNP LP FP
Demetrius Harris TE Shoulder FP FP FP
Jarvis Jenkins DL Elbow FP FP FP
Ben Niemann LB Hamstring FP FP FP
Derrick Nnadi DL Elbow FP FP FP
Ron Parker S Shoulder FP FP FP
Spencer Ware RB Knee FP FP FP

 

DENVER BRONCOS

PLAYER POS. INJURY PART. THURS. PART. FRI. PART. SAT. GAME STATUS
Tramaine Brock CB Thigh DNP DNP LP Doubtful
Jake Butt TE Knee LP DNP DNP Out
Shelby Harris NT Ankle LP LP FP
Adam Jones CB Thigh LP LP LP Questionable
Brandon Marshall ILB Knee LP LP LP Questionable
Dymonte Thomas S Abdomen LP LP LP Questionable
Case Keenum QB Knee FP FP FP
Shane Ray OLB Wrist FP FP FP
Isaac Yiadom CB Knee FP FP FP

What they said

Von Miller on going up against RT Mitchell Schwartz:

He’s dynamic, strong, he’s got everything you want from a tackle,” Miller said on his infamous opponent. “I’m a fan of the game and I know great players. Mitch is a great player. it’s funny how you get three All-Pros and no Pro Bowls. I’ve got a lot of respect for him and whenever I get the opportunity to switch jerseys with him you know I’m gonna. He’s my Daddy.”

What we said

Greg Lewis

LEWIS:Hill draws attention from the defense and that singles up, whether it’s (Travis) Kelce, Sammy (Watkins), Chris Conley or Kareem (Hunt), having more room to run in open space. That’s on the field, but off the field, he’s also done a tremendous job in the classroom with this being his third year in the offense, understanding all the nuances and bringing along the Byron Pringles, the Josh Crocketts, the (Gehrig) Dieters – all of them – [helping] acclimate them to the offense and knowing what they’re supposed to do.”

Odds

Chiefs -3.5

Total points over/under 54.5 points

Bet of the week – Kansas City Chiefs -3.5, Match points over 54.5, Kelce and Sanders to score Tds 12/1

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