Playoff implications will be on the line tomorrow night when the Kansas City Chiefs travel to Mile High to take on the Denver Broncos. The Chiefs are coming off a shocking 19-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that they suffered in Week 11.
The Chiefs are not a ball club that will beat you by putting on an aerial show similar to the New England Patriots or run the football successfully behind a massive offensive line as the Dallas Cowboys are doing right now. They have beaten their opponents in some unusual ways this season.
One of their primary methods of taking control of a football game is to cause turnovers and allow quarterback Alex Smith to have a short field to work with and score touchdowns. If the Chiefs defense can cause Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian to turn the football over in this matchup, it will increase their chances of winning this football game.
So far, the first-year starter Trevor Siemian has done an exceptional job as the Denver Broncos starting quarterback. The pressure of being under center for the defending Super Bowl Champions has not affected Siemian at all this season. Tomorrow night, he will have to play one of his best games of the season to keep Denver’s chances of returning to the playoffs in 2016.
As of right now, they are the projected 6th seed in the AFC Playoff Picture, with the resurgent Miami Dolphins slowly creeping up from behind as the 7th seed. The Broncos must successfully establish the running game if they want to have a chance at defeating the Chiefs this Sunday.
The Chiefs are currently ranked 27th in the league against the rush this season. Expect head coach, Gary Kubiak to exploit the Chiefs struggle against the run in this football game. However, running the football which is Kubiak’s area of expertise has not been successful this season.
The Broncos are ranked 23rd in the league in rushing this season; something will have to give in this bitter contest. Tomorrow night, I predict that the Kansas City Chiefs will leave the noisy confines of Sports Authority Field at Mile High with a victory as they continue to stay afloat for the AFC West Title.
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