Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs Preview


The Denver Broncos enter week 10 with a 7-1 record. Coming off of a week nine loss, the Broncos look to get back into the win column against the Chiefs.

The Denver Broncos opened their 2015-2016 with wins in each of the first seven games. Despite poor production from their offense this season, the Broncos’ defense stepped up their game from last season. The Broncos’ defense is one of the best in the NFL, and they are amongst the league-leaders in scoring. However, the Broncos defense struggled to force takeaways in each of the past two games, resulting in zero forced turnovers. The Broncos look to change that on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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The Denver Broncos need to re-establish their running game. With a change at head coach this season for the Broncos, their run game evaporated with the change. Last season, C.J. Anderson broke out as one of the best running backs in the league, but he looks to be a product of a scheme. Andreson struggled to find any running room through the first nine weeks of this season, and it raises doubts that he can be the lead running back in Denver. He entered the season as the clear-cut number one back, but Ronnie Hillman continues to chip away at Anderson’s touches. 

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Also, with the change in offensive scheme from John Fox to Gary Kubiak, the Denver Broncos utilize two tight end sets much more. Last season, the Broncos spread the field with multiple wide receivers, but this season Kubiak insists on using tight ends more. The Denver Broncos struggled to find production out of their tight end corps; thus, they decided to trade for two-time Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis. Davis saw limited action in his first week with the Broncos, but his work load likely increases down the final stretch of the regular season.

Due to the use in tight end sets, DeMaryius Thomas is struggling to find the end zone. Also, this season, Peyton Manning continues to struggle to throw the ball deep down the field, relying on intermediate passes to go for larger chunks of yards. With the offense sputtering, the Broncos need to figure out how to fix their woes if they intend on making a deep playoff run. The Denver Broncos’ week 10 matchup against the Chiefs presents a good chance for the Broncos’ offense to perform well.

The Kansas City Chiefs rank 14th in the NFL in yards allowed per game, sitting at 356.5 yards per game. They give up 255.9 passing yards per game, ranking 23rd in the league; however, the Chiefs are one of the better teams against the run, giving up just over 100 yards per game. Thus, the Denver Broncos might rely more on their passing game then their running game. The Broncos are among the league’s worst when it comes to rushing, managing an underwhelming 88 yards per contest (ranked 28th).

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The Denver Broncos will be without superstar cornerback Aqib Talib. Talib received a one-game suspension for an eye-poking incident last week against the Colts. Talib was called for a personal foul penalty during the game, but after further review, the NFL decided to suspend him for one game. With Talib’s suspension, the Broncos will use a mix of Bradley Roby and Kayvon Webster to fill the void. This will be an area to watch in Sunday’s game.

The Denver Broncos’ game against the Chiefs presents another chance for Peyton Manning to enter the record books. Manning sits just two yards behind Brett Favre for the All-Time passing yards record. Manning likely breaks this record on his first completion of the game, so be sure to not miss the beginning of the game. The Denver Broncos should take care of business this Sunday against the Chiefs, but the Chiefs are trending in the right direction.

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The Denver Broncos come off of their first loss of the season against the Indianapolis Colts; however, the Chiefs come off of back-to-back wins. With the Chiefs looking for three-straight wins, the Broncos need to get ahead early to take any momentum they carried into the game out of them. Look for a strong showing from the Broncos, despite losing Talib for a game. Hopefully, D-Tom finds the end zone for the first time in five weeks. The Broncos need their passing offense to show out during the game because of the Chiefs good run defense. Kickoff is at 2:25 (MST).