Denver Broncos: 3 Keys to a Win vs the Kansas City Chiefs

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Mahomes got us once.

In their Week 4 matchup, the Chiefs got the better of the Broncos 27-24.  It was a respectable showing by the Denver defense, limiting the surging Mahomes to one touchdown.  Hunt rushed for 121 in the KC win, marking the beginning of a string of substandard rushing defense performances.

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The Broncos edge rushers Von Miller and Bradley Chubb were held out of the sack column.  Miller got close twice but Mahomes prevailed.  It was one of the games that sparked some disappointment in the pair, the Broncos have a lot invested in the success of their pass rush.

This is the quandary we kind of find ourselves in with Miller, boom-or-bust, Seahawks and Cardinals or Chiefs and Jets.

On the other end, Chubb has adjusted to the NFL nicely and along with Miller forms the NFL’s top sack tandem, having combined for 14 sacks through seven games.

That needs to prevail for Denver to have any chance of holding the potent KC offense down, particularly after a fine defensive effort in Denver that the Chiefs are sure to remember and wish to rectify.  Add Denver’s rough record at Arrowhead (17-36) and the force that Mahomes has played like for much of the 2018 season and we are asking a lot of our outside ‘backers.  If anyone is up to the task it’s Chubb and Miller who’s always thrived on the biggest stages.

The Broncos star linebackers can only control their half of the field, though, the Broncos must continue to score points.  That production has to be led by Case Keenum: