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Chiefs -13.5 (-110)
|Broncos vs Chiefs Information|
|What||Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs|
|Where||Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO|
|When||Sunday, December 6, 2020; 8:20 PM ET|
|How to watch||NBC|
After a massive COVID outbreak in Week 12, the Denver Broncos had to make due at quarterback and they snagged WR Kendall Hinton from the practice squad to fill in (it wasn’t pretty – he only threw one completion), and though quarterback Drew Lock is back for this Week 13 matchup, the team most likely will not outscore these playoff-bound Chiefs.
Yet again, the defending world champion Kansas City Chiefs have an offense that looks absolutely unstoppable, the combo of head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes proving to be a brilliant pairing that can put points on the board at will while their 18th ranked defense gets the job done.
These two AFC West rivals have played each other 121 prior times (including 1 postseason game), with the Kansas City Chiefs winning 66 of those games and the Denver Broncos winning 55 of the games.
The Denver Broncos have the 27th ranked offense in the league which averages 19 points per game, and they must compete with the number one Chiefs who typically score almost 32 points every time they play.
Maybe the Broncos can compete if their defense steps up and somehow neutralizes multiple playmakers, a Denver D that is ranked 11th in the league after keeping opponents to about 340 total yards per game, which is about 85 yards less than what the Chiefs offense typically gains in 60 minutes.
The only way for Denver to steal a win here is to figure out how to keep Mahomes from hurting you by putting tremendous pressure on him that forces him to be less mobile, but then Denver defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will also have to find an answer for the Chiefs’ killer run game, two big asks that might be impossible to fulfill.
When you take a look at the 2020 Kansas City Chiefs roster, it almost doesn’t seem fair to pack a team with so many playmakers, including their leader, QB Patrick Mahomes, who seems able to make a play happen regardless of how tense the situation around him might get.
What helps Mahomes is that he gets to target speedy receivers like Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins plus a tight end named Travis Kelce who can catch the ball and evade tackles while his passing attack is nicely balanced out by a one-two RB punch out of the backfield in Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Le’Veon Bell.
And there are plenty of stars on the other side of the ball in Kansas City, too – defensive end Frank Clark, linebacker Anthony Hitchens and cornerback Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu for example – making them the other AFC team to beat besides the ever-winning Pittsburgh Steelers.
A key to a Denver win will be putting tremendous pressure on Chiefs QB Mahomes, and that job will likely go to Broncos star linebacker Bradley Chubb, who has a knack for finding his way straight to opposing quarterbacks and taking them down.
In 2020, Chubb has posted 7.5 sacks – 9th most in the league – and he has 16 quarterback hits and 9 tackles for a loss with a forced fumble, so he will be making it his job on Sunday to increase those numbers at Mahomes’ expense.
Helping Chubb will be a formidable crew of quarterback chasers, including linebacker Malik Reed, who has 6.5 sacks this season, and defensive end DeMarcus Walker, who has 3.5 sacks himself, a group that can truly make or break this Week 13 game for Denver.
When RB Le’Veon Bell joined the Kansas City Chiefs back in Week 7, he joined a roster that boasted a breakout rookie star in the backfield named Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who has been turning heads with his powerful running technique that is laced with finesse and quickness.
Now add Bell to that mix and things get interesting, because if he can return to the runner he was before his famous season-long holdout with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018, the Chiefs suddenly get another effective rusher and their billionth playmaker on an already talent heavy roster.
Bell is a worker bee – he led the league in carries in 2017 with 321 and total touches with 406, a season where he posted 11 total touchdowns – and having a durable back like that will give Edwards-Helaire chances for plenty of rest throughout the game, a key to having a dangerous rushing attack for the postseason.
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