The Kansas City Chiefs will play the Denver Broncos this weekend and recent history says this game will be a blowout -- except we're not sure who wins. The last meeting came in Week 10 and the Broncos embarrassed KC, 49-29.
But that was just the latest in recent blowouts between the two teams.
The 2009 season finale saw the Broncos, who were competing for a playoff spot, get pummeled by KC at their own house, 44-24. That was payback for the 44-13 home loss the Broncos had handed the Chiefs at Arrowhead earlier in the season. Going back to the 2008 season, the Chiefs lost by just seven in Denver but turned up the heat when the Broncos came to Arrowhead and won, 33-19. Denver had a nice lookin' 2007 season as they beat up on KC 41-7 in Denver and did the same in Kansas City, 27-11. Five of the last six games have been in blowout territory.
I usually say we should prepare for these divisional games to be close and hard fought games no matter the level of the opponent because that just seems to happen within the division. Recent history would say I'm wrong in that regard.
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels talked about KC on Wednesday and sounded like he knew the Chiefs could just as quickly turned the tables on the Broncos.
"The Chiefs have played very well there this year," McDaniels said, "they are undefeated, 5-0, their offense has averaged over 200 yards rushing every game that they have played at home, their defense has only given up 13 points a game at home and has not surrendered more than 20 points in a game all season there. So, we know that all of the problems that they present are magnified playing in that stadium."
I think that last line is the best way to put it. The Chiefs just raise it up a notch and the the things they do well, they do really well in Arrowhead.