The 9-2 KC Chiefs get their second crack at the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The Broncos, who are also 9-2, are the 5.5-point favorites as the Chiefs look to face Peyton Manning without arguably their top defensive player in Justin Houston, who is out with an elbow injury. Tamba Hali could play still play.
The Broncos beat the Chiefs just two weeks ago in Denver, 27-17. In that game the Chiefs failed to get to Peyton Manning which once again remains a priority for the Chiefs entering Sunday's game.
With both teams sitting at 9-2, this game means quite a bit. A Chiefs win gives them the division lead with four games left to play. A Broncos win gives Denver the division lead and a commanding 2-0 head-to-head record over the Chiefs, who would then have their third division loss. Basically the Chiefs need to win this game to keep hope alive for an AFC West title and thus home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
All the nuts and bolts of the game are below.
One note: I don't know which uniforms the Chiefs will wear. Because it's a big game, lots of fans want the Chiefs to wear the red-on-red uniforms. I have no idea if they will or not.
Game time: Sunday, December 1, 3:25 p.m. (Arrowhead Time)
Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
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Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Radio: 101.1 The Fox (Click listen live), Sirius 86 (Internet 815)
Odds: Broncos favored by 5.5
Series history: 56-51 (Chiefs lead); 24-16 at Arrowhead (Chiefs lead)
Last game: Chiefs lost in Denver, 27-17, 11/17/2013
Last Chiefs win at Arrowhead vs. Denver: 12/5/2010, 10-6
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Chiefs injury report
OUT S Sanders Commings (shoulder), LB Justin Houston (elbow)
PROBABLE G Jeff Allen (groin), DE Mike Catapano (ankle), DE Tyson Jackson (abdomen), RB Anthony Sherman (knee)
Broncos injury report
QUESTIONABLE CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (shoulder), TE Julius Thomas (knee)
PROBABLE CB Champ Bailey (foot), S Omar Bolden (concussion), T Chris Clark (thumb, thigh), TE Joel Dreessen (knee), T Orlando Franklin (ankle), T Winston Justice (finger), G Chris Kuper (ankle), QB Peyton Manning (ankle), RB Knowshon Moreno (ankle), C J.D. Walton (ankle), CB Kayvon Webster (ankle), WR Wes Welker (ankle)
Arrowhead Pride picks
Matt Verderame: Chiefs 35, Broncos 31
Joel Thorman: Broncos 27, Chiefs 23
MNChiefsFan: Chiefs 31, Broncos 27
Matt Conner: Broncos 31, Chiefs 17
Chiefs 2013 schedule: 4 games left!