These stats are from the last five meetings between the two teams.
|3rd Down Conversions||17/57||24/63|
|4th Down Conversions||2 of 5||5 of 7|
|Total Plays||300 for 1635 yards||321 for 1648 yards|
|Rushing Plays||147 for 676 yards||156 for 677 yards|
|Passing Plays (Comp/Att)||89/147||92/157|
|Punts||17 for 681 net yards||19 for 706 net yards|
|Penalties||31 for 193 yards||31 for 234 yards|
|Time of Possession||29:31||31:39|
|Kick Returns||19 for 392 yards||20 for 499 yards|
|Punt Returns||7 for 4 yards||15 for 113 yards|
|Interception Returns||6 for 65 yards||5 for 12 yards|
If you've paid any attention to the Denver Broncos this season, you've seen a team struggling almost as much as the Chiefs have. Off-season tragedy and in-season injuries have demoralized a once proud franchise. They're in a similar boat as the Chiefs in the AFC West. They've been within a game or two of the division leading Chargers for most of the season, as have the Chiefs. But as San Diego begins to pull away from the rest of a very weak pack, I expect the Chiefs and Broncos to be the ones battling for second place in the division.
Here's where the Broncos currently stand, relative to the rest of the league.
- 18th in points scored per game (20.1)
- 8th in yards per game (349.4)
- 13th in passing yards (228.6)
- 10th in rushing yards (120.8)
- 31st in points allowed (27.4)
- 27th in yards allowed (351.9)
- 9th in passing yards allowed (202.8)
- 31st in rushing yards allowed (149.1)
In 2005, the Chiefs were walloped at Mile High by twenty points on the strength of a Bronco rushing attack that ran the ball for 221 yards.
The 2004 Mile High match up between the two teams was yet another display of the Bronco's running prowess, as Quentin Griffin rushed 23 times for 156 yards and two touchdowns. The Chiefs lost 34 to 24, despite both teams putting up seventeen points a piece in the second half.
The 2003 match up was the definition of a shoot out, with the Chiefs losing 45 to 27. Trent Green passed for nearly 400 yards on 47 attempts while the Chiefs as a whole garnered 444 yards of offense. The Chiefs' effort was matched tne exceeded by the Broncos, as Denver compiled 508 yards of total offense. Clinton Portis rushed for 218 yards and five touchdowns that game. Oddly enough, Dante Hall was the primary go to guy for Trent Green, catching eleven passes for 124 yards.
2002 was another monster offensive game for both sides. The Chiefs lost 31 to 24 in a game that wasn't as close as the score would indicate. The Chiefs rallied in the second half, where they scored all of their points. Dante Hall killed the Broncos again, catching five balls for 143 yards and two touchdowns. One of those catches was a 75-yard touchdown pass from Trent Green.
You have to go back to 2000 to find the last time the Chiefs beat the Broncos in Denver. Despite the losses in Denver, the Chiefs do have something working in their favor- The Bronco's home field advantage has been fading. The Sports Guru from the Mile High Report says it best:
This battle between two struggling teams would be completely boring if it wasn't the Chiefs and Broncos. Don't expect a high level of play on the field. But do expect a good game between two teams trying to salvage their season. The Chiefs need to rally in the last quarter of the season so they can take that momentum into 2008. The Bronco's historical home field advantage is in danger of getting another black eye. Desperation usually fuels a great game and I don't expect this weekend to be any different.
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