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Chiefs vs. Broncos: Figuring Out How To Win On The Road

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DENVER - SEPTEMBER 19:  Fans head for the gates as the Seattle Seahawks face the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 19 2010 in Denver Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER - SEPTEMBER 19: Fans head for the gates as the Seattle Seahawks face the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 19 2010 in Denver Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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As Kansas City Chiefs fans, we know what playing in Denver usually brings: Losses. The Broncos have won eight of their last nine against the Chiefs in Denver. Was last year's 44-24 stomping by KC a fluke? Or was that a sign of things to come in the next decade? If the Broncos' play at home this season means anything, it's the latter.

The Broncos are 1-3 at home this year and have looked solid at times (Week 2 win over Seahawks, 31-14) and embarrassing in others (Week 7 loss to Raiders, 59-14). An average game at home for the Broncos is a 31-19 loss and they're 1-3 at home losing to the Colts, Jets and Raiders. The Broncos haven't been very good whether it's home or away.

The Chiefs aren't much better when they're on the road. They're 1-3 as well with a lone road victory against the Cleveland Browns. An average road game for the Chiefs is a 23-19 loss while they've lost to the Colts, Texans and Raiders.

Good teams, first of all, defend their home turf. The Chiefs are doing that.

The next step in becoming a good team is going on the road and winning a tough game. The Chiefs aren't doing that. When you enter the playoffs, you have to be tested on the road and pass those tests. I think there's a matter of toughness involved going into an opponent's stadium and winning. It's important the Chiefs demonstrate they're capable of that.

The Chiefs need this victory to maintain their AFC West lead but they also need it from a big picture point of view.

So...1-3 home team vs. a 1-3 road team. Who comes out on top?