The 3-5 Kansas City Chiefs visit Denver to take on the 7-1 Denver Broncos with plenty of AFC Wild Card implications on the line for the Chiefs. The current NFL playoff picture has the Chiefs out of the playoffs if they started today but because the conference is so weak this year they are still in the race.
The second half of the Chiefs season starts in Denver, where they are 0-5 against the Peyton Manning-led Broncos. Manning leads the NFL in interceptions this year with just nine touchdown passes to go along with it so he is clearly a different quarterback this year. The Chiefs did a nice job against him in Week 2 but he led the Broncos on a game-tying drive late in the game, and then the Broncos recovered a Jamaal Charles fumble to seal the game. There is a thought that the Chiefs 1-5 start to the season could be blamed on a hangover effect from that devastating loss.
The Chiefs are 5.5-point underdogs in this game. I wouldn't call this a must-win but it's darn close because the Chiefs currently sit at 3-5. They probably need nine wins to consider a shot at the playoffs.
As for who will win, there are some people picking the Chiefs but not many. They will have to win the turnover battle - they can't win with five turnovers like they had last time against Denver. I am not picking the Chiefs to win because I am not sure how they will score on the Broncos defense. I expect this to be a low-scoring, one-score game. Anything can happen in the fourth quarter...
Here are your nuts and bolts for Sunday's game.
Nuts and bolts
Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
Game time: Sunday, November 15, 3:25 p.m. (Arrowhead Time)
TV channel: CBS (Do I get the game?)
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass (Live audio, replay after it's over)
Matchup history: Chiefs lead 56-55 (all-time)
Announcers: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (sideline)
Enemy blog: Mile High Report
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Week 1: @ Houston Texans (W: 27-20)
Week 2: Denver Broncos (L: 31-24)
Week 3: @ Green Bay Packers (L: 38-28)
Week 4: @ Cincinnati Bengals (L: 36-21)
Week 5: Chicago Bears (L: 18-17)
Week 6: @ Minnesota Vikings (L: 16-10)
Week 7: Pittsburgh Steelers (W: 23-13)
Week 8: Detroit Lions (W: 45-10)
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: @ Denver Broncos (Nov. 15, 3:25 p.m., CBS)
Week 11: @ San Diego Chargers (Nov. 22, 3:25 p.m., CBS)
Week 12: Buffalo Bills (Nov. 29, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 13: @ Oakland Raiders (Dec. 6, 3:05 p.m., CBS)
Week 14: San Diego Chargers (Dec. 13, 12 p.m, CBS)
Week 15: @ Baltimore Ravens (Dec. 20, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 16: Cleveland Browns (Dec. 27, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 17: Oakland Raiders (Jan. 3, 12 p.m., CBS)