Arrowhead Stadium will be absolutely rocking on Thursday Night Football as the 1-0 Kansas City Chiefs take on the 1-0 Denver Broncos. This AFC West matchup has been highly anticipated, especially after the Chiefs dispatched the Houston Texans in Week 1, 27-20. The Chiefs offense looked sharp in that game and they'll need another big game against Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas and the rest of Denver's offense.
While Manning looked like a regular human being last week, this is still someone who threw for 4,7000 yards and 39 touchdowns last year. He didn't lose it all that quickly. The Chiefs rookie cornerback Marcus Peters will be picked on as he continues to play a lot with Sean Smith suspended.
The Week 2 NFL odds say the Chiefs are a 3-point favorite over the Broncos, who are 6-0 against the Chiefs under Peyton Manning. This seems like the Chiefs best shot to take down Manning and the Broncos because the Chiefs defense has the ability to play lights out with Justin Houston and Tamba Hali coming off the edge as well as that talented secondary holding things down. Remember, this secondary didn't allow a 300-yard passer last season while Houston was racking up 22 sacks.
The Broncos defense, however, is very strong as well. They will be able to get pressure on the Chiefs by rushing only four or five which means everyone else can sit in coverage. It will be important for Alex Smith to make smart decisions and connect with Travis Kelce, Jamaal Charles and Jeremy Maclin.
Nuts and bolts
Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Game time: Thursday, September 17, 7:25 p.m. (Arrowhead Time)
TV channel: CBS / KCTV-5 / NFL Network (Do I get the game?)
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass (Live audio, replay after it's over)
Matchup history: 56-54 (all-time), 24-19 (at Arrowhead)
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (sideline)
Enemy blog: Mile High Report
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Week 1: @ Houston Texans (W: 27-20)
Week 2: Denver Broncos (TNF, Sept. 17, 7:25 p.m., NFL Network)
Week 3: @ Green Bay Packers (MNF, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., ESPN)
Week 4: @ Cincinnati Bengals (Oct. 4, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 5: Chicago Bears (Oct. 11, 12 p.m., Fox)
Week 6: @ Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 18, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 7: Pittsburgh Steelers (Oct. 25, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 8: Detroit Lions (London, Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m., Fox)
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: @ Denver Broncos (Nov. 15, 3:25 p.m., CBS)
Week 11: @ San Diego Chargers (SNF, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., NBC)
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)