The Chiefs still control their own season. They can win the division, and have no worse than the AFC's No. 2 seed by doing nothing more complicated than winning their games.
And we can talk about how they were lucky to win the Chargers game, or the Panthers game, but it's also true that they were playing without Jeremy Maclin, Marcus Peters, and Jaye Howard (and Jamaal Charles and Parker Ehinger, but they need to get used to that), and with an injured or slowed Dee Ford, Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson and Charcandrick West ... and still would've won a game if not for a boneheaded mistake at the goal line.
Most improved: CB Steven Nelson
Another new category. Ford is the obvious choice, but because he already won best defensive player, let's give some love to Nelson. After seeing action on a meager 5 percent of the defensive snaps as a rookie, the super-competitive 2015 third-round pick has taken the field for 98 percent of this season's defensive snaps. He's a reliable nickel corner at 5-11 and 194 pounds who has defended 10 passes while projected No. 2 corner Phillip Gaines has battled injuries.
For Denver to take the game and keep up in the division race, the Broncos must play mistake free football. Offensively, the Broncos will need to get the ball upfield more to soften up the Chiefs. Since the OL play has been so poor, KC will be keeping everyone close to the LOS so don't expect much space for runs or short passes. Going with a heavy set with an extra OL to wear down the Chiefs and using the altitude could be a good option.
When the game between the Broncos and Chiefs moved to primetime on Sunday Night Football, my confidence level jumped immensely. This team revels under the bright lights of prime time at home.
Third down proved devastating to the Chiefs Sunday. The team’s offensive statistics actual look good on paper – 4 of 8 converting third downs into first downs – but the defense surrendered a conversion on 11 of 16 tries for the Buccaneers. That allowed the Bucs to control the clock for more than 35 minutes and dictate the game’s pace and direction all afternoon.
"This is a very important part of our community, the North Kansas City School District, and they’re huge Chiefs fans," Colquitt said. "You see them and their parents at Arrowhead on Sundays. So it’s important for the Chiefs, the National Dairy Council, the Midwest Dairy Council, the U.S. Department of Agriculture – all of these great platforms that we have with the NFL – to come out and really push this to our young students."
Kansas City Chiefs President Mark Donovan and members of the Chiefs Rookie Club joined together with the Derrick Thomas/Neil Smith Third and Long Foundation to distribute holiday meal items for over 30 area relief groups.
"I was starting to make a lot of 50-yard field goals 50 years ago and that was a big deal,’’ Stenerud, who won a Super Bowl ring in 1969 with the Kansas City Chiefs, said. "Now it’s big deal, darn near, if you miss from 50.’’
Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib has returned to practice and could play Sunday for the first time since Oct. 24 against the Texans. For the Chiefs, Marcus Peters, a turnover magnet in the Chiefs’ secondary, is nursing a sore hip and may miss the first Broncos and Chiefs matchup of the year.