In the current Broncos greatness, the Raiders have been less than irrelevant. Hating the Raiders has been a staple of the experience, but wins were almost a forgone conclusion. Kansas City has been the true test. Of course, many young Broncos fans may see the Chiefs as a bigger rival. They have had more success than the Raiders in recent years, making Kansas City a more important rival.
Ferentz plays center for the Broncos’ first-team offense during the week. No other reserve gets that kind of practice time. But, Paradis has taken every offensive snap in the 29 games (counting postseason) since becoming the Broncos’ starting center at the beginning of the 2015 season. Two bum hips have forced the Broncos to become more judicious in when they ask Paradis to snap.
10. Chiefs and Broncos look to keep pace in the AFC West: The loser might be forced to go the wild-card route, while the winner would still be in the division-title race with Oakland. These two have had some fun games over the years. It's too bad Dee Ford isn't going. We would have the full complement of dynamic pass rushers if he were playing in this one.
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston delivered a Thanksgiving meal to a family in need.
Five starters – linebacker Dee Ford (hamstring), wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (groin), nose tackle Dontari Poe (knee), Jaye Howard (hip), and linebacker Derrick Johnson – all didn't practice.
Then there are the Kansas City Chiefs, a team that does many things well but nothing great. They don't have Oakland's high-powered offense. They don't have Denver's punishing defense. And if quarterback Alex Smith doesn't ratchet up his game in a hurry ahead of Sunday's showdown with the Broncos in Denver, the Chiefs aren't going to have much of a shot at winning the division or making noise in the AFC playoffs.
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Pitt cornerback Ryan Lewis comes from a long line of defensive backs. His father, Will Lewis, played in the NFL and now is the Kansas City Chiefs’ director of pro scouting. His uncle, Tim Lewis, and cousins Louis Riddick, Ian Riddick and Tristan Roberts played on defense for Pitt.
With the Broncos at home this Sunday, most experts appear to be taking them to win. Nine out of 10 experts from ESPN.com are choosing Denver – with Dan Graziano being the lone prognosticator to choose the Chiefs.