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Chiefs gameplan: Scouting the Broncos (7-3) | The KC Star

The Broncos have a very strong defense, especially against the pass, but they're not invincible; teams with good running games can wear them down some. They don't miss many tackles (53, the fifth-fewest in the league according to Football Outsiders), but they've given up the fourth-most rushing yards in the NFL and eight runs of 20 yards or more, third-most. Pounding the rock and staying ahead of the sticks will be crucial for the Chiefs to keep the Broncos from pinning their ears back and coming after Smith.

Rivalry resumed: Chiefs ready for another physical, nasty game with Broncos | The KC Star

Remember when Denver sent a message with three unnecessary roughness penalties and a roughing the passer penalty in the first half of a 31-24 Chiefs loss in their first meeting last year? Reid sure did.

"This defense thinks they're a bully," Reid said recently. "The only way you can stand up to a bully is to be a bully back."

Chiefs hope to have more success against this Broncos quarterback | The KC Star

"They're not doing Peyton's no-huddle, but (Siemian) is doing what they're asking him to do very well," Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said. "He has mobility to do the bootlegs and get out of trouble. He appears to a sharp guy on the field, and we really have to come after him."

Manning's retirement is fine with the Chiefs. The future Hall of Famer won 14 of his first 15 starts against the Chiefs, including his time with the Colts and postseason games.

Chiefs' Jeremy Maclin, Dee For will sit vs. Broncos | The KC Star

Four other Chiefs starters — cornerback Marcus Peters (hip), inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (Achilles), nose tackle Dontari Poe (back) and cornerback Steven Nelson (neck) — are listed as questionable to play in the 7:30 p.m. game at Denver.

Chiefs at Broncos Week 12: Who has the edge and three keys to a Denver win | Denver Post

Spencer Ware is the guy now with Jamaal Charles’ knees having betrayed him. The Chiefs haven’t been as strong on the ground as they normally are (21st in the NFL), but Ware is a big-play weapon and quarterback Alex Smith is also a threat. The Broncos’ run defense has been poor all year and even after a decent showing two weeks ago they still have the NFL’s fourth-worst unit. Edge: Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs are ready for Sunday Night Football | NBC Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs travel to Denver to face the Broncos in what should be a tightly-contested game between AFC West contenders (8:30 p.m.

The Raiders, Broncos and Chiefs are slugging it out for the AFC West title |

The four teams in the division have a combined record of 26-14, good for a 0.650 winning percentage that is second-best to only the NFC East. They have a combined point differential of plus-128, again second to only the NFC East. They also have three teams currently in playoff position, a distinction they share with ... the NFC East.

Broncos sign long snapper Thomas Gafford, waive Kilgo | FOX31 Denver

The signing of Gafford comes at an interesting time as the Broncos prepare to take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Gafford was the long snapper for the Chiefs for seven seasons and will play his old team at Mile High on Sunday night.

Expect a low scoring defensive battle between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs | Mile High Report

1) I'm seeing a lot of similarities between our teams as we meet for the first time in 2016...very good defenses with strong pass rushers and very lackluster offenses for instance. What advantages and weaknesses do you see for KC in this week's game?

Philip Rivers believes playoffs within reach for San Diego Chargers | ESPN

Even though his team sits at 4-6 -- three games behind the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos and four games behind the Oakland Raiders in the AFC West -- always-optimistic San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers says his squad can make one final run at the postseason. "We’ve got six to play and crazier things have happened," Rivers said, pointing to Miami of Ohio reeling off six straight wins after starting the season 0-6 and finishing one game away from winning the MAC title.

Broncos-Chiefs winner has inside track to playoff bid | ESPN

Turnovers determine the results of a lot of games, but that’s particularly true for the Chiefs, who have forced at least two turnovers in six of their seven victories this season. The Chiefs don’t get a lot of big offensive plays and they tend to stall once inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, so they depend on turnovers to provide field position and to directly score points. The Chiefs are tied for first in the league in turnover margin (plus-13), while the Broncos will give the ball away (15 turnovers, including seven in the past three games). Given the way the Chiefs have struggled to score offensively, combined with the strength of the Denver defense, it’s difficult to picture the Chiefs winning without taking the ball away from the Broncos two or more times.

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