The Chiefs are favored by exactly 10 points Sunday against the Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium in a Week 8 matchup. According to BetDSI, that’s a first. The website has tracked odds post-1985, and the Chiefs have never been on the right end of a line that large against their rivals from Mile High. And it’s even more rare than at first glance. The Broncos have not been this large of an underdog in the last three years, per ScoresAndOdds.com.
The burst that carried Chiefs rookie linebacker Dorian O’Daniel past two would-be blockers, the vicious shoulder blow delivered with bad intentions to Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon, O’Daniel’s emphatic flexing of muscles and exuberant pounding of his fist against his own chest — they were all months in the making.
While “Showtime” Patrick Mahomes and the pass catchers — speedy Tyreek Hill, dominant Travis Kelce, and free-agent addition Sammy Watkins — have garnered much of the attention and hype, running back Kareem Hunt may be the most important non-quarterback for the offense.
On the podcast, I gave my top three, but I’m going to expand the list for Traina Thoughts and give you my 10 Most Exciting Teams To Watch in 2018:
Demaryius Thomas Not on the Block
The Denver Broncos are still technically in the playoff hunt at 3-4, but their chances of overtaking the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West are extremely slim. A loss to the Chiefs this weekend could essentially end Denver’s bid in the division.
Therefore, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Denver shipping off some of its assets it doesn’t see as part of the future for the right price. Wideout Demaryius Thomas could be just such a piece.
The next best thing to Hill is Brandin Cooks, who’s inexplicably on his third team in three years despite currently being second to Hill in both of those categories -- 40-plus yard plays (10) and yards per target (10.45) since the start of 2017.
A rematch with the Broncos already? It feels like just yesterday we were out in Denver watching Patrick Mahomes throw a left handed pass to Tyreek Hill late in the game to give the Chiefs the eventual win. The schedule makers in New York aren’t really doing us any favors. I would LOVE to play the Broncos on the last day of the season but alas we are here and have to beat this team twice in one month. The game out in Mile High was a scary one. The Broncos played the Chiefs better than any opponent this season so clearly they aren’t afraid of the speed and problems the Chiefs present on offense. If KC wants to get a 2nd win over Denver in 2018, here is what they need to do:
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It is the first time the NFL has fired an official in-season during the Super Bowl era because of performance.
In a story published Thursday by Forbes, the Pittsburgh Steelers legend credited the NFL for taking steps to protect the health and safety of modern football players while also admitting that the vast changes to the game might have curtailed the physically that helped him reach the Hall of Fame.
“As simply as I can put it, I missed a kick,” Tucker said Wednesday, via the team’s official website. “We’re probably going to make a lot more. In fact, I know we will. I’ll leave it at that.”
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Editor’s note: The Chiefs released statements on the injuries to Jordan Devey, Terrance Smith and Daniel Sorensen on Wednesday. Let’s bring in our in-house injury expert, Aaron Borgmann, to provide some notes.
If Patrick Mahomes was a golfer, he could drive a golf ball farther than anyone. But the subtleties to his game he reveals every week are what will eventually have him at the top of the leaderboard. This week wasn’t requiring him to pull out the 1-wood as much as other weeks, but he got a chance to show how well rounded the rest of his game is starting to become.
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