These two teams will be facing each other for the second time in three weeks. When they played in Denver during Week 14, the Chiefs began the week as 8.5-point favorites over their longtime division rival.
As the first half was drawing to a close, Kansas City had built up a 27-0 lead — but then quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw two interceptions that fed a streak of 21 answered points that put Denver back in the game. The Chiefs emerged with a 34-28 victory, but fans worried about giving up 28 points to a team that hadn’t scored more than 23 all season.
A week later, the Broncos exceeded that figure once again when they earned their fourth win of the season with a 24-15 home victory over the 4-9 Arizona Cardinals — and then on Christmas Day, turned in a 51-14 road loss to the 4-10 Los Angeles Rams. Meanwhile, the Chiefs were defeating the cellar-dwelling Houston Texans 30-24 in overtime and took care of business with a 24-10 Christmas Eve win over the 7-7 Seattle Seahawks.
And now — according to DraftKings Sportsbook — Kansas City has opened as an 11.5-point home favorite for this Sunday’s rematch with Denver.