Chiefs-Broncos Sunday Night Pre-Game

From Arrowhead Stadium

7 p.m. – It’s just about 30 minutes away from kickoff for the Chiefs and Broncos. Our post-game coverage will begin in the hours immediately after the game and run through the night and into the morning – for as long as we can see the computer screen to type. Comeback for all the info and enjoy the game.

6:55 p.m. – For what it’s worth: neither starting quarterback is wearing a glove on his right hand during the warmup period. It will be interesting to see if that lasts into the game. It’s not wet, but it’s cold.

6:50 p.m. – Both teams are on the field for their warm-up periods but unlike most weeks, there is little in the way of fraternizing between the teams. Other than the punting Colquitt brothers, there has not been much in the way of the ‘Hi, how are you?’ greetings. That tells you something about the importance of the game. Update: Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio wandered over to share a few words with Reid.

6:45 p.m. – The Chiefs have not yet announced officially who will start at left cornerback with Ron Parker moving to safety, but expect rookie Phillip Gaines to get the call. With veteran cornerback Chris Owens active and ready to fill the slot position, Gaines will likely get the call to go head-to-head against Demaryius Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders.

6:40 p.m. – A few minutes ago, the early arriving crowd in the stadium showered the field with boos, but there was not a single Broncos player on the grass. The catcalls were all directed at Denver general manager John Elway; he has to be the only league G.M. that gets that kind of reaction at Arrowhead or other stadiums of the AFC West.

6:35 p.m. – With starting left cornerback Aqib Talib out of action for the game because of a hamstring injury, rookie Bradley Roby is expected to move into the starting lineup for the Broncos defense. Expect Chris Harris to play the nickel back role, including lining up a great deal on Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Denver was able to cover Bowe effectively for the last several years by putting now retired Champ Bailey on him man-to-man.

6:30 p.m. – Connor Barth was signed in the last week to take over the Broncos kicking duties. He began his NFL career with the Chiefs in 2008, replacing Nick Novak at mid-season. He ended up kicking in one of the coldest games ever played at Arrowhead, making a 27-yard field goal in wind-chill conditions of minus-12 degrees in a December loss to Miami. The week before in wind-chill conditions of the mid 20s, he missed field goals of 34 and 50 yards against San Diego. In his pre-game warmup session, he was well short from 53 yards.

6:25 p.m. – In his pre-game kicking session, Cairo Santos had some inconsistency kicking towards the east goal posts, where he appeared to be dealing with a strong crosswind over his right shoulder. He made one of two kicks for 42 yards, good from 48 but from 52 yards he hit the crossbar. Kicking to the west goal posts, Santos was good from 42 and 49 yards, but was short on a 50-yarder.

6:20 p.m. – The National Weather Service forecast for this evening in Kansas City is partly cloudy skies with a low around 15 degrees. There’s a stiff north-northwest wind blowing around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. The flags on the west end of Arrowhead are blowing straight out, barely ruffling in the cold breeze. Current temperature is 29 degrees, with a predicted temperature of the lows 20s by half-time.

6:15 p.m. – The Chiefs will wear all-red uniforms for the Sunday night game, the third time they’ve done that in franchise history. The previous two, including the New England game earlier this season, all ended with Chiefs victories.

6:10 p.m. – T-shirt that the Chiefs players will wear under their uniforms during tonight’s game. That’s right guard Zach Fulton:

6:05 p.m. – Reaction to inactive player decisions: with the Chiefs no surprises among those seven players. Jamell Fleming practiced last week, but there must have been a setback or a belief from the coaching staff or trainers that he wasn’t ready to be a full-time player. With Denver, the Broncos chances hurt on offense without tight end Julius Thomas and on defense without starter left corner Aqib Talib. With Talib and cornerback Kayvon Webster both inactive for the game, Denver is limited on the corner.

6 p.m. – The inactive players for the Broncos in this game against the Chiefs are running back Montee Ball, running back Ronnie Hillman, cornerback Kayvon Webster, tight end Julius Thomas, cornerback Aqib Talib, offensive tackle Michael Schofield, offensive tackle Chris Clark.

5:55 p.m. – The inactive players for the Chiefs in this game against Broncos are quarterback Aaron Murray, cornerback Jamell Fleming, wide receiver Junior Hemingway, center Eric Kush, guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, defensive end Nick Williams, tight end Phillip Supernaw.

5:50 p.m. – Good evening from the Truman Sports Complex where the Chiefs host the Broncos in a huge game for the home team when it comes to remaining in some control of their post-season future. We will bring you items, tidbits and observations from the stadium, including the game-day inactive players that will be named here in just a few moments.


Chiefs-Broncos Battle for Control Of AFC West

There are not a lot of mysteries when the Chiefs and Broncos face each other twice a season. Always there are a few new faces on the field, different plot lines playing out with each team.

But no matter the faces in place on the field and sidelines, it’s always just Kansas City versus Denver – teams that don’t like each other and play hard fought games that sometimes create classic moments.

They will meet again Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium in front of a national television lineup. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. with television coverage on NBC.

These teams met back in week two of the 2014 season and while it did not create a classic moment that will be remembered in this rivalry’s history, it was another episode where the teams were competing for victory down through the final ticks of the clock. Fourth quarter, 105 seconds to play and the Chiefs offense had the ball 1st-and-goal at the Denver 9-yard line. Needing a touchdown to tie, the Chiefs gained 2, 3 and no yards, before on 4th-down quarterback Alex Smith’s pass to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was knocked down by Broncos defensive lineman Terrance Knighton.

That’s been the trend in recent seasons in these games – Denver has won five in a row and they’ve proven they are not hamstrung by the noise and passion of the Arrowhead crowd, winning three straight. Peyton Manning has a track record that shows Arrowhead didn’t really bother him, whether wearing a horse shoe on his helmet or a horse’s head. …Read More!

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