- This will be the 104th regular-season meeting between these original members of the American Football League. The Chiefs had the series edge with a 55-48 record over the Broncos. Those 55 victories are the most the Chiefs have over any opponent they’ve played over the last 52 years.
- The Chiefs and Broncos have played each other once in the playoffs, that in 1997 when the visiting Broncos grabbed a 14-10 victory at Arrowhead Stadium in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs.
- In seven of the last eight seasons, the Chiefs and Broncos have split their annual two-game series. In 2007, the Broncos had a sweep. The last time the Chiefs have taken two from the Broncos was in 2000 when Gunther Cunningham led K.C. to victories by one and 13 points
- Winning in Denver has not been easy for the Chiefs over the last few decades. Over the last 10 years, they’ve won just once in the mile high city, that coming in the final game of the 2009 season when they left town with a 44-24 victory. Overall, the Broncos have a 33-19 edge against the Chiefs in games played in Denver.
- When both of these teams were born in the inaugural season of the American Football League, the Chiefs β then the Dallas Texans β were one of the new league’s best teams, while the Broncos were one of the weakest clubs. In the first 10 seasons of play (1960-69), the Texans-Chiefs were 19-1 against the Broncos. At various points in the first 15 years of the series between the teams, the Chiefs held winning streaks of 11, eight and six games.
Special teams need rebound
Last Sunday was not a good day for the Chiefs kicking game in losing to the Raiders. They cannot afford another against the Broncos. Denver has a pair of punt return touchdowns from two different players β wide receivers Eddie Royal and Eric Decker. Amazingly, neither one is the primary returner on the season; that’s Quan Cosby. Punter Britton Colquitt has had a season that matches his brother’s and in some ways has surpassed Dustin. A TD off a return is something the Chiefs have not seen since the 2010 season opener. They need another one now.
Score some touchdowns
Over the last eight games, the Chiefs have not scored more than one touchdown in a game. In three of those games they didn’t score a single touchdown. It’s the biggest reason they are 2-6 in those last eight games. It’s not like they haven’t had the opportunities because they have had 17 trips to the scoring zone, but that produced only three TDs and eight FGs.
Control the Broncos run/option game
Although it comes in a form different than it did during the glory days of Mike Shanahan as head coach, Denver can still run the ball; they in fact lead the league in rushing after 15 games, with an average of 161.1 yards per game. They also showed their affinity for the run game in the first meeting between these teams when the Broncos ran for 244 yards at Arrowhead. It was the worst rush defense performance of the season for Romeo Crennel’s unit; they can’t afford a similar performance.
Stymie Any Tebow Comeback
There’s one way to stay out of the Tebow 4th Quarter Magic Show β don’t allow the Broncos even the slightest belief they can still win the game in the fourth quarter. For a team like the Chiefs that has trouble putting points on the board, this may be an impossible task. Denver has scored 118 points in the fourth quarter, compared to the 205 points the Chiefs have scored in all four quarters. But somehow they must establish a lead, protect it into the fourth quarter and not adding to the Tebow legend.