Monday Night Football this week will take us to the Mile High City where Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will have a chance to showcase his skills that have taken the NFL by storm on a national stage as the only game on. He will also be going against a team that still features a pretty good defense, especially pass rush and has been improved on offense this season after adding Case Keenum in the offseason.
Chiefs offense vs Broncos defense
This Chiefs offense has been the story of the NFL so far this season with Patrick Mahomes throwing bomb touchdowns to his array of targets, but this week they will face the biggest test they have seen this season. Not only are the Broncos the best defense they will have seen this season, but going into Denver and winning has never been an easy task.
A couple of Bronco defenders are listed as questionable, and those players are linebacker Brandon Marshall and cornerback Trumaine Brock. Marshall is a key piece in the middle of that defense and if he’s limited, or unable to go, that will be a tough blow to the Broncos defense. The secondary will still have Chris Harris and Bradley Roby as Brock is more for depth, but going against as many targets as Kansas City has, the Broncos will need all hands on deck to try and slow this defense down at every level.
If any team could get up and press these receivers and use their pass rush to put pressure on Mahomes, this defense is a good candidate to do it, but then you also have a tough matchup at tight end with Travis Kelce. For Denver to be the first team to slow down this high-powered offense this season, they’ll need to stop the run and then need Bradley Chubb and Von Miller to have huge games off the edge.
Broncos offense vs Chiefs defense
This matchup isn’t going to be as interesting to most people, but this has been an improved Denver offense and to put it frankly, this Chiefs defense has been bad so far this season.
Denver seems to have found a nice duo of running backs that compliment each other with rookies Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay. Freeman being more of the bruiser and Lindsay more being the guy that makes big plays and gets involved in the passing game.
It wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see Denver finish this game with around 30 points when you factor in their new running back duo, still having the dangerous receiver tandem of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, and then adding Case Keenum to this offense to make them more of a threat in the passing game.
Denver did suffer a big loss on offense last week when they had to put tight end Jake Butt on injured reserve. Jeff Heuerman is still a good player at tight end, but they had a nice thing going with both of those guys and now they are down one of them.
This is way more interesting to break down than most special team battles are. With the kickers and punters I give the edge to Brandon McManus and Marquette King, but in the return game, Kansas City has two very dangerous players. De’Anthony Thomas can definitely make a big kick return happen if he is given a crease and then you have Tyreek Hill doing punt returns and he’s as much of a threat to take it to the house on any given snap as anyone we’ve seen in the NFL in a while.
I’ll give a slight edge to Denver because it’s easier to avoid letting returns happen than it is to get off a good punt and flip field position or to make a long field goal.
This game really excites me. Kansas City has looked unstoppable on offense this year, but like I said, this is the best defense they will have seen so far this season and going on the road to Denver is not easy. I also like the Denver offense against what’s been a bad Kansas City defense.
With all that being said, I called for a San Francisco upset in Kansas City last week and was burned, so I’m not going to predict a game of a down slide for Patrick Mahomes and a Chiefs loss until it actually happens.