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Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos
Sunday, November 27, 2016
According to the Broncos, the playoffs start Sunday.
I love that kind of thinking and, from what I understand (and I DON’T understand all the tie breaker scenarios), if the Broncos win their next six, they take the top seed in the AFC playoff bracket.
That would be great.
What would be more immediately great is if they beat the Chiefs Sunday night at Sports Authority Field. The Chiefs come in having surprisingly lost last week at home to the Buccaneers. They are looking to prove they are for real. The Broncos come in with much the same agenda – and they come in as healthy as they have been since Week Two.
KEY MATCH UP
The Broncos get Aqib Talib back on the field Sunday night. Make no mistake, the defense (which is terrific) is better with Talib on the field. They feed off his energy and they feed off his confidence. It also allows the Broncos to be more clever in play calling and to really shut down a passing game.
The Chiefs aren’t particularly great through the air at any rate. Having to throw at Talib won’t help an Alex Smith who is struggling and doesn’t look like the quarterback he was last year.
The Chiefs are a little banged up on their defensive front. The Broncos want to run the ball. The Broncos need to run the ball. The Broncos will try to run the ball.
Establish the run, and the Broncos may be able to win this game in relatively convincing fashion. Struggle in the run game and this may be a long afternoon with the outcome in doubt until the end of the game.
As the push to the playoffs, the Broncos want the ground game to perk up and dominate. I don’t think they will get away from it too quickly Sunday night no matter the score of the game.
This game is the first of three in the division in the Broncos’ last six. They really do control their destiny in terms of winning the division and reaching the playoffs. It’s time to play their best football of the year.
Denver, coming off the Bye, will put together its most complete game of the season, limit the Chiefs passing game, control their running game and come out with a fairly impressive win.