Through 3 Quarters
Down one at the end of last quarter, the Kansas City Chiefs have taken the lead. It's still tight after three quarters, with Kansas City leading 19-16 over the Denver Broncos.
The Chiefs have been relying on TE Travis Kelce, who has caught six passes for one TD and 119 yards, and QB Patrick Mahomes, who has passed for one TD and 270 yards on 31 attempts. Mahomes has been efficient, with a passer rating of 148.30. K Harrison Butker has added his talents, too, launching four field goals between the uprights.
Denver has been led by RB Melvin Gordon, who so far has picked up 117 yards on the ground on 12 carries.
Denver hasn't lost 86% of the games in which they were down heading into the final period this season, so a victory here would be refreshing.
Denver @ Kansas City
Current Records: Denver 4-7; Kansas City 10-1
What to Know
The Kansas City Chiefs are 9-0 against the Denver Broncos since November of 2016, and they'll have a chance to extend that success on Sunday. Kansas City and Denver will face off in an AFC West battle at 8:20 p.m. ET at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs should still be riding high after a win, while the Broncos will be looking to right the ship.
Last week, Kansas City narrowly escaped with a victory as the team sidled past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-24. The team accrued 20 points in the first half and coasted on those for the victory. It was another big night for Kansas City's WR Tyreek Hill, who caught 13 passes for three TDs and 269 yards. One of the most thrilling moments was Hill's 75-yard TD reception down the right side of the field in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, Denver was expected to have a tough go of it last week, and, well, they did. Their painful 31-3 defeat to the New Orleans Saints might stick with them for a while. The Broncos were down 24-3 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. WR Kendall Hinton had a memorable game, but not in the way you want to be remembered: he threw two interceptions.
The Chiefs are the favorite in this one, with an expected 13-point margin of victory. Those sticking with them against the spread have guts, to put it politely, as the squad has let down bettors in their past three games.
Kansas City's win brought them up to 10-1 while Denver's loss pulled them down to 4-7. Two stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Kansas City ranks first in the NFL when it comes to thrown interceptions, with only two on the season. On the other end of the spectrum, the Broncos are worst in the league in thrown interceptions, having thrown 19 on the season. Their sloppiness could come back to bite them.
How To Watch
- When: Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET
- Where: Arrowhead Stadium -- Kansas City, Missouri
- TV: NBC
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $320.00
The Chiefs are a big 13-point favorite against the Broncos, according to the latest NFL odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Chiefs as a 13.5-point favorite.
Kansas City have won ten out of their last 11 games against Denver.
- Oct 25, 2020 - Kansas City 43 vs. Denver 16
- Dec 15, 2019 - Kansas City 23 vs. Denver 3
- Oct 17, 2019 - Kansas City 30 vs. Denver 6
- Oct 28, 2018 - Kansas City 30 vs. Denver 23
- Oct 01, 2018 - Kansas City 27 vs. Denver 23
- Dec 31, 2017 - Kansas City 27 vs. Denver 24
- Oct 30, 2017 - Kansas City 29 vs. Denver 19
- Dec 25, 2016 - Kansas City 33 vs. Denver 10
- Nov 27, 2016 - Kansas City 30 vs. Denver 27
- Nov 15, 2015 - Kansas City 29 vs. Denver 13
- Sep 17, 2015 - Denver 31 vs. Kansas City 24
Top Projected Fantasy Players
- Patrick Mahomes: 26.67 points
- Tyreek Hill: 13.83 points
- Travis Kelce: 9.82 points