Broncos - Chiefs: Preview

Working on the back of an impressive victory against New England, The Broncos are preparing to face the reigning Superbowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Brandon McManus kicked the Broncos to their second win of the season last weekend in Foxboro. Perhaps a surprising victory for many, the Denver Broncos defeated the New England Patriots by a final score of 18-12. All 18 of the Broncos points coming on six Brandon McManus field goals, a feat which earned him the AFC Special Team’s Player of The Week.

The Broncos are going to need more than field goals if they want to walk away with a win this weekend. They play the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Chiefs enter week seven with a 5-1 record and while the Broncos sit at 2-3. The Chiefs only loss of the season came to the Las Vegas Raiders in a surprise divisional upset loss at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chiefs are now 1-1 in divisional games having beat the Chargers in week two. This adds a little bit of extra motivation for the Broncos who can put some breathing room between themselves and the fourth place Chargers this weekend with a win. It would also up the ante on the playoff race with there now being seven spots up for grabs in each conference.

The Broncos had ups and downs last weekend. The rushing game took off through Phillip Lindsay who had 101 yards on 23 carries. He was tearing apart a Patriots defense which is historically known for stopping the run and was able to singlehandedly move the Broncos offense down the field. Defensively, the Broncos showed up big time. They smothered Cam Newton and the Patriots offense registering four sacks, four fumbles and two interceptions – their best outing this season.

Drew Lock had an ok return to play. Not great, not awful. He threw for 189 yards but had two costly interceptions which set the Patriots up in great field position. One of the picks can be attributed to poor play calling. When the Broncos should have been seeking to run time off the clock Pat Shurmur dialled up a deep ball which was picked off deep down field. Granted, Lock should know better than to throw the ball in those situations but that’s all part of the learning curve.

Tim Patrick continues to establish himself as a viable number one or two receiver in the absence Courtland Sutton. Patrick caught four passes on eight targets for 101 yards. Yes, 101 yards on four receptions. His improved performances have taken the weight off the shoulders of Jerry Jeudy, who many expected to slot straight in at the WR #1 spot. Another big performance will be needed from the wide receivers this weekend against a Chiefs secondary which has proven it can be beaten deep.

The defense will now be game planning for the addition of Le’Veon Bell who will clear the Covid protocols in time to face the Broncos this weekend. The former Pro Bowl running back was released by the Jets after internal disputes led to a fall out and a disagreement on Bell’s contract. With the Chiefs offense already stacked with playmakers and the rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire playing up to his hype, the Broncos defense will no doubt have their hands full come Sunday.

A win would see the Broncos move to 3-3 before a second divisional clash in as many weeks against the Chargers next week. Consequently, a win over the Chiefs would begin to turn a lot of heads league wide and the Broncos may begin to garner some respect as potential playoff contenders.