Monday Night Football Preview — Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs (10/30)
The Denver Broncos‘ offense has suddenly gone cold, and they are searching for answers. But can they get back to basics? That might be the only way for them to turn as they face off against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Monday night game that will be kicking off at 8:30 PM ET at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. ESPN will televise the game, and after the opening whistle, BetAnySports customers can get their fill of real-time wagering as they access the state-of-the-art software from Live Betting Ultra.
Denver has managed only 42 points over their last four games, and got shut out in their rematch last week against the Los Angeles Chargers, going three-and-out on six different occasions. Is the problem Trevor Siemian? The young quarterback has excellent receivers at his disposal, but has not been able to move the team with enough consistency. Since Week 3, his quarterback rating is second-worst among all starters in the league. And so he’s going to have to do a major turnaround.
The Chiefs have their own problems; after starting out 5-0, they have lost their last two games. A week ago Thursday, they dropped a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter to the Oakland Raiders, losing on a last-second touchdown, and they allowed Derek Carr, who had been severely limited the week before, to pass for 417 yards.
In the Monday night football odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Chiefs are the favorites:
Kansas City Chiefs -7 (-115)
Denver Broncos +7 (-105)
Over 43 points -110
Under 43 points -110
What Denver has to do is get more out of its running game. CJ Anderson started out nicely, but he’s had only 61 yards over the last two games. There is the possibility that Denver could get an inspired effort out of Jamaal Charles, who they signed in the off-season and who will be playing his first game against his former team. Obviously the Chiefs plugged their rushing void, as Kareem Hunt is drawing a bead on Rookie of the Year honors with 717 rushing yards. He has had at least 100 yards from scrimmage (rushing + receiving) in each of the seven games this team has played.
Alex Smith has gone 238 passes without throwing an interception, and while he’s being careful, his yards-per-pass average is pretty high (8.7). And he still has a chance to break the all-time one-season record for accuracy, as he is hitting 72.4% of his passes. He had 342 yards through the air against Oakland last week, but this Denver secondary, allowing just 5.9 yards per attempt, is not the same as what the Raiders have.
BetAnySports patrons may remember that the Chiefs, who have committed only one turnover, won both games between these clubs last year. At home, they punished Denver 33-10 and had 238 rushing yards. The Broncos thus far have allowed only three yards per rushing attempt, while Kansas City has been a little bit vulnerable in that area, yielding 4.7 yards a pop. But Kansas City’s offense, which is third in the league in yards per drive, has often given the defense a pretty good starting point, so they have not been hurt that badly.
Kansas City looks to have some the advantages here, and were not sure we see a lot of answers on the horizon for Denver’s offense, unless they can brutalize Kansas City at the line of scrimmage. We are going to lay the points, although with some caution.
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