The Denver Broncos host the Kansas City Chiefs tonight in what could be one of their most crucial games all season. The Broncos have look inconsistent in some facets of the game which the Chiefs will try to exploit throughout the game. If Denver can’t remedy their woes, this could be a blowout.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) September 30, 2018
As the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes-led high-flying offense visits the ‘Mile High City’, Chris Harris and company will need to have a solid game plan. Mahomes has started his tenure as the Chiefs quarterback with a bang and hopes to expose a porous Denver secondary. The second-year gunslinger has already thrown for 896 yards, completing 67 percent of his passes and has 13 touchdowns to zero interceptions.
The Broncos have been a shell of their former selves. In three games they’ve allowed 788 yards with an 8.2 yards per catch average. Where they’ve performed most poorly is covering tight ends but they were able to somewhat limit Baltimore’s Mark Andrews in last week’s loss.
This week, they will have their hands full against Travis Kelce who is arguably one of the best tight ends in the league. In Kelce’s last three games against Denver, he has 26 catches for 394 yards and two touchdowns.
The Broncos will do whatever they can to limit Kelce, but they still must deal with Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, and Sammy Watkins. Hunt emerged as a true running back threat in his rookie season in 2017 and Hill has garnered attention with his speed and playmaking abilities. Also Sammy Watkins should never be taken lightly as he provides solid depth through the air for Kansas City’s speedy offense.
Despite this, the Chiefs defense is nowhere near the same level that their offense is on. So this is where Denver needs to capitalize if they intend to win this rivalry match.
The Chiefs have one of the worst pass defenses in the league and their run defense is in the middle of the pack. Case Keenum and his offense have one of the best run offenses while their pass offense has struggled to find a consistent groove.
Keenum has struggled this season and hasn’t achieved a legitimate chemistry with the Broncos receivers. So far this season Keenum is completing about 61 percent of his passes for 743 yards and three touchdowns to four interceptions.
So, in other words, the key for Denver in this game will be to limit Mahomes’ weapons as much as possible and hold Kansas City to field goals if possible. Offensively the Broncos need to protect Keenum and he must make smart decisions and not turn the ball over.
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