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NFL Week 13 SNF: Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs

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Can the Broncos Slow Down the Kansas City Chiefs?

The Kansas City Chiefs battle Denver Broncos after one of the wildest, and unique, situations to happen in pro sports, not just the NFL. The Broncos had a unique game this past week against the New Orleans Saints. They had no eligible quarterbacks on their roster, as Jeff Driskel had tested positive for COVID-19, and all of the other eligible quarterbacks had been in a meeting with him, without masks, last week.

The league ruled them out and did not grant Denver an extension for their game. The Broncos tried to put their offensive quality control coach on the roster, but the league said no, so they turned to a rookie wide receiver on their practice squad, Kendall Hinton.

Who was the last non-quarterback to start a game at quarterback in an NFL game, you say?

It was Tom Matte, who started three games for the then-Baltimore Colts, after Johnny Unitas and Gary Cuozzo both went down (and the league didn’t have practice squads back then). So it was running back Tom Matte who started the 1965 season finale and the team’s two playoff games. He went 2-1, winning the finale, losing the league semifinal and winning the Playoff Bowl.

It didn’t go so well for Hinton this week – and depending on who the quarterback is next week, it might not go well then either, as the Broncos visit Kansas City. Check out our preview.

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday, December 6)

When: Sunday, December 6, 2020, 8:20 pm ET

Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City

TV: NBC

Radio: Westwood One

JAZZ Sports Odds: Chiefs -13 / Total 51*

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Why the Broncos Will Win

Denver started the season at a respectable 3-4 but have dropped three of four since then. Drew Lock has turned into a bit of a turnover machine, so even if he is back to start at quarterback on Sunday night, the Broncos could be in trouble. The Chiefs can deliver on the pass rush, so whether it’s Hinton, Lock, Brett Rypien, or a free agent, the Broncos’ passing game could be in trouble.

Denver has covered in seven of their last eight games in matchups coming after a loss against the spread, and in six of their last eight games against AFC competition. However, the Chiefs would have to lay a real egg, on both sides of the ball, for the Broncos to cover a single-digit spread at this point.

Why the Chiefs Will Win

Kansas City also made history last week, but for much more positive reasons. Tyreek Hill had 203 receiving yards…in the first quarter as the Chiefs jumped out to a 17-0 lead in Tampa Bay. Patrick Mahomes threw for 462 yards and three touchdowns, and Hill ended up with 269 yards and three touchdown catches on the night.

Kansas City has covered in nine of their last 12 games at home and in four of their last six games against a team with a losing record. Under Andy Reid, the Chiefs have absolutely dominated the AFC West, and I don’t see that changing.

The Final Word

I expect the Chiefs to run roughshod over the Broncos in the first half and then cruise the rest of the way. This past week’s embarrassment and the lack of continuity at quarterback will keep them from competing.

The Dart Throw: Chiefs 38, Broncos 13

*Odds are subject to change.

Next up:
Denver at Carolina Sunday, December 13
Kansas City at Miami Sunday, December 13

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Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs Betting Odds & Trends
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City is 15-5 ATS in its last 20 games
Kansas City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Kansas City is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games at home
Kansas City is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City’s last 9 games at home
Kansas City is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Denver
Kansas City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Denver
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 5 games when playing Denver
Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver
Denver Broncos
Denver is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Denver is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Denver is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Denver’s last 18 games on the road
Denver is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Kansas City
Denver is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver’s last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Denver is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Kansas City

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