An important AFC West matchup takes place this Monday night, as The Denver Broncos head to Kansas City to face off with The Chiefs. Here are 4 things to watch for as the game unfolds.
A Classic Offense vs Defense Battle
This game is going to be decided by The Chiefs offense vs The Broncos defense. The Chiefs offense has been paced this season by quarterback Alex Smith and rookie running back Kareem Hunt. Smith went 2-0 against the tough Broncos defense last season, and appears to have finally gotten an idea on how to attack them. The Broncos will be looking to shut down Hunt, and force the Chiefs to rely on Smith’s arm. Smith has been up to the task so far this season. Smith will look to continue his MVP caliber play on Monday Night.
The Broncos Offense
Trevor Siemian has been average for the most part this season, and Denver needs more from him if they are going to hang around in the Wild Card race. Siemian had one of the worst performances of his career in Arrowhead Stadium last year, and he should expect another tough environment on Monday night. The running game will be a point of emphasis, and all eyes will be on former Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, as he makes his highly anticipated return to Arrowhead Stadium. Charles will be eager to show Kansas City that he can still make an impact. The Chiefs defense will likely load the box on Charles and CJ Anderson, and dare Siemian to make plays in the passing game. The pressure is on wide receiver’s Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to perform. Sanders had a huge 162 receiving yard performance against The Chiefs in Denver, but was held to one catch in Arrowhead last year. Thomas was held to 3 catches for 20 yards in Arrowhead last year.
The Kicking Game
Broncos kicker Brandon McManus has started the year slowly, hitting only 8 of his 13 field goal attempts. With the high likelihood that the game will be close, there will be pressure on McManus. Rookie kicker Harrison Butker has been good so far this season for The Chiefs.
Is This Denver’s Last Stand
At 3-3, The Broncos are entering a tough 3 game stretch with road games against Kansas City and Philadelphia, as well as a tough home game against the Patriots. It is conceivable that Denver could lose all 3 games and be faced with an uphill climb at 3-6. While Denver does have an easier schedule down the stretch, these next 3 games could ultimately decide Denver’s season.