Chiefs Broncos Odds
The Denver Broncos (1-0) welcome the Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) to the mile high city for an AFC West clash on Sunday, September 14th. The Broncos won both meetings last season with a 27-17 home victory on November 17th, and a 35-28 road win on December 1st.
The Broncos led 24-0 over the Indianapolis Colts before allowing them to make a furious comeback. They did win 31-24, but the Colts actually had the ball in the end with a chance to tie it before getting stopped on downs. The Chiefs are coming off an ugly 10-26 home loss to the Tennessee Titans in their opener.
This game is set to kick off at 4:25 EST Sunday afternoon inside Sports Authority Field with CBS providing the television coverage. If you want to bet this game, then you will find Denver pegged as a 13.5-point favorite over Kansas City with a total set of 51 points.
My Early Lean: Broncos -13.5
Yes, this is a lot of points, but the Broncos should have no problem covering it Sunday against a depleted Kansas City team that won’t be as good as it was a year ago. The Chiefs benefited from being +18 in turnovers last year and scoring 11 touchdowns on either defense or special teams. They wound up finishing 21st in total offense and 24th in total defense despite going 11-5. They were the most lucky team in the league last year in a number of areas, including injuries.
However, that luck has run out in 2014 as the Chiefs are as banged up as any team in the league following Week 1. They lost two players in the heart of their defense to season-ending Achilles injuries in LB Derrick Johnson and DE Mike DeVito. Safety Eric Berry and corner Marcus Cooper are both questionable. The Chiefs traded away three starters along their offensive line and failed to replace them. Now, they are without tackle Donald Stephenson for the first four weeks of the season due to a suspension.
The Chiefs could not have looked any worse in their opener against the Titans. They were outgained 245-405 for the game. Alex Smith went just 19 of 35 passing with three interceptions. He still doesn’t have any weapons at receiver a year after Jamaal Charles led the team in receiving. Charles couldn’t even get anything going as he had just seven carries for 19 yards. He won’t be nearly as productive of a back this year because of the porous offensive line. Now, the defense is without two of its best players, especially Johnson.
Denver is 4-0 SU & 3-1 ATS in its last four meetings with Kansas City. It has won each of its last two home meetings with the Chiefs by double-digits, outscoring them a combined 65-20 in the process.
Denver is 4-0 SU & 3-1 ATS in its last four meetings with Kansas City. It has won each of its last two home meetings with the Chiefs by double-digits, outscoring them a combined 65-20 in the process. Kansas City is 2-7 ATS in its last nine games following a loss. The Broncos are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 vs. a team with a losing record. Denver is 4-0 ATS in its last four games following an ATS loss. The Chiefs are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 meetings in Denver.