Spencer Larson of the Denver Broncos carries the ball as Tamba Hali of the Kansas City Chiefs defends during the game on November 13, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The Denver Broncos will play host to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in a New Year's Day matchup with a chance to clinch the AFC West Division. The 8-7 Broncos, tied for 1st place with the Oakland Raiders, are in a position to claim their 11th AFC West title if they can get past the 6-9 Chiefs. Kickoff for the game at Sports Authority Filed at Mile High is set for 2:15 p.m. MST.
The game will be broadcast on CBS with Jim Nantz (play by play) and Phil Simms (color commentary) will be calling a Bronco game for the 3rd consecutive week. Check the Broadcast Map to see which games are available in your area this week. The Officiating will be done by referee Pete Morelli and his crew.
R Pete Morelli 135
U Fowler 71
HL Baltz 26
LJ Hussey 35
FJ Lucivansky 89
SJ Carlsen 39
BJ Vernatchi 75
The weather forecast for the game calls for favorable conditions.
This chart represents the Rankings for the Chiefs Offense as compared to the Broncos Defense. I have also included last week's rankings for the Broncos so you can see progress or regress. The DVOA stat is taken from Football Outsiders and is explained here.
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Matt Cassell is out for the season, leaving Kyle Orton in charge. He is 44/68 for 599 yds, a 64.7% Completion rate, 1 TD, 2 INT's and a 85.4 QB Rating since becoming the Chiefs starter two games ago. The Running Backs are Jackie Battle (149 carries, 597 yds, a 4.0 avg and 2 TD), Thomas Jones (138, 436 yds, 3.2 ypc), Dexter McCluster (102, 455 yds, 4.5 ypc and 43 Catches for 303 yds and 1 TD), and Fullback Le'Ron McClain (13, 47 yds, 1 TD and 14-82 yds and 1 TD Receiving).
The starters on the Kansas City Offensive Line are LT Branden Albert (6 False Start, 3 Hold, 5 Sacks Allowed), LG Ryan Lilja (1 Hold, 2 Sacks Allowed), C Casey Wiegmann (1 FSt, 1 Hold, 1.5 SA), RG Jon Asamoah (3 FS, 1 Hold, 3 SA) and RT Barry Richardson (5 FS, 2 Hold, 4.5 SA).
This chart represents the Rankings for the Chiefs Defense as compared to the Broncos Offense.
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In the Defensive backfield LCB Brandon Flowers (56 TKL, 19 PBU's, 4 INT, 1 TD) and RCB Brandon Carr (43 TKL, 13 PBU's, 3 INT's) man the corners. Javier Arenas (29 TKL, 1 SK, 5 PBUs, 2 INT) and Travis Daniels (13 TKL, 3 PBU, 2 INT) is a seasoned backup.
This chart represents the Rankings for both teams Special Teams Units.
Thomas Gafford has been the Chiefs Long snapper for the last 2 1/2 seasons. He has appeared in 56 career games and has 12 Tackles and a Fumble Recovery on Special Teams.
Javier Arenas and Dexter McCluster have both been used as return men for the Chiefs. Arenas has 29 punt returns with a 13.4 yard average, while McCluster has returned 5 punts for a 9.4 average. On Kick returns, Dexter has 25 run backs for a 22.3 average and Javier has returned 17 Kickoffs an average of 21.3 yards.
The Chiefs lead this series 47-55-0 in the regular season. The last time these teams met was during Week 10 in Kansas City. The Broncos won that game 17-10 on the strength of a 56-yard touchdown pass from Tim Tebow to Eric Decker. They have split the series in each of the last 3 seasons since Denver swept in 2007. The Broncos won last years meeting in Denver on November 14, 2010 by the score of 49-29.