QB: Brady Quinn
RB: Jamaal Charles, Peyton Hillis
WR: Dwayne Bowe, John Baldwin
TE: Tony Moeaki
OL: Branden Albert (LT), Jeff Allen (LG), Ryan Lilja (C), Jon Asamoah (RG), Eric Winston (RT)
Chiefs Offensive Rankings:
Total Offense: 19th
Pass Offense: 29th
Rush Offense: 4th
Broncos Offensive Rankings:
Total Offense: 4th
Pass Offense: 6th
Rush Offense: 19th
For the Chiefs, Brady Quinn will get the start against the Broncos. Quinn who spent two years in Denver never played a snap for them during the season or playoffs. On the year Brady Quinn has passed for only 308 yards, 0 TD's and 3 Ints. He's completed 60.8% of his passes and has a QB rating of 52.9. The QB situation in KC is obviously ugly, and i expect the Broncos to take advantage of this. The Broncos defense has gave QB fits for the last few weeks, and this week they should have a great game.
Peyton Manning heads into this week with 2975 yards passing 24 TD's and 7 Ints. MVP type numbers. Manning and the Broncos offense looked offense looked off last week even though he passed for 3 TDs. Arrowhead is a tough place to play in late November, but look for Manning to continue his impressive play against this Chiefs team.
The Running Backs
Despite the Chiefs struggles at QB, they do maintain a pretty good rush offense. Jamaal Charles is one of the better backs in the league. Charles is a fast and explosive back who can hit the homerun whenever. Charles is having a pretty good year so far. Right now, Charles has 821 yards rushing and 3 TDs. Charles is averaging 4.8 yards per carry. The Broncos will need to limit Charles on sunday if they want to win. Peyton Hillis contributes with 169 yards rushing and Shaun Draughn has 193 yards rushing and 2 TDs. The key for the Broncos defense is too limit Charles. If they do that, they have a very good shot at shutting down this KC rushing attack.
The Broncos were dealt some bad news this week. Leading rusher Willis McGahee has been put on the IR. In his place rookie runner Ronnie Hillman looks to start. Look for Lance Ball and former first round pick Knowshon Moreno to get carries in his place. On the year Hillman has 49 carries for 188 yards and 1 touchdown, Lance Ball has 25 carries for 94 yards and Moreno has 8 carries for 15 yards and 1 touchdown. For whatever reason, Knowshon Moreno seems to has his best games against the Chiefs. Moreno has 455 yards (5.4) and 5 TDs against them. We'll see if Moreno continues this success this weekend.
The Receivers/Tight Ends:
Star receiver Dwayne Bowe leads the team with 49 receptions for 626 yards. Bowe is the main target in this offense. After Bowe running back/ slot receiver Dexter McCluster has 34 catches for 313 yards, Tight End Tony Moeaki has 21 catches for 292 yards. As you can tell, the receiving weapon for the Chiefs have had limited success. Most of that has to do with the inept QB play. Look for Quinn to Target Bowe for the most part and McCluster and Charles on dump offs and screens. The Chiefs may also try to get the ball to second year wideout Jon Baldwin on some deep plays. All in all i'm not too concerned with this group of targets.
Leading the way for the Broncos is Demaryius Thomas who has 57 catches for 933 yards and 5 TDs. Behind him is Eric Decker who has 50 catches for 621 yards and 8 TD's. Veteran wide out Brandon Stokley continues to be reliable, and on the year has 32 catches for 387 yards and 5 TDs. Tight End Jacob Tamme has 34 catches for 312 yards and Joel Dreessen has 27 catches for 250 yards and 4 TDs. Manning has been spreading the wealth. Look for Manning to spread the ball to all his targets this week. I'm feeling a big weekend from DT this weekend.
The Chiefs OL ranks 17th in the league. The Chiefs OL has allowed 23 sacks and 53 QB hits. The Broncos pass rush is licking their chops. Behind this OL, the Chiefs runners have rushed for 1,454 yards rushing and average 4.6 yards per carry.
The Broncos OL ranks 3rd in the league. The Broncos OL has allowed only 14 sacks and a league low 28 QB hits. Ryan Clady is earning his money this year. Behind this OL the Broncos runner have rushed for 1,053 yards and average 3.9 yards per rush