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Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs: First Half Open Thread and Live Blog

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Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 6:30 PM MDT
Denver Broncos

AVG. YDS (RNK)

TEAM CATEGORY

AVG. YDS (RNK)

31st Pass Off. 1st
4th Rush Off. 20th
1st Pass Def. 15th
26th Rush Def. 2nd
7-4 Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City MO 8-3
2nd AFC West Spread: Broncos by 1.5 1st AFC West

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What's at stake?

Unofficially 1st place in the AFC West division. In reality, even if the Broncos lose, they will find themselves still sitting in 1st place as they currently hold the divisional tiebreaker over Kansas City.

A loss would be a monumental setback for the Broncos hopes of securing a first round bye in the playoffs.

A win would all but seal up the division giving the Broncos a 2 game edge plus head-to-head tiebreaker with only four games left to play.

Are the Chiefs legit?

Of course, and out of anyone left on the schedule, they should serve as the Broncos' final true test of the regular season. Despite all the injuries early on, the Chiefs have been well coached and have put greener players in positions to succeed.

Their defense is legitimate. They have played nearly the exact same slate that the Broncos have yet they have managed wins against teams like New England, St. Louis, and Seattle.

Alex Smith may not have had the flashiest stat-lines against Denver in the past but his ability to escape pressure and make plays downfield is something that  more stress for the secondary and more opportunities for the offense to capitalize.

Then there is Mr. Jamaal Charles and his sidekick Knile Davis. These two have the power to play keep away from the Broncos all game long. If the Chiefs can move the chains enough to win the time of possession 2-1 in their favor, they will win the game.

My prediction

Broncos 28 Chiefs 27

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