The Denver Broncos will enter Week 10 humbled after their first loss of the season, but favored to exercise any frustrations on their next opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos are 6.5-to-7-point favorites against the Chiefs, according to the latest NFL odds.
Earlier this season, the Broncos beat the Chiefs in Arrowhead by a final score of 31-24 after Denver's defense forced a Jamaal Charles fumble in the fourth quarter and returned it for a touchdown. Now the 3-5 Chiefs, who are riding a two-game winning streak, will come off their bye looking to upset the Broncos at home.
"There are a lot of great things going on, but the room for improvement is big in my opinion," Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Monday. "I just told the offense, 'We've won seven games and we haven't played a turnover-free football game.' That's hard to do. We can improve dramatically there."
The Broncos will be looking to get their oft-elite defense back on track, while also attempting to return to Week 8 form offensively.
"Up front, I think that we can continue to get better if we get Vernon (Davis) involved with what we're doing," Kubiak said. "Defensively, we've played great football. We need to play more disciplined football in situations. Special teams, I think that we showed last night that we can make some big plays with what [S] Omar [Bolden] did and what we've done. I think that we're capable of that.
"It's going to be a big second half," Kubiak continued. "We're nicked up right now coming out of this game. We have to get healthy. We have a big division rival to start off with, so it will be a big second half. We have ourselves in position, now it's time to go play well."