A potential early lead in the AFC West is on the line as the Kansas City Chiefs host the Denver Broncos in Week 2. It's a short week for both teams, but combined with the requirement to travel, it will be a particularly tough task for the Broncos to bounce back from their close victory against Baltimore in Week 1 and take out the Chiefs in their home opener on primetime.
All eyes will be on Peyton Manning, who didn't throw a touchdown in Week 1 and had a passer rating below 60. But this game might more accurately be described as a clash of two tough but unheralded defenses that now how to get after opposing quarterbacks. It's Von Miller vs. Justin Houston as much as it is Manning vs. Alex Smith. Here's how to watch the game.
Scouting the Chiefs
MHR's Christopher Hart takes a deeper look at the Kansas City Chiefs in advance of tomorrow's prime time gridiron battle.
Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 6:25 p.m. Mile High time (that's 7:25 p.m. local Central time).
TV schedule and TV channels
CBS will air the game (KCNC-TV in Denver) nationwide, simulcast with the NFL Network.
Jim Nantz will cover play-by-play, Phil Simms will provide color commentary, and Tracy Wolfson will report from the sidelines.
NFL Game Pass offers live audio and re-airs after the game. DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket has expanded its online streaming service. Verizon subscribers can watch games live with the NFL Mobile app (subscription required, and usual TV blackout rules apply even online).
Colorado can listen on KOA (850 AM) or The Fox (133.5 FM) with Dave Logan (play-by-play), Ed McCaffrey (color analyst) and Andy Lindahl (sideline reporting).
For the Broncos, running back C.J. Anderson is questionable, while the Chiefs' Eric Fisher is a healthy benching.
"We have a lot of mental things that we have to fix," Gary Kubiak said about preparing for a Thursday game. "That's the biggest thing coming out of a game, so you go correct the mistakes. I think that you can get a lot done. With what we're doing, we got massive reps in (Monday). We practiced probably three times the amount of reps that we would have gotten if we were practicing for a Sunday game. You back off the tempo, but you pick up on the teaching. That's what you have to do as you get ready for a Thursday."
The Broncos are 3-point underdogs on the road vs. the Chiefs.