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Broncos Chiefs odds: Denver opens slight favorites over Kansas City

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The Denver Broncos need this win badly, but the Kansas City Chiefs will prove to be a tough out on Sunday Night Football.

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The Denver Broncos opened 3.5-point favorites at home over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. The big AFC West division showdown is important as the victor will keep pace with the first place Oakland Raiders and in position to challenge for the top seed in the conference.

When the game between the Broncos and Chiefs moved to primetime on Sunday Night Football, my confidence level jumped immensely. This team revels under the bright lights of prime time at home.

At home, the Broncos are an astounding 13-1 in primetime over the last five seasons. This includes a remarkable 7-0 on Sunday nights. The Chiefs have been the Broncos toughest rival over that period, so I expect this game to be a dogfight to the very end.