The Kansas City Chiefs (6-1) are beginning to have some complete games the last three weeks with three score victories in two of those games, which means the Denver Broncos (3-4) will need to play flawless football to have an hope of winning on the road in Arrowhead on Sunday.
Both teams are coming off 45-10 victories in Week 7, albeit the Broncos came against one of the worst teams in the league and the Chiefs just dismantled a playoff contender, but a win is a win and Denver has something it can build from.
“That’s true without results, without wins, it’s hard to change the culture and convince the players that it’s working,” Head Coach Vance Joseph said after the game on Thursday. “You have to win to change the culture and convince your guys it’s working. Winning in this league is hard to do. Now we’ve got three, we’ve got four losses and kind of (have to) move on and say, ‘Hey, if we work this week, prepare this way, we can win football games.’ But you’re right, you have to win to get guys convinced it’s working.
“We have a big game next Sunday at KC, and every game is different. But, when you win in this league, you have this feeling that you can’t lose again, and when you lose, it’s really opposite. You feel like you can’t win again. So, for our football team, winning this game was important.”
Naturally, everyone will assume a Chiefs victory next week and for good reason. Here are the point totals for the Chiefs through seven games: 38, 42, 38, 27, 30, 40, 45.
There is one spot there that should give us some hope. The Broncos defense is the only team so far to hold this offense under 30 points and that 27-point effort in Week 4 largely came at the end of the game as it turned into a shootout that Case Keenum lost on one errant throw to a wide open Demaryius Thomas.
In short, this team already knows it can hang with the Chiefs. They just need to execute on Sunday like they did on Thursday against the Arizona Cardinals.