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Broncos vs Chiefs over the years

Here is a look back at the storied history between the two teams, as well as news and notes from Denver’s weekly release.

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Good morning, Broncos Country!

Depending on the thickness of your orange and blue glasses, some Denver Broncos fans are dreading Monday night.

The key question for me, as I talked about on my weekly segment with Michael Klahr and Mark Knudson on Saturday morning (my segment starts at 23:55 when you hear “Danger Zone”): Is what we saw in the Week Three loss to the Baltimore Ravens an anomaly or is that who the Broncos really are? At the very least, we’ll see how Denver responds to its first bout of adversity this season and do so against an opponent in the Kansas City Chiefs that is on fire right now (at least offensively).

As Adam Malnati and I talked about on the latest MHR Radio Podcast, you know to expect the unexpected in rivalry games. And there is a path to victory for the Broncos ... even if that path is narrow. What could help Denver and Broncos Country get more fired up is the organization will honor 12 members of the Ring of Fame at halftime: Steve Atwater, Jason Elam, Randy Gradishar, Rich Jackson, Floyd Little, Karl Mecklenburg, Gene Mingo, Dennis Smith, Rod Smith, Billy Thompson, Rick Upchurch and Gary Zimmerman. Of course Atwater is there given his iconic hit on Christian Okoye. Speaking of that hit, if you haven’t listened to our interview with Steve on the podcast a few months ago, you should. It’s so good, and to hear him talk about that hit and what led up to it is worth the listen.

But before the next chapter in this storied rivalry is written, let’s look back at the history between these two teams. Some of the greatest games and moments have taken place in this rivalry. There also is some things for Broncos fans to watch for on Monday night. All of this is courtesy of the team’s weekly release.

  • Monday’s game in Denver marks the 116th regular-season game between the Broncos and Chiefs. Denver is 54-61-0 in those games — 35-23 at home; 19-38 on the road. The first game was Oct. 30, 1960, at Bears Stadium. The Dallas Texans beat the Broncos 17-14.
  • The last game played between the Broncos and Chiefs brought a merciful end to the 2018 season, with KC winning 27-24 in Denver. The Broncos are now on a five-game losing streak to the Chiefs heading into #MNF. In that time, Denver has three wins in the playoffs while KC has one.
  • The last Broncos home win over the Chiefs was Sept. 14, 2014, 24-17. That was the day Denver inducted Gene Mingo, Dan Reeves & Rick Upchurch in the ROF (my wife & I were there. It was awesome to witness). The last home loss was, of course, last season.
  • The last Broncos road win over the Chiefs was Sept. 17, 2015, 31-24. The walk-off forced fumble returned for a touchdown by Bradley Roby was the first indication of what a special season that would be for Denver. Interestingly, that’s also the last time the Broncos beat KC. The last Broncos road loss was the 29-19 debacle last season.
  • The Broncos longest winning streak is eight games that took place Oct. 24, 1976-Oct. 28, 1979. The longest winning streak for the Chiefs is 11 games that took place Nov. 1, 1964-Nov. 27, 1969.
  • The Broncos have shutout the Chiefs once in this series, 21-0 on Sept. 23, 1984, at Mile High Stadium. The Chiefs also have shutout Denver once in this series, 16-0 on Dec. 6, 1970, at Arrowhead Stadium.
  • The most points (49) the Broncos have scored in this series is from a 49-29 win on Nov. 14, 2010, at Mile High. The most points (59) for the Chiefs is from a 59-7 win on Sept. 7, 1963, in KC. The largest Broncos win over the Chiefs (35 points) came in a 38-3 victory on Dec. 30, 2012, at Mile High. The largest Chiefs win over Denver (52) is from their 59-7 win in 1963.
  • The most combined points for the Broncos and Chiefs (88) is from a 49-39 KC win on Nov. 1, 1964, in Kansas City. The fewest combined points (10), a 7-3 Chiefs win on Jan. 1, 2012 at Mile High.
  • An interesting note about this series: The Chiefs franchise started 25-2 vs. the Broncos (1960-73). Since then, Denver has gone 52-35, yet it still trails in the all-time series. That’s remarkable, all thanks to the first 13 years.
  • The Broncos and Chiefs have only met once in the playoffs, in the AFC Divisional Round on Jan. 4, 1998, in Kansas City. Denver, of course, won that game 14-10 to advance to the AFC Title Game in Pittsburgh.

What Broncos Country should watch for vs the Chiefs

  • The Broncos are appearing on Monday Night Football for the 27th consecutive year, a streak that began in 1992. Denver’s 27-year streak is the longest active streak in the NFL and second longest in NFL history (Oakland Raiders 28). The Broncos 73 games on Monday Night Football ranks fourth in history.
  • The Broncos are looking to hold their opponent to 300 or fewer new passing yards for the 38th consecutive game. That would be the longest streak by an NFL team since the Indianapolis Colts (52) from 2005-08.
  • Broncos cornerback/retuner Adam Jones needs 68 punt return yards to become the 39th player in NFL history with 2,000 punt return yards.
  • Broncos quarterback Case Keenum needs one passing touchdown to reach 50 for his career.
  • Broncos linebacker Von Miller needs 1.5 sacks to tie Ken Harvey (89) for 47th on the NFL’s all-time sack list.
  • Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders needs five catches to tie Brandon Marshall (327) for ninth place on the franchise’s all-time receptions list.

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Broncos Tracks

Chiefs vs. Broncos odds: Monday night game has Kansas City as favorite -
The Kansas City Chiefs visit the Denver Broncos on Monday night with the league’s hottest offense, and the sportsbooks have listed them as modest road betting favorites.

Broncos place Jake Butt on IR, promote Brian Parker to active roster
The Broncos made a move on Saturday to supplement the tight end position.

How Case Keenum could be the Broncos' first line of defense vs. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs
Could the Broncos' quarterback be the one who finally slows down Patrick Mahomes?

Broncos defense plans to be 'in attack mode' against Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes
The Broncos have the pass-rushers to make Mahomes uncomfortable and derail Kansas City's undefeated start.

Through My Eyes: Bradley Chubb's speech to Columbine High School's football team
As part of the Denver Broncos High School Game of the Week series, Bradley Chubb visited with the Columbine High School football team.

Chris Harris Jr. explains why he prefers outside to slot |
Until this year, whenever the Broncos brought in a third cornerback, it was Harris who moved inside. Bradley Roby came off the bench as the No. 3 cornerback and played right outside corner. Aqib Talib stayed at left outside corner.

Broncos enter crossroads stretch of season as underdogs - Denver7
The Broncos sit 2-1. A look at the next three games suggests a crossroads has arrived.

Broncos don't want to see 'cheetah speed' on display against Chiefs - Denver Broncos- ESPN
Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. says Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill is “the fastest person I've ever seen on a football field.”

Chiefs-Broncos preview: Five things to know about Denver | The Kansas City Star
The unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs will face another AFC West opponent this week when they travel to Denver to take on the Broncos in a game on “Monday Night Football” on Oct. 1.

NFL Tracks

NFL picks 2018: Geoff Schwartz’s best bets for Week 4 -
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The Rams are better than ever. How in the world do you stop this team? -
The Vikings defense wasn’t ready to stop the Rams, but right now, nobody is.

The NFL roughing the passer rule isn’t really about player safety -
Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White destroys another disingenuous NFL rule change.

The NFL’s ‘Thursday Night Football’ has been surprisingly good in 2018 -
A better-than-usual start to 2018 has made Thursday nights amazing ... so far.

The Patrick Mahomes show started last season in Denver - Kansas City Chiefs- ESPN
Patrick Mahomes got his first career start in Denver last season as an unproven rookie. Now he returns for a Monday Night Football matchup as a star.

Baker Mayfield prepares to plant a new flag in his first NFL start - Cleveland Browns- ESPN
Mayfield walked it like he talked it when he stuck the OU flag on the Ohio State logo. It's that brashness the Browns like in their rookie QB.

Jared Goff’s improved confidence is elevating his game |
Sure, Sean McVay has made a difference, but Goff’s confidence in himself and his teammates has helped elevate his game

Kraft blames reports of tension on “envy and jealousy” of the Patriots – ProFootballTalk
Patriots owner Robert Kraft says people spreading stories of tension within the Patriots organization are jealous. Kraft said on CNBC that he dismisses any talk that there are any issues between coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

With Patriots' dynasty at a crossroads, Dolphins primed to take over AFC East - The Washington Post
New England has turned sluggish starts into Super Bowl appearances (and wins) with regularity in the past. But a loss Sunday drops them to 1-3 and three games back in the division race.

Clay Matthews hopes to end unusual streak as defenders try to adapt to new rules for QB hits - Los Angeles Times
Officials are eagle-eyeing quarterback hits this season, and particularly ones in which the tackler uses his full body weight to drive quarterbacks into the ground. There have been 34 roughing-the-passer penalties this season, more than double the total called through three weeks last year (16).

Giants’ Michael Thomas Is Thinking About More Than Football - The New York Times
He protested during the national anthem. Then he interned on Capitol Hill. He may run for political office. First, though, is the Saints on Sunday.