The Chiefs were without running back Larry Johnson (foot) for a fifth straight week. Rookie Kolby Smith took Johnson's place in the backfield. Smith had rushed for 233 yards on 52 carries over the previous two games.
This is a divisional matchup between two rivals that know each other very well and don't like each other. Both teams have a storied past and both are struggling. Kansas City rookie RB Kolby Smith hopes to build on the success he had against both Oakland and San Diego against a relatively weak Denver run defense. The Broncos can't afford to lose another game if they have any ideas about making the playoffs. Both teams want to stop losing streaks; Denver has lost two straight, while the Chiefs have lost their last five.