The Kansas City Chiefs certainly aren't going into Sunday night's game against the Denver Broncos with a head of steam, not after losing last week to the previously winless Oakland Raiders. Still, having won five straight heading into Oakland, the Chiefs have a lot going for them and it’s to the point where I have to wonder whether the Chiefs will ever get another chance this good to beat the Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
Denver has wobbled some in recent weeks as well, though the Broncos looked potent in overcoming the Miami Dolphins last Sunday. Still, the Broncos have road losses this season against Seattle, New England and St. Louis, all teams that have lost to the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. By the way, that’s where Sunday night’s game will be played.
The Chiefs have a lot of bad history against Manning. They are 1-12 all-time against him, dating to his time with the Indianapolis Colts. More importantly, they are 0-5 against Manning since he joined the Broncos in 2012.
This simply hasn’t been a good matchup for the Chiefs. They came close in September in Denver, losing by a touchdown. But they did everything right that day until the final seconds when they couldn’t tie the score despite taking four shots inside the Denver 10. If they couldn’t beat Denver by limiting Manning to 46 plays and less than 24 minutes of possession then, it’s going to be hard for them to do it this time.
My prediction: Broncos 27, Chiefs 17.