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Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs Preview and Predictions 12-15-2019

Drew Lock grew up dreaming of playing at Arrowhead Stadium, but he was always playing for the home team. The Denver Broncos rookie will start against his hometown team when he faces the AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

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The Chiefs are trying for a ninth consecutive victory over the Broncos, and they've already wrapped up their fourth straight division title. Kansas City is still angling for a first-round bye, though, and sits one game behind New England - over which it earned the head-to-head tiebreaker last week - for the No. 2 seed. The Broncos have won Lock's first two starts as the rookie from Missouri has put up solid numbers. Now he goes up against a Chiefs' defense that is coming off an impressive performance in which it limited the Patriots to 278 total yards.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Kansas City -10 O/U: 45.5

ABOUT THE BRONCOS (5-8): Denver relied on a strong defense early in the season, but it didn't have the offense to keep pace. Lock has breathed some life into the offense and spread the ball around in last week's 38-24 victory at Houston, throwing touchdowns to three different players. Denver's run defense has been questionable of late, allowing an average of 164.3 rushing yards over the past three games, but that might not be a concern against the pass-happy Chiefs.

ABOUT THE CHIEFS (9-4): Kansas City's offense hasn't been quite as effective as usual over the past three games, but the Chiefs are always a powder keg waiting to explode. The Chiefs have had a tough time establishing the run, but Patrick Mahomes is always dangerous, and he has plenty of weapons at his disposal. Kansas City's defense has been just as volatile, five times surrendering more than 400 total yards, but the Chiefs limited Denver to 205 yards in a 30-6 win in Week 7.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Kansas City TE Travis Kelce needs 11 receiving yards to become the first tight end in history with four straight 1,000-yard seasons.

2. Lock passed for 309 yards and three touchdowns last week, becoming the first rookie in the Super Bowl era to pass for 300 yards and three touchdowns in his first road start.

3. Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman's six touchdown receptions are tied for third among rookies.

Prediction

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Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Capacity: 76,416

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Last Injuries

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Juan Thornhill

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Thornill has been placed on the active PUP list after ACL surgery, and he will miss an extended period.

  • Martinas Rankin

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Rankin has been designated for the active PUP list with a patella injury. It is up in the air when he will be activated.

  • James O'Shaughnessy

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    O'Shaughnessy has been shifted to the active PUP list as he rehabs from a torn ACL, and it is unknown when he will be ready to make his debut.

  • Damien Williams

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Williams will not compete during the entire 2020 season as he has decided to sit out due to a personal reason. The team has put him on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list.

  • Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Duvernay-Tardif has wound up on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list as he will sit out the entire 2020 season due to a personal reason.

  • De'Anthony Thomas

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Thomas has been placed on the Injured Reserve/Voluntary Opt-Out list after informing the organization that he is sitting out of the 2020 season.

  • Aleva Hifo

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Hifo has been placed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list due to the virus. There is no timetable for return.

Denver Broncos

  • Joe Flacco

    Neck
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Flacco has been designated for the active PUP list as he is on the shelf while recuperating from a disc repair surgery in his neck. It is unknown when he will receive clearance to get back on the field.

  • Andrew Beck

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Beck has been designated for the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Kyle Peko

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Peko has been placed on the Injured Reserve/Higher Risk Opt-Out list after deciding to sit out the 2020 season due to a personal reason.

  • Netane Muti

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Muti has landed on the active Non-Football Injury list due to a Lisfranc injury and will miss an extended period.

  • Elijah Wilkinson

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Wilkinson is on the active PUP list with a foot injury, and there is no timetable for return.