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Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs Pick & Prediction DEC 15TH 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.


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.

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Denver Broncos

Kansas City Chiefs

Player Position Lineup
Garett Bolles primary: Left Tackle Starter
Todd Davis primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Chris Harris Jr. primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Shelby Harris primary: Defensive End Starter
Jeff Heuerman primary: Tight End Starter
Phillip Lindsay primary: Runningback Starter
Connor McGovern primary: Center Starter
Von Miller primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Will Parks primary: Defensive Back Starter
Justin Simmons primary: Free Safety Starter
Courtland Sutton primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Elijah Wilkinson primary: Right Tackle Starter
Isaac Yiadom primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Kareem Jackson primary: Strong Safety Starter
Alexander Johnson primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Mike Purcell primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Noah Fant primary: Tight End Starter
Dalton Risner primary: Left Guard Starter
Drew Lock primary: Quarterback Starter
Andrew Beck primary: Fullback Starter
Jeremiah Attaochu primary: Strong Linebacker Starter
Austin Schlottmann primary: Right Guard Starter
Devontae Booker primary: Runningback Substitution
Royce Freeman primary: Runningback Substitution
Troy Fumagalli primary: Tight End Substitution
DaeSean Hamilton primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Josey Jewell primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Joe Jones primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Casey Kreiter primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Trey Marshall primary: Safety Substitution
Brandon McManus primary: Kicker Substitution
Tim Patrick primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Colby Wadman primary: Punter Substitution
Fred Brown primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jake Rodgers primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Justin Hollins primary: Linebacker Substitution
Malik Reed primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Josh Watson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Deyon Sizer primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Duke Dawson Jr. primary: Cornerback Substitution
Diontae Spencer primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Davontae Harris primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jonathan Harris primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Kyle Peko primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Adam Gotsis primary: Defensive End Not active
Ron Leary primary: Guard Not active
DeMarcus Walker primary: Defensive End Not active
Ja'Wuan James primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Dre'Mont Jones primary: Defensive End Not active
Brandon Allen primary: Quarterback Did not play
Calvin Anderson primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Shakial Taylor primary: Defensive Back Not active
Patrick Morris primary: Center Did not play
Player Position Lineup
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif primary: Right Guard Starter
Eric Fisher primary: Left Tackle Starter
Tyreek Hill primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Anthony Hitchens primary: Linebacker Starter
Chris Jones primary: Right Defensive Tackle Starter
Travis Kelce primary: Tight End Starter
Tanoh Kpassagnon primary: Right Defensive End Starter
Patrick Mahomes primary: Quarterback Starter
Derrick Nnadi primary: Left Defensive Tackle Starter
Reggie Ragland primary: Linebacker Starter
Austin Reiter primary: Center Starter
Demarcus Robinson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Mitchell Schwartz primary: Right Tackle Starter
Charvarius Ward primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Sammy Watkins primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Andrew Wylie primary: Left Guard Starter
Tyrann Mathieu primary: Strong Safety Starter
Damien Wilson primary: Linebacker Starter
Alex Okafor primary: Left Defensive End Starter
Bashaud Breeland primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Juan Thornhill primary: Free Safety Starter
LeSean McCoy primary: Runningback Starter
Harrison Butker primary: Kicker Substitution
Dustin Colquitt primary: Punter Substitution
Cameron Erving primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Kendall Fuller primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jordan Lucas primary: Safety Substitution
Ben Niemann primary: Linebacker Substitution
Dorian O'Daniel primary: Linebacker Substitution
Byron Pringle primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Anthony Sherman primary: Fullback Substitution
Daniel Sorensen primary: Safety Substitution
Armani Watts primary: Safety Substitution
James Winchester primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Blake Bell primary: Tight End Substitution
Frank Clark primary: Defensive End Substitution
Mecole Hardman primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Khalen Saunders primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Darwin Thompson primary: Runningback Substitution
Darron Lee primary: Linebacker Substitution
Alex Brown primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Stefen Wisniewski primary: Guard Substitution
Mike Pennel primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Demone Harris primary: Defensive End Substitution
Spencer Ware primary: Runningback Substitution
Chad Henne primary: Quarterback Not active
Damien Williams primary: Runningback Not active
Deon Yelder primary: Tight End Not active
Rashad Fenton primary: Cornerback Not active
Nick Allegretti primary: Guard Not active
Morris Claiborne primary: Cornerback Not active
Matt Moore primary: Quarterback Did not play
Jackson Barton primary: Offensive Tackle Not active

Denver Broncos

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 41 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Tyreek Hill
    • Passer: Patrick Mahomes
    • Conv Receiver: Anthony Sherman
    • Conv Passer: Dustin Colquitt
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 44 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Harrison Butker
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 32 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Brandon McManus
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 24 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Harrison Butker
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 23 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Harrison Butker
  • Period 3
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 5 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Tyreek Hill
    • Passer: Patrick Mahomes
    • Conv Receiver: Sammy Watkins
    • Conv Passer: Patrick Mahomes
  • Match End


Last 10

W 44% L 56%
4 5
  • Miami W 13 - 20
  • @Las Vegas L 12 - 37
  • @Atlanta L 27 - 34
  • L.A. Chargers W 30 - 31
  • Kansas City L 43 - 16
  • @New England W 18 - 12
  • @New England D 0 - 0
  • @N.Y. Jets W 37 - 28
  • Tampa Bay L 28 - 10
  • @Pittsburgh L 21 - 26
W 89% L 11%
8 1
  • @Las Vegas W 35 - 31
  • Carolina W 31 - 33
  • N.Y. Jets W 9 - 35
  • @Denver W 43 - 16
  • @Buffalo W 26 - 17
  • Las Vegas L 40 - 32
  • New England W 10 - 26
  • New England D 0 - 0
  • @Baltimore W 34 - 20
  • @L.A. Chargers W 23 - 20

Next Games

  • New Orleans(10-28-12) W 14 - 34
  • @Kansas City(12-15-19) L 3 - 23
  • @Carolina(11-11-12) W 36 - 14
  • Buffalo(12-07-14) W 17 - 24
  • @L.A. Chargers(10-06-19) W 20 - 13
  • @Tampa Bay(10-14-12) L 10 - 38
  • Denver(12-15-19) W 3 - 23
  • @Miami(09-21-14) W 34 - 15
  • @New Orleans(08-09-13) L 13 - 17
  • Atlanta(09-09-12) L 40 - 24

Last Meetings

  • Chiefs @ Broncos 43-16
  • Broncos @ Chiefs 3-23
  • Chiefs @ Broncos 30-6
  • Broncos @ Chiefs 23-30
  • Chiefs @ Broncos 27-23
  • Chiefs @ Broncos 27-24
  • Broncos @ Chiefs 19-29
  • Broncos @ Chiefs 10-33
  • Chiefs @ Broncos 30-27
  • Chiefs @ Broncos 29-13

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Miami Dolphins64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
New England Patriots46 0.4003.00.00.0 3-21-44-0-6
New York Jets010 0.0007.00.00.0 0-50-50-0-10
Pittsburgh Steelers100 01.0000.00.00.0 5-05-010-0-0
Cleveland Browns73 0.7003.00.00.0 5-12-27-0-3
Baltimore Ravens64 0.6004.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals27 1.2227.50.00.0 2-20-52-1-7
Indianapolis Colts73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Tennessee Titans73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-23-17-0-3
Houston Texans37 0.3004.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars19 0.1006.00.00.0 1-40-51-0-9
Kansas City Chiefs91 0.9000.00.00.0 4-15-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders64 0.6003.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Denver Broncos46 0.4005.00.00.0 2-32-34-0-6
Los Angeles Chargers37 0.3006.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7

National Football Conference

Philadelphia Eagles36 1.3330.00.00.0 2-21-43-1-6
New York Giants37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Dallas Cowboys37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Washington Football Team37 0.3000.50.00.0 3-30-43-0-7
Green Bay Packers73 0.7000.00.00.0 3-14-27-0-3
Chicago Bears55 0.5002.00.00.0 2-33-25-0-5
Minnesota Vikings46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6
Detroit Lions46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-33-34-0-6
New Orleans Saints82 0.8000.00.00.0 5-13-18-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers74 0.6361.50.00.0 3-24-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers47 0.3644.50.00.0 2-42-34-0-6
Atlanta Falcons37 0.3005.00.00.0 1-42-33-0-7
Los Angeles Rams73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-03-37-0-3
Seattle Seahawks73 0.7000.00.00.0 5-02-37-0-3
Arizona Cardinals64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
San Francisco 49ers46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6

Last Injuries

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Sammy Watkins

    day-to-day | questionable

    Watkins was sidelined the last game due to a right hamstring injury, and it has yet to be established if he will suit up Week 12 against the Buccaneers.

  • Byron Pringle

    day-to-day | questionable

    Pringle departed the last game due to an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will be available Week 12 against the Buccaneers.

  • Mitchell Schwartz

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Schwartz has been placed on the injured reserve list due to a back injury. It is uncertain when he will get back in the lineup.

  • Bopete Keyes

    day-to-day | questionable

    Keyes was held out of the previous game due to an illness, and it is unclear if he will play Week 12 versus the Buccaneers.

  • Taco Charlton

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Charlton will miss an extended period while on the injured reserve list due to a right lower-leg fracture.

  • James O'Shaughnessy

    day-to-day | questionable

    O'Shaughnessy sat out the previous game due to a knee injury, and it is undetermined if he will dress for Week 12 with the Browns.

  • Alex Okafor

    Prob Sun | probable

    Okafor has been taken off the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after healing from a hamstring injury. He is likely to return Sunday against the Raiders.

  • Antonio Hamilton

    Prob Sun | probable

    Hamilton was removed from the last game with a hamstring injury, but he is projected to play Sunday against the Raiders.

Denver Broncos

  • Joe Jones

    day-to-day | questionable

    Jones has been absent from the lineup during the last two games due to a calf injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be a participant in Week 12 against the Saints.

  • Trey Marshall

    day-to-day | questionable

    Marshall left the previous game due to a lower-leg injury, and it is up in the air if he will step on the field against the Saints in Week 12.

  • Jake Rodgers

    day-to-day | questionable

    Rodgers has been held out of the previous two games with a shoulder injury, and it is undetermined if he will take part in Week 12 versus the Saints.

  • Elijah Wilkinson

    day-to-day | questionable

    Wilkinson has been activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after healing from a shin injury. It is unknown if he will return to the lineup Week 12 versus the Saints.

  • Andrew Beck

    day-to-day | I-R

    Beck has been shuttled to the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list due to a hamstring injury, and he has two weeks in order to be activated.

  • Graham Glasgow

    Lower Body
    day-to-day | questionable

    Glasgow is bothered by a lower-leg injury, leaving his status against the Saints during Week 12 clouded.

  • Tyrie Cleveland

    day-to-day | questionable

    Cleveland has sat out the past two games due to a concussion, and it is uncertain if he will be cleared in time for Week 12 versus the Saints.

  • Mark Barron

    day-to-day | I-R

    Barron has wound up on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list with injuries to his hamstring and pectoral. It is unclear if he will be activated in time for Week 12 against the Saints.

Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 340 yards and two touchdowns in the snow Sunday as the Kansas City Chiefs won their fourth straight, stuffing the Denver Broncos 23-3 at Kansas City, Mo.

Snow began accumulating three hours before kickoff and persisted throughout the game. That didn't prevent Mahomes from going 27 of 34, though he threw an interception, as the Chiefs (10-4) continued their quest for a first-round bye in the playoffs after already clinching the AFC West title.

The victory was the ninth straight for Kansas City over Denver (5-9), which generated just 251 yards (139 in the first three quarters) coming off back-to-back wins in the first two starts by rookie quarterback Drew Lock.

Travis Kelce became the first tight end in NFL history to record 1,000 yards receiving in four consecutive seasons. He snagged 11 catches for 142 yards. The Chiefs totaled 419 yards.

Mahomes went 7-for-7 engineering a touchdown on the first series of the second half, spotting Kelce and Tyreek Hill three times each. Hill scored on a 5-yard grab. Mahomes then scrambled to find Sammy Watkins for a two-point conversion to complete the game's scoring.

Lock, a second-round pick from Missouri, grew up just 15 miles from Arrowhead Stadium in Lee's Summit, Mo. He passed for 208 yards in his homecoming, going 18 of 40 with an interception.

Denver wide receiver Courtland Sutton passed the 1,000-yard receiving mark with four catches for 79 yards.

The Chiefs scored on all four of their first-half possessions, settling for field goals of 23, 24 and 44 yards by Harrison Butker after a touchdown on their first drive.

A 41-yard strike from Mahomes to Tyreek Hill capped a 79-yard march in four plays to open the scoring. Dustin Colquitt botched the snap on the PAT and threw an incomplete pass.

Butker's field goals enabled the Chiefs to lead 15-3 at the break after the Broncos committed more first-half penalties (seven) than they had first downs (five).

Lock drove them 61 yards for their only score, connecting with tight end Noah Fant for 43 yards on fourth-and-1 before Brandon McManus booted a 32-yard field goal.

--Field Level Media