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Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs Pick & Prediction DEC 6TH 2020

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Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs Recap DEC 6TH 2020

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

Last week the Denver Broncos learned what it was like playing without a true NFL quarterback. Now, they are set for another run-in against one of the game's true superstars.

Denver (4-7) visits Kansas City (10-1) on Sunday night as Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs look to clinch at least a share of their fifth consecutive AFC West title.

A week ago, the Broncos turned to undrafted rookie wide receiver Kendall Hinton to quarterback the team after all of their quarterbacks were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and missed what became a 31-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

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"Watching it was a gut-wrenching feeling the whole time," acknowledged starter Drew Lock, who returned to practice Wednesday.

Backup Brett Rypien also practiced Wednesday, while another activated veteran, Blake Bortles, remained isolated as the Broncos looked to prevent another complete coronavirus shutdown.

Lock, Rypien and Bortles did not wear masks last Tuesday around another quarterback, Jeff Driskel, who tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the NFL to sideline the other QBs because of contact tracing protocols.

"We want to make sure that we're preventing the spread of the virus," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday at halftime of the rescheduled Baltimore-Pittsburgh game. "That's why when we see high-risk, close-contact, like we had in Denver, regardless of the position group we're going to make sure those players aren't in a position where they can affect others."

Each Denver quarterback received team fines for their actions and drew criticism from Vic Fangio, though the Broncos coach did not anticipate further blowback from the uproar created.

"I think the guys are ready to move past it," Fangio said. "It was a mistake and we paid a price for it. It's what happened with the game. It's time for all of us to move on."

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Now that some semblance of normalcy has been restored, the Broncos will attempt to snap a 10-game losing streak against the Chiefs, who won the season's first division matchup, 43-16, on Oct. 25.

Kansas City's passing game is executing in rarefied air. Tyreek Hill ranks second in the NFL in receiving yardage with 1,021 yards, and tight end Travis Kelce ranks third, with 978. Both guys are cashing in NFL player props like crazy this season.

Mahomes continues to dazzle, too, leading the league with 3,497 yards, with 30 touchdowns against two interceptions in 423 attempts.

Hill has an NFL-best 13 receiving touchdowns, including three in a 27-24 victory last week at Tampa Bay, where he set a Chiefs record with six receptions of 20-plus yards.

When Sammy Watkins returned to the arsenal last week off a hamstring injury, the veteran receiver immediately noticed his teammates' swift efficiency.

"I'm just trying to catch up," Watkins said.

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Kansas City starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland missed practice Wednesday with an illness but is expected to play, while linebacker Dorian O'Daniel (ankle) did not practice and defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon (hip) was limited.

Denver running back Phillip Lindsay (knee) did not practice Wednesday but is expected to play. Others who did not practice were tackle Demar Dotson (hand), safety Trey Marshall (shin) and outside linebacker Malik Reed (shin). Cornerback Bryce Callahan (foot) was placed on IR.

With the Chiefs at home, this one will be a blowout and KC will cover against the point spread.

--Field Level Media

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Denver Broncos

Kansas City Chiefs

Player Position Lineup
Garett Bolles primary: Left Tackle Starter
Bradley Chubb primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Noah Fant primary: Tight End Starter
Kareem Jackson primary: Strong Safety Starter
Josey Jewell primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Alexander Johnson primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Phillip Lindsay primary: Runningback Starter
Drew Lock primary: Quarterback Starter
Tim Patrick primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Malik Reed primary: Strong Linebacker Starter
Dalton Risner primary: Left Guard Starter
Justin Simmons primary: Free Safety Starter
A.J. Bouye primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Graham Glasgow primary: Right Guard Starter
Nick Vannett primary: Tight End Starter
Shelby Harris primary: Defensive End Starter
Jerry Jeudy primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Michael Ojemudia primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Lloyd Cushenberry III primary: Center Starter
Essang Bassey primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Demar Dotson primary: Right Tackle Starter
DeShawn Williams primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Calvin Anderson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Andrew Beck primary: Fullback Substitution
Duke Dawson Jr. primary: Cornerback Substitution
Royce Freeman primary: Runningback Substitution
Troy Fumagalli primary: Tight End Substitution
DaeSean Hamilton primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Alijah Holder primary: Safety Substitution
Dre'Mont Jones primary: Defensive End Substitution
Joe Jones primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Brandon McManus primary: Kicker Substitution
DeMarcus Walker primary: Defensive End Substitution
Josh Watson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Elijah Wilkinson primary: Guard Substitution
P.J. Locke primary: Safety Substitution
Jacob Bobenmoyer primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Melvin Gordon III primary: Runningback Substitution
Jeremiah Attaochu primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Sam Martin primary: Punter Substitution
Austin Schlottmann primary: Guard Substitution
KJ Hamler primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Tyrie Cleveland primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Austin Calitro primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Anthony Chickillo primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Sylvester Williams primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
De'Vante Bausby primary: Cornerback Did not play
Trey Marshall primary: Safety Not active
Jeremy Cox primary: Runningback Not active
Brett Rypien primary: Quarterback Did not play
McTelvin Agim primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Netane Muti primary: Guard Not active
Mark Barron primary: Defensive Back Not active
Kevin Toliver II primary: Cornerback Not active
Player Position Lineup
Nick Allegretti primary: Left Guard Starter
Frank Clark primary: Right Defensive End Starter
Eric Fisher primary: Left Tackle Starter
Tyreek Hill primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Anthony Hitchens primary: Linebacker Starter
Chris Jones primary: Left Defensive Tackle Starter
Travis Kelce primary: Tight End Starter
Tanoh Kpassagnon primary: Left Defensive End Starter
Patrick Mahomes primary: Quarterback Starter
Tyrann Mathieu primary: Strong Safety Starter
Derrick Nnadi primary: Right Defensive Tackle Starter
Austin Reiter primary: Center Starter
Daniel Sorensen primary: Free Safety Starter
Charvarius Ward primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Sammy Watkins primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Damien Wilson primary: Linebacker Starter
Andrew Wylie primary: Right Guard Starter
Mike Remmers primary: Right Tackle Starter
Demarcus Robinson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Bashaud Breeland primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Willie Gay primary: Linebacker Starter
Le'Veon Bell primary: Runningback Starter
Harrison Butker primary: Kicker Substitution
Rashad Fenton primary: Cornerback Substitution
Mecole Hardman primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Marcus Kemp primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ben Niemann primary: Linebacker Substitution
Alex Okafor primary: Defensive End Substitution
Darwin Thompson primary: Runningback Substitution
Juan Thornhill primary: Safety Substitution
Armani Watts primary: Safety Substitution
Darrel Williams primary: Runningback Substitution
James Winchester primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Deon Yelder primary: Tight End Substitution
Chris Lammons primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Nick Keizer primary: Tight End Substitution
Antonio Hamilton primary: Cornerback Substitution
Mike Pennel primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Anthony Sherman primary: Fullback Substitution
L'Jarius Sneed primary: Cornerback Substitution
Mike Danna primary: Defensive End Substitution
Tommy Townsend primary: Punter Substitution
Yasir Durant primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Tershawn Wharton primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Darius Harris primary: Linebacker Not active
Martinas Rankin primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Khalen Saunders primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Tim Ward primary: Defensive End Not active
Chad Henne primary: Quarterback Did not play
Ricky Seals-Jones primary: Tight End Not active
Clyde Edwards-Helaire primary: Runningback Did not play
Bopete Keyes primary: Cornerback Not active
Daniel Kilgore primary: Center Did not play
Stefen Wisniewski primary: Guard Did not play

Denver Broncos

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 35 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Harrison Butker
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 53 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Brandon McManus
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 23 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Harrison Butker
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 24 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Harrison Butker
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 5 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Tim Patrick
    • Conv Kicker: Brandon McManus
    • Passer: Drew Lock
  • Period 3
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 20 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Travis Kelce
    • Conv Kicker: Harrison Butker
    • Passer: Patrick Mahomes
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 10 Yards
    • Passer: Drew Lock
    • Pass Receiver: Tim Patrick
    • Conv Passer: Drew Lock
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 31 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Harrison Butker
  • Period 4
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 48 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Harrison Butker
  • Match End


Last 10

W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • Las Vegas L 32 - 31
  • @L.A. Chargers L 16 - 19
  • Buffalo L 48 - 19
  • @Carolina W 32 - 27
  • @Kansas City L 16 - 22
  • New Orleans L 31 - 3
  • Miami W 13 - 20
  • @Las Vegas L 12 - 37
  • @Atlanta L 27 - 34
  • L.A. Chargers W 30 - 31
W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • @Tampa Bay L 9 - 31
  • Buffalo W 24 - 38
  • Cleveland W 17 - 22
  • L.A. Chargers L 38 - 21
  • Atlanta W 14 - 17
  • @New Orleans W 32 - 29
  • @Miami W 33 - 27
  • Denver W 16 - 22
  • @Tampa Bay W 27 - 24
  • @Las Vegas W 35 - 31

Last Meetings

  • Broncos @ Chiefs 16-22
  • 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

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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