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Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos Pick & Prediction OCT 25TH 2020

FinishedTV: CBSSports Authority Field at Mile High Denver

471Kansas City Chiefs
472Denver Broncos

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48.5o -111
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10 14 6 13
6 3 0 7

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Peyton Manning owned the Kansas City Chiefs in his four years with the Denver Broncos. The quarterback beat the AFC West Division rivals in their first seven meetings, and it wasn't until Manning was hurt did Kansas City finally beat the Broncos with Manning on the team.


How the tables have turned.


Since Manning left, and Patrick Mahomes has become the Kansas City quarterback, the Broncos haven't gotten a win in the rivalry. The Chiefs have won nine straight against Denver, the last four with Mahomes under center.


There is some fuel for the resurgent Broncos heading into Sunday's matchup in Denver.


Kansas City (5-1), after a brief stumble against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 5, is rolling again in its first season in 50 years as defending Super Bowl champs.


The already formidable Chiefs have added more firepower with the signing of running back Le'Veon Bell on Oct. 15, two days after he was cut by the New York Jets.


Bell, who spent one-plus season with New York, is happy to be playing for a contender again and is willing to take on a supporting role after being the featured back in Pittsburgh for five seasons and in 17 games with New York.


"When I decided to come here, I already knew the weapons, and there's only one football to kind of go around," Bell said Wednesday before his first practice with his new team. "I think there's going to be a lot of opportunity to kind of show what I can do in space, running routes. I think this offense is a good fit for my skill set."


Rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is coming off his second 100-yard rushing game and ranks second in the NFL with 505 yards in six games. He hasn't been featured much in the passing game, a role in which Bell excels.


Coach Andy Reid said on Wednesday he would see how Bell did in practice during the week before deciding if he will play against Denver.


Wide receiver Sammy Watkins (hamstring) missed Monday's win at Buffalo and didn't practice Wednesday. Neither did defensive ends Taco Charlton (knee) and Alex Okafor (hamstring) and offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz (back).


The Broncos (2-3) have found their footing, winning two straight despite not scoring a touchdown in an 18-12 win at New England last week. Brandon McManus booted six field goals, two from beyond 50 yards, and was named the AFC special teams player of the week.


Denver will need to find the end zone against the explosive Chiefs. Quarterback Drew Lock returned after missing two games with a shoulder injury and shook off some rust.


Lock could be without a couple of key pieces on offense.


Guard Dalton Risner (shoulder), who left the win over the Patriots, tight end Andrew Beck (hamstring) and wide receiver Diontae Spencer (shoulder) did not practice on Wednesday. The good news is tight end Noah Fant (ankle) and wide receiver KJ Hamler (hamstring) were limited participants.


Running back Melvin Gordon III, who didn't make the trip to New England due to strep throat and being charged with a DUI last week, practiced Wednesday. Linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu (quadricep) did not practice.


The Broncos' defense has played well of late but linebacker Bradley Chubb said they need to end a losing streak against Kansas City to be considered a true playoff contender.


"If we want to take that next step, this is the team we need to take that next step against," he said.


--Field Level Media


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Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos

Patrick Mahomes was 15-for-23 passing for 200 yards and a score, Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for a touchdown, and the visiting Kansas City Chiefs trounced the Denver Broncos 43-16 on Sunday.

Byron Pringle returned a kick for a touchdown, Daniel Sorensen returned an interception for another score, Tyreek Hill had six catches for 55 yards and a TD and backup quarterback Chad Henne ran for another for Kansas City, which has won 10 straight against Denver.

Running back Le'Veon Bell, signed 10 days earlier, made his Chiefs' debut with 39 yards rushing on six carries.

Drew Lock threw for 254 yards on 24-of-40 passing and two interceptions and also ran for a touchdown, and Melvin Gordon III rushed for 68 yards and another score but fumbled twice for the Broncos (2-4).

Denver running back Phillip Lindsay rushed for 79 yards on nine carries before leaving late in the first half with a concussion suffered when he was tackled by Sorensen.

Edwards-Helaire, who rushed for 46 yards, got the Chiefs (6-1) rolling with a tackle-breaking, 11-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to put Kansas City ahead 7-0. The Broncos got even after recovering a fumble at the Chiefs' 37-yard line, with Lock running it in from the 2 four plays later.

Brandon McManus missed the extra point, keeping Kansas City ahead. Harrison Butker extended the lead with a 40-yard field goal, and then the Chiefs' defense and special teams padded the advantage.

After pinning Denver at its own 1-yard line, Sorensen jumped a pass to the flat and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown to make it 17-6. McManus answered with a 43-yard field goal but Pringle returned the ensuing kickoff 102 yards for another score and a 24-9 lead.

Butker kicked a pair of field goals in the third quarter to extend the lead and Mahomes connected with Hill for a 10-yard scoring pass early in the fourth quarter. Mahomes extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one TD pass to 17 games.

Gordon scored from 3 yards out to make it 37-16 but Henne, in relief of Mahomes, scored on a one-yard run with 2:58 left.

--Field Level Media