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Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos Pick & Prediction JAN 8TH 2022

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Logo Kansas City Chiefs
VS
Logo Denver Broncos
0
OPENNER
43

-12 -115
CURRENT
43o -110

-750
MONEYLINE
+500

28
SCORE
24

The Kansas City Chiefs have their spot in the playoffs already set. They’ve also clinched the AFC West, so we shouldn’t expect too many starters in on Saturday. Still, there’s a chance that the main starters will kick the game off, but be out after a few quarters. The last thing the Chiefs want to do is risk any injuries, especially to Patrick Mahomes.

The Denver Broncos don’t have a place in the playoffs, but can still finish their season strong. They’re currently 7-9 and a win here would put them at nearly .500. The good news for them is they won’t have to worry about most of the Chiefs’ starters. However, that doesn’t mean a guaranteed win for the Broncos. Taking on Chad Henne might be tougher than they think.

Chiefs vs. Broncos Betting Lines

TV: CBS

MONEY LINE: Chiefs (-475) vs. Broncos (+385)

SPREAD: Chiefs -10.5 (-105) vs. Broncos +10.5 (-115)

GAME TOTAL: Over 44 (-115) vs. Under 44 (-105)

Chiefs vs. Broncos Preview, Trends and Stats

Even if the Chiefs don’t play their starters, they still have one of the best teams in the NFL. What’s most impressive this season is their defense allowing just 21.3 points per game. This is mainly shocking because they’ve struggled to get their defense going for years. Now it seems that all of the chips are beginning to fall into place. They also claimed another division title.

The defense alone could be enough to stop the Broncos, but that’s not all they’re good at. The Chiefs average 28.3 points per game, ranking 4th in the NFL. If Patrick Mahomes is out, the offense will take a hit, but they won’t completely collapse. The way Andy Reid built the system is for any quarterback to step in and be successful. Expect the same from whoever plays Saturday.

One of the looming problems for the Broncos this season was the injuries piling up. It seemed as if each week the list of players out increased. This week is no different as regular injuries and COVID-19 protocols have players out. Even if the Broncos are playing the Chiefs backups, they’re missing a ton of starters as well. This includes Bradley Chubb and Jerry Jeudy.

These injuries are part of the reason why the Broncos have a 7-9 record. This is also the reason why they have the 23rd ranked offense in the NFL. What we won’t discredit is the Broncos defense, who allows just 18.4 points per game. This defense could give the Chiefs some trouble along with playing at Mile High Stadium in the winter.

Chiefs vs. Broncos Pick

Chiefs 24 - Broncos 16

We definitely don’t like how high the spread is in this game. The Chiefs and Broncos are both shorthanded and a 10.5-point spread isn’t good for anyone. The Chiefs have an 8-8 record against the spread but have gone 6-1 ATS in their last seven. The Broncos on the other hand have gone 1-4 ATS in their last five games.

Still, the Broncos defense should be able to limit what the Chiefs can do. We also don’t imagine that all of the Chiefs starters will remain in this game. That being said, we’re going to take the home team +10.5 in this one. The Broncos might not win the game, but they should keep it close enough to be competitive.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Denver's last 10 games.

2. The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Denver's last 7 games against Kansas City.

3. The Denver Broncos have a 4-4 ATS record at home this season.

Best Bet: Denver Broncos +10.5

PREDICTION
Kansas City Chiefs
29
16
Denver Broncos

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

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