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(CBS Denver) — The Kansas City Chiefs may not run away with the AFC West again this season after all. The Chiefs lost to the Las Vegas Raiders two weeks ago for their first loss of the season. And this week they draw a hot Denver Broncos team looking to continue their winning ways. The Raiders, meanwhile, host Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Broncos should be happy with their progress, beating the New York Jets, 37-28, for their first win of the season and following that up by taking down the New England Patriots, 18-12. “It’s a team that seems like it has a lot of momentum,” says Spencer. “Didn’t get into the end zone in that victory against the Patriots. But I think we saw a lot of good things from Drew Lock. We saw a lot of good things from Phillip Lindsay. This offense is starting to click. And I thought the defense was really, really dominant in that win over the Patriots. They forced three turnovers, got to Cam Newton four times.”
But let’s add a little perspective to those two wins. The first came against a Jets teams that is easily the worst in the NFL. And the Broncos allowed the most points the Jets have scored all season. The second win came over the Patriots, admittedly a much more formidable opponent. Due to COVID-19 issues, that matchup was delayed from Week 5 to Week 6. And in that time, the Patriots were allowed to practice just once. With ample chance to prepare, Bill Belichick might have ensure a different result.
While a win is a win, the Chiefs, 5-1, present a much more formidable opponent. “The Chiefs have won nine straight games over the Broncos,” Spencer points out. “Justin Simmons, who was drafted back in 2016, has never beaten the Kansas City Chiefs. That’s how bad it has been. Peyton Manning was the starting quarterback the last time the Broncos beat the Chiefs.”
Beating the Chiefs this week will require more than just field goals. Drew Lock will have to do better than 10-24 passing for 189 yards. And the offense will have a find the end zone… multiple times. On the other side of the ball, the Broncos defense will need to harass Patrick Mahomes like they did Cam Newton. And all that may still not be enough.
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