For those that have backed Kansas City the entire season, this game signifies just one step closer to a postseason appearance and one step further away from the failed previous regime. The detractors, however, see this contest as a way for the Chiefs to validate their current unbeaten record -- one that is seen as a sort of fool's gold with the seemingly undemanding schedule they have had to navigate thus far.
Will the Broncos be able to keep up their record-scoring pace against the league's top defense? Or will the Chiefs find a way to thwart Manning and Co. on offense? Something will have to give, so be prepared for one of the season's best games.
Here are a few things to follow during Sunday night's contest.
When: Sunday, November 17 at 8:30 p.m. EST on NBC
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado
Players to Watch: Dontari Poe and Peyton Manning
Key Matchup: Entire Chiefs defense vs. entire Broncos offense
Chiefs Bold Prediction: Ryan Succop Hits 50-Plus Yard Game-Winning Field Goal
What a way for this one to end, right?
A hard-fought game coming down to the wire. The thin, cold air in Denver. And Succop hushes all the naysayers, keeping the Chiefs undefeated against the team that everyone has gushed about all season with a booted bomb that splits the uprights.
Randy Covitz of The Kansas City Star gives us his Chiefs' top five Mile High memories against the Broncos, and atop the list is the Monday Night Miracle. How awesome would it be if Kansas City couples that with its own Sunday Night Stunner?
**I call dibs on that name should this happen**
Broncos Bold Prediction and Fantasy Beast: Knowshon Moreno Tallies at Least 25 Touches, 150 Yards and One Touchdown
Out of all of the Broncos to choose from, Moreno gets the nod here as potential to having the biggest game this week.
The Chiefs will turn much of their focus on making sure Manning and his receiving targets do not beat them in the passing game, leaving Moreno plenty of chances to make an impact out of the backfield.
Kansas City gives up a league-worst five yards per carry but has only yielded two rushing touchdowns, so Moreno's ability to catch passes out of the backfield will come into play here as well -- where he has added 37 receptions for 336 yards and a score to his stat sheet.
The Chiefs will come hard at Manning, which will often leave Moreno open in the flat or when the play breaks down. And when Kansas City drops six or seven into coverage, Manning is likely to switch the play up at the line of scrimmage and call the running back's number there as well.
While Kansas City has had two weeks to prepare for this game, Denver has too many weapons to stop them all from contributing. With the Broncos passing attack being the primary focus, Moreno might be the key here.
Fantasy Bust: Chiefs D/ST
Kansas City's D/ST has been a fantasy juggernaut this season, scoring 143 point in standard leagues -- 29 points more than the second-best Carolina Panthers. This week, however, might force owners to play a better matchup as the Chiefs will be facing the high-scoring Denver offense.
While the Broncos have turned the ball over 18 times on the season and have allowed two interceptions to be returned for scores, their opponents' D/ST's are putting up just 3.67 points against this team on a weekly basis (according to Yahoo).
Though the Chiefs will certainly bring that number further north of zero with its defensive prowess, it might not be enough to carry owners to a victory like in weeks past.
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