KCCD Writer: Elliot Dennis
Week 12 brings the Broncos to Kansas City for the first meeting of the season in this AFC West rivalry matchup. The last meeting between the teams was 1/1/12 with the Chiefs winning that game 7-3. The last meeting at Arrowhead was 11/13/11, with the Broncos winning that game 17-10. The Chiefs hold the all-time series lead against the Broncos, 56-48.
Chiefs: DOUBTFUL: Tackle Branden Albert (back) QUESTIONABLE: Guard Jon Asamoah (thumb), Guard/Center Ryan Lilja (knee) PROBABLE: Wide Receiver Jonathan Baldwin (head/neck), Wide Receiver Dwayne Bowe (head/neck), Tight End Steve Maneri (ankle), Tight End Tony Moeaki (shoulder/back)
Broncos: QUESTIONABLE: Cornerback Omar Bolden (concussion) PROBABLE: Defensive End Robert Ayers (groin), Tight End Virgil Green (hamstring), Running Back Ronnie Hillman (hamstring), Guard Chris Kuper (ankle), Running Back Knowshon Moreno (groin), Cornerback Tracy Porter (illness), Wide Receiver Demaryius Thomas (knee), Defensive End Derek Wolfe (quad)
Chiefs’ Offense: Brady Quinn back to starting
I apologize once again, Stanzi supporters. The coaching staff just does not want him to play. Unfortunately the Cassel/Quinn quarterback rotation continues this week with Quinn getting the starting nod against Denver’s up-and-coming defense.
The offensive line is in question once again this week, as now it looks like Branden Albert will not play. Three starters might not play this week, which means Denver’s dynamic pass-rushing duo of Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil should have field days against KC’s weakened O-line.
The availability of Dwayne Bowe and Jonathan Baldwin has been in question all week, but it looks as if both will play. This will be huge for the Chief offense, Brady Quinn would have nobody to throw to otherwise.
Jamaal Charles could be limited as well. Denver’s defense is rated 5th against the run giving up only 93.8 yards per game.
I predict the offensive struggles continue once again. The Chiefs will allow lots of sacks, turn the ball over, and will not get the ground game going once again. Expect the Stanzi chants at Arrowhead on Sunday.
Chiefs’ Defense: Can Manning be Stopped?
After a solid defensive performance in week 10 against the Pittsburg Steelers, the Chiefs’ D got shredded by the suddenly hot Bengals last week. They could not stop the run or the pass, and allowed 4 offensive touchdowns. As stated in the past, the Chiefs’ D is very inconsistent from week-to-week.
With Willis McGahee out for the year, the Chiefs can focus primarily on stopping the Manning-led Broncos passing attack this week. The primary focus has to be shutting down the outside receivers, Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas.
Thomas is having a breakout season (57 recs, 933 yards, 5 TDs) and Decker has been impressive as well, specifically in the red-zone (50 recs, 621 yards, 8 TDs). If the Chiefs want any shot of winning, they have to shut this duo down.
Tamba Hali and Justin Houston will have to have monster performances for any chance to win, as Denver’s offensive line is tied for second in the NFL with only 14 sacks allowed all season.
Overall, I do not believe that the Chiefs will be able to shut Manning’s offense down. The secondary has too many problems, the D is too inconsistent as a unit, and teams have not been able to pressure Manning all season. Denver hangs 30+ in KC.
Prediction: Chiefs: 3 – Broncos: 38
This team has too many holes right now. The offensive line is in shambles and will be going against what might be the league’s best pass rush. Expect multiple turnovers from whoever is playing quarterback for KC.