Peyton Manning looks for a sweep of the Chiefs in the noise-asylum that is Arrowhead Stadium in Missouri.
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The Denver Broncos take on the division rival Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football in Week 13 of the NFL season.
The Broncos and QB Peyton Manning in particular, have just not been the same since losing to the Patriots four weeks ago – an easy game against the Raiders was followed by an inexplicable loss to the St. Louis Rams and then a close-call against the Dolphins that required 22 fourth quarter points to get away with. Maybe the Broncos are just in a minor skid or maybe it boils down to a deeper problem, but these are clearly not the same Denver Broncos that dominated opponents every which way back in 2013 – even with all of the gains they made in free agency.
The Chiefs went into Oakland on Thursday November 20th on a five-game winning streak and left with their jaws dropped after losing to the then-0-10 Raiders. Even though the Chiefs are still firmly in the playoff hunt with a 7-4 record, 10 wins may not even be enough for a wild card this year – making this game against the Broncos extremely critical for head coach Andy Reid and QB Alex Smith as they try to keep things close to the vest and get back into the playoffs this year.
Prediction: Broncos – It’s impossible to trust the Chiefs anymore after they dropped one to the hapless Oakland Raiders. Peyton Manning may have struggled in his last two games, but sooner or late he’ll get back on track – and it will most likely be against a team that gives him fits like Kansas City.