Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos Matchup Preview (12/6/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
The Kansas City Chiefs will host their division rivals, Denver Broncos, at home at Arrowhead Stadium for week 13’s Sunday night football game. The Chiefs are 10-1 and are looking at the second place seed in the AFC playoff picture. The Denver Broncos just came off their most embarrassing loss of the year where they were without a quarterback in the game. They stand at 4-7 on the season with the third-place spot in the AFC West. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos Matchup Page.
Date: Sunday, December 6th, 2020
Time: 8:20 PM ET
Location: Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, MO
TV Coverage: NBC
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Kansas City Chiefs: Questionable: Tanoh Kpassagnon, Bashaud Breeland, Martinas Rankin, Dorian O’Daniel
Denver Broncos: Questionable: Jerry Jeudy, Malik Reed, Demar Dotson, P.J. Locke, Trey Marshall, Phillip Lindsay, IR: Bryce Callahan
Kansas City Chiefs Analysis
The Kansas City Chiefs just came off of a very impressive win in a potential Super Bowl matchup. The defending Super Bowl champions took on Tom Brady’s Buccaneers and came out winning 27-24 in the game. Tyreek Hill had an absolute day for the Chiefs, with 13 receptions, 269 yards, and three touchdowns. The Chiefs are still in the hunt for taking the only bye week in the AFC, but they will need the Steelers to lose a game for that to happen.
Patrick Mahomes has seriously increased his odds for the MVP recently. Last week especially, he threw for 462 yards and three touchdowns against the Buccaneers’ seriously strong defense. He and Tyreek Hill could not stop connecting in the game while Carlton Davis, the NFL leader in passes defended, had nothing to retaliate with. Mahomes is the current leader in yards and has added on 30 touchdowns, and only thrown two interceptions on the season. Denver has a surprisingly strong passing defense, ranking in the top ten for passing touchdowns and yards allowed on the year. Although, Bryce Callahan being put on injured reserve will hurt their defense.
Clyde-Edwards Helaire leads the minimally used backfield for the Chiefs but has made due in games with his touches. Two weeks ago, he put up two touchdowns and 69 yards off of 14 touches in the backfield. Denver is one of the most rushed against teams in the league, with their opponents averaging 29.5 rushing attempts against them per game. They also allow the 27th most rushing yards per game and the 25th most rushing touchdowns per game. Clyde should be used often in this game. The last time he played against them, he scored his second touchdown of the year.
Kansas City’s defense is well-balanced in proportion to their highly productive offense. This season, they have allowed 21.6 points per game to their opponents. Kansas City struggles in the run game as they allow over 120 rushing yards per game. But, in the passing game, they stay relatively in the pack for defensive presence. The last time they played against the Broncos, they kept the Broncos’ offense to 16 points in the game.
The Kansas City Chiefs, in my opinion, would greatly benefit from a first-round bye week, as any team would. However, for a team like this, they are focused on getting to the Super Bowl and have the best chances of getting there. They need to keep winning to stay on the heels of the Pittsburgh Steelers for that bye week.
Kansas City Chiefs Depth Chart
Denver Broncos Analysis
The Denver Broncos are coming off of a tough-looking loss against the New Orleans Saints last week. All of the Broncos’ quarterbacks were deemed ineligible for this game because they were around one of the other players, who had tested positive for COVID-19. ESPN reported today that Vic Fangio had fined all of the quarterbacks for their wrongdoing in the situation. However, all of them, including starter Drew Lock, is available to play against the Chiefs next week.
Last week, wide receiver Kendall Hinton started at quarterback for the Broncos since all of them were out for COVID protocols. Hinton only completed one of his nine passing attempts in the game, and the Broncos in total, we’re only able to put up one field goal in the game. Drew Lock will come back this week, which is better but not by a whole lot. Drew Lock has thrown the second-most interceptions this season and has the second-worst quarterback rating on the season.
Denver’s rushing offense was extremely prominent last game because they could not throw the ball. Between five guys, however, they only ran for 100 yards. That is saying a decent amount against the best rushing defense in the league, the New Orleans Saints. Denver’s offensive line, in this case, is very dominant, allowing 4.3 yards per carry (14th) plus ranking in the top ten for open level and second level yards. Kansas City’s biggest flaw is rushing defense because they allow 128.2 yards per game in this area and 4.7 yards per attempt. Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay will be strong factors in this game.
Denver’s defense, as I mentioned before, has been quite good for them this season. They rank in the top ten of all defensive passing categories, most impressively allowing just 210 passing yards per game. However, they struggle on rushing defense, allowing 4.5 yards per attempt and over 130 rushing yards per game. However, next week their focus will need to remain on stopping the Chiefs’ passing game to try to take a win off of their record.
Denver Broncos Depth Chart
Betting Corner Chiefs -14
Spread: +/- 14
Moneyline: Chiefs -770, Broncos +540
Spread: Chiefs -14
Moneyline: Chiefs -770
The Chiefs, as I said before, could use this win to propel themselves into a possible playoff bye week. Nonetheless, the Broncos are not a tough opponent for them, and the Broncos are frazzled from their loss last week. The Chiefs should take this one pretty easily, but the spread is a difficult pick. Last time, however, the Chiefs won by 27 points. The Chiefs are 7-4 ATS this season, so I would select the Chiefs.
The over/under is a close call, but I like the over since both teams have hit the over more than the under this season. Last time, these teams went for 59 total points in their game. It might be close since the Chiefs are most likely coasting through the rest of their regular season; however, I still think the line is low enough to hit the over.
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Love/Hate Fantasy Picks
Clyde-Edwards Helaire has been up and down this season for fantasy, mostly because of his limited touches. Last week, he was held to just 11 touches in the backfield for 37 yards. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a strong rushing defense, forcing the Chiefs to pass the ball most of the game (49 times, to be specific). But, the Broncos are below average at containing the run. The last time Clyde played the Broncos, he put up 13.3 fantasy points.
Jerry Jeudy has been a solid enough starter/flex option for this year on the Broncos, averaging 9.8 points per game. However, he will be facing an unfavorable matchup with the Chiefs’ secondary, and I would not recommend starting him. The Chiefs allow the fifth least amount of fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Plus, Jeudy only put up 4 fantasy points in his last matchup against them.