Kyle Orton of the Kansas City Chiefs will attempt to take revenge against his old team, the Denver Broncos, in Week 17. John Fox benched Orton for Tim Tebow and eventually released the veteran quarterback. Now the starting QB in Kansas City can turn a meaningless game for the Chiefs into a devastating loss the Denver.
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver CO
When: Sunday, Jan. 1 at 4:15 p.m. EST
Listen: Chiefs Radio Network
Betting Line: Broncos -3.5, according to Accuscore.com.
What’s At Stake?
For all of the Chiefs besides Kyle Orton, nothing is at stake but pride. For Orton, though, the taste of revenge after getting benched and cut will be his ideal late-Christmas present.
The Broncos can clinch the AFC West title with a win. After their horrid start to the season, they’ll be determined to complete their impressive comeback.
Broncos Injury Report
According to USA Today, Brian Dawkins is doubtful for not only Sunday’s game, but he could be out for the remainder of the season after re-injuring his neck last week.
Chiefs Injury Report
Safety Jon McGraw is questionable with an ankle injury that he sustained in Week 14 (he hasn’t played since).
What They’re Saying
Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post tweeted that Von Miller didn’t seem sold on Tim Tebow not being voted into the Pro Bowl.
According to ESPN, Tamba Hali isn’t going to let up just because of there isn’t anything to play for this week as the Pro Bowl outside linebacker said, “It's disappointing that we can't play in the postseason, (but) we signed up to play 16. We've got to go there and show those guys we can play.”
Broncos Player To Watch
Against Kansas City, we’ll see if Tebow’s rough outing was just another hiccup or the beginning of a trend.
Chiefs Player To Watch
Expect Kyle Orton to play on fire this Sunday. It will be much easier said than done to pick apart a defense featuring Elvis Dumervil, Champ Bailey and Von Miller, but that’s what Orton will set out to do. If the game means as much to his teammates as it does to him, the Chiefs will be tough to beat.
Willis McGahee vs. Derrick Johnson
McGahee is having his best statistical season since 2007 after rushing for 1,054 yards and four touchdowns on 4.8 yards a pop this year. Johnson earned a Pro Bowl roster spot for leading the Chiefs in tackles with a total of 126, the most he’s recorded in his seven-year career. If the Kansas City linebacker can slow down McGahee along with backup running back Lance Ball, the Chiefs will be in great shape.
On the Hot Seat
Romeo Crennel took over for the fired Todd Haley, but if he doesn’t impress, his job could be in danger too. ESPN reported that when asked about his job status he answered:
I try to win every game. Every game is important to me. So what will happen will happen. I don't believe what I say, what I think, is going to make any difference. It's what I do, the work that I put out there. That's the thing that will make the impact.
The Broncos may be on a two-game losing streak, but in a win-and-you’re-in game, Denver will find a way to bounce back. Their defense will shut down the Chiefs’ poor offense and Tebow will take care of business in the fourth quarter.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer. Follow him on Twitter.