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The Denver Broncos looked like the favorite to win the division going into their game with the New England Patriots, but after two losses in a row, they really need to win against the Kansas City Chiefs to guarantee a playoff berth.
The Broncos have been a remarkable story this year behind the leadership of quarterback Tim Tebow, but Tebow had a terrible game against the Buffalo Bills in a 40-14 loss. If Tebow can bounce back against a tough Kansas City defense, they should make the playoffs. However, he will need help from receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker and running back Willis McGahee.
The Chiefs should have an improved offense thanks to new quarterback Kyle Orton, who, interestingly, was picked up by the Chiefs after the Broncos waived him. He has a chance to sink his former team this week. Receivers Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin will be factors, but running back Jackie Battle will be out with an injury.
Defensively, both teams have played well lately. The Broncos have struggled the past two weeks, but they have a good pass rush with Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil. They will, however, be without safety Brian Dawkins. The Chiefs figured out how to limit Aaron Rodgers and delivered the Packers their only loss of the season.
This should be a close game, but when it comes down to the end, I'm going to go with Tebow and the Broncos.
Broncos 25, Chiefs 24