AFC West rivals clash when the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs take on the Denver Broncos in the Week 11 edition of Sunday Night Football.
The two sides are set to meet twice in the next three weeks. This is a particularly interesting matchup under the national spotlight with the Broncos on a two-game win streak and the Chiefs yet to lose.
Chiefs-Broncos combined win pct of .944 (17-1) is highest for a game this late in a season since 1969, when 11-0 Rams played 10-1 Vikings.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 14, 2013
Perhaps even more interesting: Entering Week 11, all 17 of the teams' combined victories have come against opponents without a winning record.
When: Sunday, Nov. 17, at 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colo.
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)
- Over/Under: 49.5
- Spread: Denver (-8)
Chiefs Injury Report (via NFL.com)
NFL.com as of 11/14
Broncos Injury Report (via NFL.com)
NFL.com as of 11/14
Will the Denver Offensive Line Hold?
Despite a brief injury scare in Week 10, Manning will surely see the field against Kansas City's elite defense per the team's Twitter account:
That's great news, but Manning needs to be upright and healthy to stand a chance against the Chiefs. Kansas City has a three-headed monster on defense that generates sacks at a frightening pace:
If Manning is to avoid Justin Houston and others, his line needs to step up. While Denver has given up the second-fewest sacks in the NFL, eight of 13 have come in the past three games.
So far that has not drastically caused a hit in Manning's production (he was sacked twice in Week 10 but threw for 330 yards and four scores). That luck will run out against such a stout defense.
If Kansas City can consistently put Manning on his back, the Chiefs will retain that goose egg in the loss column.
As impressive as the Chiefs have been, a tall task awaits when Manning welcomes them at home on Sunday night.
Which team wins?
The Chiefs offense is simply not built to play from behind. Instead, Kansas City leans on a ground attack with Jamaal Charles and others on the way to 119 yards per game.
The problem here is simple—Manning and the Broncos are the only team in the NFL to average over 30 points per game. They average 41.2.
Manning has thrown for over 300 yards in eight of nine games and multiple touchdowns in all. The Broncos are simply too much for Kansas City to compete with at home.
Final Score: Broncos 34, Chiefs 17