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08 January 2022

 

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Saturday, January 08th Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos

 

 

Week 18 of the NFL season actually begins on Saturday night with a pair of important games. The Denver Broncos host the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, and the visitors are in need of a big victory.

Kansas City suffered a disappointing 34-31 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17, and it dropped them out of the top spot in the AFC. Kansas City had won eight straight games leading up to that point, and they will want to begin a new streak on Saturday. 

Denver comes into this game with a record of just 7-9, and the Broncos have now lost three straight games. This team has been dealing with a number of injuries of late, and this has been another disappointing season for Denver. 

The Kansas City Chiefs are 9.5-point betting favorites over the Denver Broncos. 

Chiefs Cruising on Offense

The Chiefs were struggling to find their rhythm early in the season, but they have been clicking on all cylinders of late. Kansas City comes into Week 18 averaging 28 points per game, and they continue to do most of the damage through the air. 

Patrick Mahomes has thrown for over 4,500 yards and 35 touchdowns this season, and he continues to have plenty of weapons. Kansas City has struggled with turnovers at times this season, and that could do them in when the playoffs start.

The defense of Kansas City has improved throughout the year, and they are now giving up just over 21 points per game. That unit should put up a low number in this Week 18 battle on Saturday night.

Broncos Struggling to Score

Denver is scoring just 19 points per game, and they continue to struggle to pick up yards through the air. The Broncos are averaging 114 rushing yards per game, and they will use that attack to slow this game down. 

The best asset of this Broncos team continues to be the defense, even after trading away Von Miller earlier in the year. Denver is holding teams to less than 19 points per game, and they will come after Patrick Mahomes. 

Denver will be able to keep up if this game is in the 20’s, and that is the goal for the Broncos.

Broncos Battle But Chiefs Come Through

Even though Kansas City is already locked into the playoffs in the AFC, the Chiefs will be looking to improve their seed with a win. Kansas City is back to putting up some big numbers on offense, and this should be another big performance. 

Denver has been a dominant defensive team, but they just don’t have the offense to keep up. The Broncos are going to battle and keep this game close, but they just won’t have enough to finish it off with a win. 

The Chiefs might rest some starters if this game gets out of hand, but Denver is going to cover the spread in Week 18. Take the 9.5 points and back the Denver Broncos, but it will be the Kansas City Chiefs that will pick up a victory in Week 18.

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