Prior to last weekend’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, the Denver Broncos were one of a handful of undefeated teams. The Broncos, behind franchise quarterback Peyton Manning, “flamed out” against the Colts, dropping their Won-Loss record to 7-1.
It was a shocking upset even though Manning had been playing at a subpar level (for him) so far this season. Despite his spotty play, Denver had been able to put a dynamic defense on the field. Its play helped this squad to win its first seven games.
The Colts, a pre-season choice by many pundits to play in the Super Bowl had underperformed up until last weekend’s surprise outburst against Denver. The team’s franchise quarterback, Andrew Luck, had been shockingly mediocre. All that changed on Sunday when Denver was knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten.
This Sunday, the Broncos will be back at home where they are tough to beat. Their opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs, remembered how to play winning football this a few days ago after performing much worse than expected through the first seven games.
Head Coach Andy Reid may have found the formula to get his squad back into a consistent winning mode in time to “save the season.” However, the Chiefs are in the West Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) along with this Sunday’s opponent, the Denver Broncos.
The difference between the two teams can be measured in games won and lost. The Broncos, with a Won-Loss record of 7-1 sit comfortably in first place while the Chiefs, with a Won-Loss record of 3-5, find themselves in third place, four full games behind the front-runners.
It is not too late for Kansas City to turn its season around and find its way into the postseason. However, this squad can’t afford to lose too many more games, especially this game which is going to be played against a divisional foe.
Denver will rely on its stout defense and hope that Peyton Manning, nearing forty years of age, can recapture some of the magic that has made him a “legend in his own time.”
The Chiefs have superior team speed and playmakers on both sides of the ball like WR Jeremy Maclin and All Pro LB Justin Houston. They have a losing record because team performances have been spotty and inconsistent.
But this is a big game for the visitors. If Kansas City can find a way to win “on the road,” this Midwestern squad may be able to remain relevant for the rest of the 2015-2016 Season.
The Home team Broncos, with the support of their fans, will try to recover from last weekend’s surprise loss and, at the same time, turn the Chiefs into an afterthought for the remainder of the season.
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