Thursday, November 14, 2013

Week 11 NFL Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos on SNF

Article by TiqIQ

No one could have predicted what would be going down in Week 11, as the 9-0 Kansas City Chiefs take on the 8-1 Denver Broncos. Experts may have pegged the Broncos at 8-1 at this point, and possibly even the team most likely to be 9-0 after nine games. The Chiefs, though? After going 2-14 and owning the #1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, most would have been pleased with 4-5 wins.

Heck, just hitting two wins and matching their wins from a year ago would have probably been acceptable. But in new head coach Andy Reid’s first season in KC, he’s got the Chiefs and their fans thinking of the impossible. And despite an impressive 9-0 start, the impossible includes getting to 10-0 by beating the NFL’s most potent offense.

Peyton Manning and co. welcome to undefeated Chiefs with an insane $564 price tag on average, with a get-in price of $201. That’s a whopping 58% higher than the normal Broncos tickets at home in 2013, and their most expensive home game of the season. In fact, at this point it's the single most expensive NFL game all season. For the road team, it's 315% above Chiefs tickets away from Arrowhead this season.

When you’re talking about a Chiefs defense that hasn’t given up more than 17 points all season, going up against a Broncos team that hasn’t scored less than 28 all season, you know the hype has a legit chance at becoming a reality.

Judging by the numbers alone, the Broncos could easily be sitting pretty after Week 11. After all, Peyton Manning has a ridiculous 33 touchdowns through nine games - on pace for roughly 59 touchdowns. That would be a new NFL record by nine scores.

If Manning’s prolific potential isn’t enough reason to hit this one live and in person, consider KC’s weak road to perfection so far. Aside from Tony Romo, the Chiefs haven’t exactly had to face elite passing offenses, as they’ve taken on the likes of Jeff Tuel, Jason Campbell, Terrelle Pryor and Blaine Gabbert this year, among others. Even sadder? They’ve struggled to win several of those games.

One other interesting note is that the Broncos could just as easily be undefeated right now, themselves. In fact, their lone loss came in an emotional road trip to Indianapolis and the Broncos narrowly let that one get away. Had things gone slightly differently, an already epic matchup would be even glossier for the story books.

Yet here we are, with the Chiefs without a mark and the Broncos ready and willing to deliver their first marked below in 2013. The Chiefs have relied heavily on their defense, while the Broncos have relied just as heavily on their offense.

While that’s been the reality, the Broncos haven’t exactly had an awful defense. Denver has proven it can stop the run when it needs to, while they can also get after the quarterback and force turnovers.

If need be, the Broncos just might come up big on defense. The real question is, can the Chiefs bank on the same on offense with Alex Smith? It’s at least arguably unlikely.

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