5 things to watch for as Denver Broncos take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field
Broncos sweep AFC West Division with a win
Last Updated: 144 days ago
DENVER - The Denver Broncos face the Kansas City Chiefs for the 105th time on Sunday. The Broncos are looking to win their eleventh-straight regular season game and also secure playoff positioning with the victory. Broncos head coach John Fox could win his 100th career game and a couple of new team records could be made, just a couple of things for you to watch for on Sunday.
1. Why is this game so important?
It's all about playoff positioning. If the Broncos can beat the Chiefs, then they will lock up the second seed in the playoffs and have a bye week. But, if the Houston Texans lose to the Indianapolis Colts, then Denver would move up to the top seed and have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
If they lose however, it could be a different story. The Broncos could fall all the way into the third seed if they lose, combined with the New England Patriots beating the Miami Dolphins. The Broncos would then host the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round of the playoffs next week. Denver could still hold onto the second seed if the Dolphins upset the Patriots. Whew! Confusing enough? Ok, let's move on.
2. Record-Breaking Sunday?
A couple of Broncos team records could fall on Sunday. If Peyton Manning throws for 300-yards, then he would break Jay Cutler's record for the most 300-yard passing games in a single season, which currently stands at eight games. Manning threw for 285 yards in his first matchup against the Chiefs this season.
If Von Miller or Elvis Dumervil forces one fumble, then they would top Dennis Smith's record for the most forced-fumbles in a single season, which sits at six games.
3. Perfect divisional record on the line
The Broncos would sweep through the AFC West Division with a win on Sunday. It would only be the second time Denver has done this since 1998. That year the Broncos finished the season with an 8-0 division record. The Broncos would also become the second team in franchise history to win at least 11 regular season games in a row. The 1998 Broncos won 13 games in a row.
4. Kansas City's Offensive Woes
The Kansas City Chiefs rank last in the NFL scoring (13.9 points per game) and last in turnovers (37). The Chiefs have scored 20 or more points in a game only once in the last 11 games.
5. Player to watch: Kansas City Jamaal Charles
The bright spot to the Chiefs offense is in running back Jamaal Charles. Charles has rushed for 1,456 yards with five touchdowns in the season. The five-year pro rushed for 107 yards in the first meeting against the Broncos. Denver comes into the game with the third-ranked rushing defense, giving up 91 yards per game.
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