Broncos vs. Chiefs Betting Predictions

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Denver vs. Kansas City, NFL Betting Predictions, December 6

The good news for the Denver Broncos is that we all expect they’ll actually be able to start one of their quarterbacks this week. The bad news is the last opponent Denver needed after such a tumultuous week was the exact foe that is on their schedule. The Kansas City Chiefs have been an unstoppable force in recent weeks, and there’s little reason to believe Denver can slow down Kansas City’s roll.

Broncos vs. Chiefs Betting Odds

Denver can put aside the disastrous 48 hours of last weekend, but the Broncos will need to be at their best to win Sunday. However, the Broncos have allowed 30 or more points in four of their last five games, which is not the recipe for success against the Chiefs. Denver has done an efficient job at limiting team’s yardage as it ranks 11th in yards allowed per game, but the Broncos are 24th in points allowed, which is all that really matters. The big test for Denver will be how well it can contain Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ passing offense, which has just been dissecting defenses on a weekly basis. On the other side of the ball, Drew Lock needs to jumpstart the offense after a horrific game last week, but even before then, it wasn’t a great ride. Denver has scored just 35 combined points in the last three weeks after scoring 58 in the two weeks prior.

Kansas City’s defense is the exact opposite of Denver’s in the sense that the Chiefs are middle of the pack in terms of yards allowed, but they excel at keeping teams off the scoreboard. However, there isn’t a lot of pressure on the Chiefs defense to be great when Kansas City’s offense is as dynamic as it has been this season. Mahomes has tossed just two interceptions and thrown 30 touchdown passes while completing 68.8 percent of his passes. This week is another chance for Clyde Edwards-Helaire to make an impact on the offense as Denver ranks near the bottom of the league in rushing defense. But all of the attention is rightfully on Mahomes and his connection with Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, who have combined to catch 48.8 percent of Mahomes’ passes, 57 percent of his yards 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. They are both matchup nightmares in unique ways, and Kansas City still finds a way to get them the ball in positions that allow them to succeed.

The New Jersey online sports betting sites set the over/under on this game at 50.5 points, which is putting faith in the Denver offense. Kansas City had scored 33 points in four straight games before last week’s 27-point output, and I expect they’ll be able to produce similar results this week. It all comes down to whether or not Denver’s offense can return to the form that allowed it to score 20 points against Miami, 27 against Atlanta and 31 against the Chargers in a four-week stretch. The Chiefs have some holes on defense and the Broncos did put up 400 yards of offense in the first meeting. However, the Broncos are in a lot of flux right now on offense, so I’ll bet the under 50.5 total points at -105 odds.

Chiefs to win

It’s hard to imagine many teams are worthy of being a single-digit underdog to the Chiefs right now. Kansas City is a 14-point favorite this week, and that might not be enough to cover the discrepancy between these two teams. The Broncos are the only team to hold Mahomes to just one passing touchdown, but that had more to do with Kansas City scoring touchdowns on both defense and special teams. Denver’s defense is a no match for this Kansas City offense, and the NFL betting sites in New Jersey know it. Denver’s offense is also a mess right now, even though the Broncos will get their quarterbacks back this week. It all sets up for the Chiefs roll by at least three touchdowns, so I’ll bet Kansas City laying 20.5 points at +200 odds.

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Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has been covering college and professional sports in the United States. He holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and his work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times and Providence Journal. He most recently chronicled the UMass hockey teams rise to prominence over the last two years for the local newspaper

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