Reviews and Previews: Chiefs Ready for Final Push

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Nov 2, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half against the New York Jets at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

AFC West Week 14 Preview 

Up next for the Chiefs is another divisional game. This time they take on the Chargers at home and so far the Chiefs are favored by double digits. This really isn’t that surprising seeing as the Chargers lost the last contest by 30 points. This is a dangerous match-up to overlook for the Chiefs as the Chargers would like nothing more than to play spoiler like the Chiefs did last year.

Seeing the grit and determination of this team makes me think that they will go into this game with just as much preparation as Raider week and maybe get a few key players back in the lineup. Last week defensive end Allen Bailey practiced in a limited capacity while DeAnthony Thomas and center Mitch Morse did not practice at all with concussion symptoms.

Look for Morse, Thomas and Bailey to get back in the swing of things this week and Justin Houston is still up in the air. If the Chiefs can get at least Morse back to move Zach Fulton back to guard then it should be all they need to take care of business. Look for the defense to key in on  tight end Antonio Gates and running back Danny Woodhead who have been the most productive play makers for the Chargers. Consistent pressure on Philip Rivers will force him to make bad decisions and all the offense will have to do is hold on to the ball for an easy Chiefs victory.

I see Smith continuing his streak of no interceptions and Rivers throwing two picks as the Chiefs dominate. Chiefs 45, Chargers 10

The Broncos also get a home divisional game against the Raiders. This game will be close. The Raiders’ defense will be ready to handle the running game of Denver to take away Osweiler’s safety net. Look for Khalil Mack to continue his rise to superstar status with three sacks. Denver’s defense won’t let Carr get too much time in the pocket either and this will be a low scoring game.

What it really comes down to is who makes the most mistakes on offense. I see both quarterbacks having a rough day but the Broncos’ defense is just too good. Denver 13, Oakland 10

Predicted AFC West Standings

Denver (11-2)

Kansas City (8-5)

Oakland (5-8)

San Diego (3-10)

Next: Onto the Wild Card games