Broncos vs. Chiefs: 3 key matchups to watch

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 25: Tight end Travis Kelce
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KANSAS CITY, MO – SEPTEMBER 17: Marcus Peters /

Trevor Siemian vs. Marcus Peters

After a good second season, Siemian has not quite looked like the same QB this year. After throwing just 10 interceptions in 14 games Siemian has already thrown 7 in 6 games this year. On the other side of the ball, Peters has also not been too hot this season. Through the first 7 weeks of 2016 Peters had allowed just 1 touchdown to 5 interceptions and 286 yards with a 50.9 passer rating. Through the first 7 weeks of 2017 Peters has already allowed 3 touchdowns to just 2 interceptions and 221 yards with a 83.1 passer rating.

Last season, Siemian played perhaps the best game of his career so far week 12 against the Chiefs. In a hotly contested game ,Siemian nearly single-handedly kept the Broncos in the game that went down to the final seconds of overtime. 9 of the Broncos 12 total 3rd down conversions were on passing attempts by Siemian. Siemian also managed to engineer two fourth quarter touchdown drives that nearly won the Broncos the game.

However, in 2017 it’s a different story. Siemian’s interceptions have now become a liability and are making it difficult for an already weak Broncos offense. The Chiefs have been very susceptible to the deep throw this season, but Siemian ranks 2nd to last in QB rating on throws over 20 yards this season.

With all that in mind I don’t think Siemian has quite the same type of game from last season. Siemian should be in line for a 220 yard 1 TD and 1 INT type game.

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