Our writing staff at Arrowhead Addict weighed in with final score predictions and the reasons behind them for Monday Night Football.
It’s another primetime game for the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football, as the rival Denver Broncos come to town with their proverbial backs against the wall. The Broncos have more to play for on Monday but the Chiefs need to stop their own skid or enter questionable territory heading into the season’s second half. Here are our Arrowhead Addict staff writers’ predictions for Week 8.
Chiefs 35, Broncos 24
Since my last prediction blew up in my face at the last minute, I’ll go the same route as last time. This will be a solid 35-24 win for the Chiefs. Smith will contribute two touchdowns and Hunt will light it up scoring the other 21 points. [Lucas Hampton]
Chiefs 34, Broncos 17
This game is huge. A win here and Kansas City will be in superb position, while a loss, well it wouldn’t be good. I think the Chiefs get back on track in a big way Monday night. With their backs against the wall in a way, the Chiefs will prove why they are the kings of the AFC west. Kareem Hunt will have a big day on the ground, opening things up for Smith and Hill in the passing game. On defense, after enduring heavy scrutiny over the last two weeks, Bob Sutton’s group will be out to prove something. Justin Houston and Chris Jones will feast on Trevor Siemian. This plus an insane Monday night atmosphere adds up to an easy win for Kansas City. [Austin Owen]
Chiefs 24, Broncos 14
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Monday brings us a tale of two floundering teams, the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos looking to turn things around before a national television audience. The Chiefs, formerly regarded as the league’s best team, have lost two straight in heartbreaking fashion. The Broncos are fresh off of being shut out by the Los Angeles Chargers. Both teams need desperately to stop the bleeding and to return to winning football if either of them is to make a serious run at the division title.
Kansas City is ailing defensively after having surrendered 669 passing yards and 4 touchdowns in the past two games. Trevor Siemian might be the best medicine for a defensive group that has recently been tormented. He began the 2017 season hot, but has since gone ice cold (tossing five interceptions in his last four starts). Denver’s strength is still clearly its defense where it’s a Top 10 unit in every meaningful statistical category. They’re particularly stout against the run as the league’s 2nd-ranked rushing defense.
Expect the Chiefs to be healthier along the offensive line in this game as a pair of starters (Mitch Morse and Parker Ehinger). With more talent up front, Kareem Hunt will have success on the ground. New starter Demarcus Robinson will continue to benefit from having very little NFL tape and with some budding chemistry with Alex Smith, he produces a career day in Arrowhead Stadium. The Broncos will have some success offensively against a secondary that should be getting cornerback Steven Nelson, but they’ll also turn the ball over.
The Chiefs get off the schneid and win 24-14. [Reach]
Chiefs 27, Broncos 21
I think the game will be close with both teams coming off two losses. I think the Chiefs take the win 27-21. If Morse and LDT come back we will see the run game get back to what it was in the beginning of the season and see more of Akeem Hunt. Travis Kelce also has a big game. [Travis Steffen]
Chiefs 31, Broncos 24
Denver’s run defense has struggled the past two weeks giving up 148 yards to the New York Giants and 84 to the Los Angeles Chargers. Look for the Chiefs to feed Kareem Hunt, and mix in some Tyreek Hill out of the backfield. Chiefs win in a close game. [Mason Whitlock]
Chiefs 40, Broncos 10
My predictions haven’t worked out well this year, so I’m going to change things up a little bit. Rather than predict what I think will happen, this is what I want to happen. The Chiefs should win this game on Monday night 40-10. The offense should be creative and fast from kickoff to the final whistle. Don’t let off the gas even for one second. The defense should be taking the frustrations of the previous two games out on the Broncos. The defense should be on fire to not give up a single yard all game to prove a point. Every tackle needs to be trying to drive the player through the turf and they should be blitzing Trevor Simien so often he thinks the defense is playing with 15 players. The Chiefs need to treat this game like a college team looking for a signature win to impress the pollsters. To steal a line from Coach Yoast in Remember the Titans, the Chiefs need to “make sure they remember, forever, the night they played the Chiefs”. [Britt Zank]