Chiefs vs. Broncos predictions: Arrowhead Addict writers make Week 7 picks
By Drew Brooks
After beating the Bills last week, the Chiefs are getting ready to head to Denver to take on the Broncos. Our writers predict a victory.
Last week, most of our writers predicted the Kansas City Chiefs to bounce back after their loss to the Las Vegas Raiders and beat the Buffalo Bills. The Chiefs did exactly this, as they went into Buffalo and rushed their way to victory.
It was a rainy, cold day in Buffalo, and the Bills structured their game around limiting Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes‘ air attack. So, the Chiefs responded by rushing the ball 46 times and ran their way to victory.
They gave 26 of these 46 attempts to rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who turned his touches into 161 yards. Edwards-Helaire didn’t find the end zone, but it didn’t matter because the Chiefs still finished the job and won 26-17.
Meanwhile, the Denver Broncos had an ugly game against the New England Patriots. The Broncos were unable to score a touchdown despite getting quarterback Drew Lock back from injury. The Patriots also struggled to get into the end zone, but managed to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Broncos ended up winning 18-12, but it was not a game they want to dwell on for long.
The Chiefs are now gearing up to head to Denver to take on the Broncos in a game that’s going to be cold and likely snowy. Our writers predict the Chiefs to win handily, with the average score prediction of 29.6 to 15.7.
Both teams are coming into the game with injuries, but the Chiefs bear the brunt of the problems. Defensive ends Taco Charlton and Alex Okafor, offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz, and wide receiver Sammy Watkins are all out this week due to injuries.
Meanwhile, the Broncos will only be without linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu. They might be without fullback/tight end Andrew Beck as he is listed questionable with a hamstring injury. They also might be missing offensive guard Dalton Risner as he is listed questionable with a shoulder injury. Considering Risner got a limited practice in on Friday, he has a decent chance to play for the Broncos.
Our writers offered their thoughts on the game:
Byron Smith describes how “the Chiefs have struggled on Sundays and during AFC West competitions,” but he still believes the Chiefs will pull of a win, albeit a close one.
Farzin Vousoughian mentions how this game could be “similar to a snow game in 2013 in Washington when the Chiefs won in a blowout” and how “Mahomes will be in his element and has yet to lose to Denver.”
Also bringing up the snow game, Sterling Holmes writes, “As someone who actually went to the Chiefs-Broncos snow game last year, it was unbelievably cool in both ways, I expect a repeat this year.”
Ellen Mathis explained that she believes the Chiefs will win, but that “they aren’t just going to be handed a win against the Broncos. They will need to fight for it.”
Scott Loring said, “It will be interesting to see how the Chiefs offense (and their opponents) continue to evolve through the season, but Denver simply doesn’t have the offensive firepower to keep up with the Chiefs.”
Matt Conner brings up the Chiefs’ recent addition of running back Le’Veon Bell and explained how, “The Chiefs wake-up call was heard loud and clear, and this focused team will want to welcome Le’Veon Bell into the mix with a confident win showing him what they are capable of against a division rival.”
Lyle Graversen believes that “Denver will keep this respectable, but look for the Chiefs offense to be too much for Drew Lock and company to be able to keep pace with.”