With the rescheduled game in Week 18 thanks to the National Football League’s ability to flex various games to new times other than the originally scheduled slot, the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos are kicking off one full day earlier than expected. Instead of being on Sunday afternoon at Mile High Stadium, the two division rivals from the AFC West will wage war on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. C.T. with a broadcast set for ESPN.
Because of the changes, it means the broadcast crew for the game will be different as well.
ESPN announced that Chiefs fans (and Broncos, too, we suppose) can look forward to hearing the veteran broadcasting tandem of Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit on Saturday. The sideline reporter will be Laura Rutledge, who normally serves as the host for NFL Live.
ESPN is sending some veterans to be the broadcast crew for the upcoming matchup at Denver vs. Chiefs.
The Chiefs are the only team among the two with anything left to play for officially, but that likely won’t stop Denver from trying to end the season on a high note. It would also be a nice boost to enter the offseason for any team to play spoiler for their division rival’s hopes.
For the Chiefs, they are playing to control what they can within a wide range of postseason possibilities. If the Tennessee Titans somehow lose to the Houston Texans, the Chiefs would be able to claim the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a win over the Broncos. In addition, a victory in Week 18 will keep the Chiefs falling further among seeds—to No. 3 or even No. 4 overall. A loss, however, puts them behind whoever wins on Sunday between the Cincinnati Bengals and/or Buffalo Bills.