WEEK 8, Oct. 29 (Sunday) – @ Denver Broncos
Sean Payton was the big offseason move for the Broncos this year, not unlike the trade that cost multiple picks for veteran quarterback Russell Wilson a year ago. Will that be enough to move the needle for Denver after another long season? What about o-line upgrades in Ben Powers and Mike McGlinchey? Are they enough to make a difference? And what about the work of Russell Wilson? Can he find any real footing to help the Broncos become a contender?
If there’s a ray of hope for the Broncos, it’s that they actually played the Chiefs tough in the second matchup of the season and were actually up heading into the fourth quarter of a late-season contest. The Chiefs ended up edging the Broncos by the end of the game, but with a strong head coach, it’s not too difficult to picture Denver as a more formidable opponent who won’t fold so easily going forward.
If Payton can help the team grow and Wilson finds the fountain of youth and the front line can protect Wilson long enough for the team’s talented playmakers to get open, then Denver has a fighting chance. Then again, every year the Broncos come up with new reasons to hope and none of them end up working. (It also didn’t help that they lost Ejiro Evero to the Carolina Panthers.)
Prediction: Chiefs 25, Broncos 19
WEEK 9, Nov. 5 (Sunday) – vs. Miami Dolphins (in Frankfurt)
This one should be a lot of fun, but it’s likely to be tiring for many fans before the game even gets here. With as much trash talk as Tyreek Hill dishes out, the back-and-forth surrounding the Dolphins vs. Chiefs clash in Frankfurt, Germany is likely to be exhausting for all parties involved. Still, when it comes to the actual on-field product, the matchup should be a special one, an electrifying offensive slugfest for fans.
This game is a real opportunity for Hill to remind Chiefs Kingdom of his peerless talent and for Mike McDaniel to try to show up Andy Reid. For the Dolphins, this year is all about establishing the franchise as a long-term player to be taken seriously instead of a team that took advantage of a softer schedule in ’22. In the midst of a resurgent AFC East (seriously where was this level of competition when Tom Brady was in New England?), that’s going to be tough to do.
Hill will undoubtedly roll up some impressive stats but this will likely taste sweet for Chiefs players if they’re able to get the best of Miami and put up a win in a new European territory into which they’re making a major marketing push..
Prediction: Chiefs 31, Dolphins 23