The Kansas City Chiefs are red-hot as they're riding a six-game winning streak and aim to make it seven straight against their division-rival Denver Broncos.
The Chiefs have dominated the Broncos in recent years as they haven't lost to them since Week 2 of the 2015 season, or sixteen consecutive games. If Kansas City can win this game, they will move into a tie for the second-longest winning streak against a single opponent. Second place currently belongs to the 49ers over the Rams (who beat the Rams 17 straight times from 1990 through 1998). The Miami Dolphins currently hold the all-time record with 20 consecutive wins over the Buffalo Bills from 1970 through 1979.
Playing a divisional foe is rarely an easy task. If the Chiefs are going to win this game and improve to 7-1, here are the three things they need to do:
1. Make Rashee Rice a focal point
It's becoming more obvious by the week that rookie Rashee Rice is the best wide receiver on the Chiefs roster. Skyy Moore, Justyn Ross, and Kadarius Toney are completely unproven and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Justin Watson, and Mecole Hardman are not true difference-makers in the passing game.
Rashee Rice has been improving every week and his two most productive games have come in each of the past two weeks. He's also the leading wide receiver on the team in receptions, yards, and touchdowns despite playing fewer snaps than MVS, Skyy Moore, and Justin Watson.
At some point, he needs to see an expanded workload and this week against Denver may be a prime opportunity to strengthen his workload. Rice saw the most receiving snaps of his rookie season in Week 7 against Los Angeles. The number should continue to rise.
The Chiefs don't need Rashee Rice to have a strong game in order to beat the Broncos for the second time in three weeks, but increasing his target share against a less than--stellar defense is not a bad idea. He's their best player at wide receiver so Andy Reid shouldn't be afraid to increase his snap count, despite him being a rookie.