The red-hot Kansas City Chiefs look to stay undefeated when they clash with the Denver Broncos in an AFC West battle on Monday Night Football. Here’s a preview of the highly anticipated game:
Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes completed 24 of 38 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-27 win against the 49ers on Sunday. It was his first regular season start at Arrowhead Stadium and Mahomes now has 13 touchdowns and no interceptions in three games, a new NFL record for most touchdowns in the first three weeks of a season (Peyton Manning threw 12 touchdowns in the first three games in 2013). The Chiefs became the third team to score at least 38 points in each of the first three games of a season, joining the 2007 Patriots and the 1967 Colts.
Kareem Hunt finished with 44 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in the win, Travis Kelce made eight catches for 114 receiving yards and Sammy Watkins had five receptions for 55 yards and one touchdown for a Chiefs team that was 7-for-11 on 3rd down efficiency.
The Chiefs are averaging 295.0 passing yards (7th in the NFL) and 103.3 rushing yards (15th). Kansas City ranks 1st with 39.3 points per game and 30th with 30.7 points against. Patrick Mahomes has passed for 896 yards, 13 touchdowns and no interceptions, Kareem Hunt has 168 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 52 carries and Tyreek Hill has 14 receptions for 310 yards and three touchdowns. Anthony Hitchens has 32 tackles and Justin Houston has two sacks.
The Broncos suffered their first loss of the season, 27-14 against the Ravens last Sunday. Case Keenum completed 22 of 34 passes for 192 yards and an interception in the setback while Royce Freeman ran for just 53 yards on 13 carries, although he scored a touchdown. Demaryius Thomas led the team with five receptions for 63 yards.
Denver had 120 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries and if they want to have a chance to beat this talented Kansas City team they need to run early and often and keep the ball out of Mahomes’ hands.
The Broncos are averaging 238.0 passing yards (16th in the NFL) and 144.7 rushing yards (3rd). Denver ranks 19th with 20.3 points per game and 16th with 23.3 points against. Case Keenum has passed for 743 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions, Phillip Lindsay has 198 rushing yards and on 33 carries and Emmanuel Sanders has 19 catches for 269 yards and one touchdown. Todd Davis has 21 tackles and Von Miller has four sacks and 14 tackles.
The Kansas City Chiefs are:
7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall
6-1 ATS in their last seven games following a straight up win
6-1 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win
12-4 ATS in their last 16 road games
20-7 ATS in their last 27 games against AFC West opponents
4-0 ATS in their last four road games against a team with a winning home record
The Denver Broncos are:
7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 games overall
5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games against AFC opponents
1-9 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss
1-8 ATS in their last nine games following a straight up loss
1-7 ATS in their last eight games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game
0-4 ATS against a team with a winning record
0-5 ATS in their last five games against AFC West opponents
The road team is 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings between these two teams and Patrick Mahomes is playing like an MVP. I’ll keep backing the Chiefs until someone slows down their offense. Mahomes will have a chance to shine in the bright Monday night lights in front of a national television audience and the stage won’t intimidate him. I’ll ride this streak out with Kansas City and lay the points.
NFL Pick: Chiefs -4.5 (-110).
Odds via Jazz Sports.
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