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Count Zarth
12-03-2005, 08:03 PM
Matchups

When the Broncos run the ball

The skinny: Folks have struggled to run the ball of late against the Chiefs. Kansas City has surrendered 74, 78 and 61 yards rushing in its past three games. Kansas City attacks the line of scrimmage and has enough speed at linebacker to chase things down. Chiefs defensive tackle John Browning, in his 10th year, doesn't get much ink but is solid in the middle of the field.

It's a fact: Two of the three teams that have rushed for at least 100 yards against the Chiefs - the Broncos and the Raiders - are in the AFC West.

When the Broncos pass the ball

The skinny: The Chiefs will carry plenty of confidence into the game. They just finished rattling the NFL's coolest dude behind center Sunday when they forced Tom Brady into the fourth four-interception game of his career. Defensive end Jared Allen dismantled the Patriots' pass protection Sunday and the Broncos will have to deal with him. Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham often will wait for an offense to push more blockers toward Allen and then blitz someone else on the other side.

It's a fact: Five of the past six teams the Chiefs have faced have thrown for fewer than 233 yards; four have thrown for fewer than 200.

When the Chiefs run the ball

The skinny: The Chiefs are a power team with Larry Johnson in the backfield. Priest Holmes, on injured reserve, is a patient runner, but Johnson is a blaster. He fires into the hole and breaks tackles. He has punished defenses with yards after the first hit. Also, with Willie Roaf back at left tackle, the Chiefs will push the run game toward a perimeter.

It's a fact: The Chiefs are 7-1 overall when Johnson rushes for at least 100 yards and they are 6-0 when he rushes for at least two touchdowns.

When the Chiefs pass the ball

The skinny: The Chiefs will try to rearrange the Broncos defense with plenty of motion and moving their receivers around. When they go for the big shot, it's usually to Eddie Kennison - he has three consecutive 100-yard games against Denver - but Dante Hall (53 yards) and Holmes (60 yards) have the team's longest touchdown catches this year. The Broncos have made tight end Tony Gonzalez (58 receptions) a top priority, having used cornerback Champ Bailey and safety Sam Brandon.

It's a fact: Kansas City quarterback Trent Green is 9-0 as a starter in December games at Arrowhead Stadium, completing 72 percent of his passes to go with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions in those games.

Special teams

The skinny: The Chiefs settled their 2004 blowout win against the Broncos in Arrowhead when Hall took the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. Hall consistently has liked facing Denver - he has had his best receiving game and his highest single-game total yardage against Denver, and his most recent punt return for a touchdown came against the Broncos.

Chiefs kicker Lawrence Tynes has good range - he has made six field goals of at least 40 yards this season.

It's a fact: Tynes has made a field goal in 14 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in franchise history. He also tied an NFL record last week with four field goals in the second quarter against the Patriots.

Intangibles

The skinny: Get serious. And while you get the argument that history has nothing to do with what's happening now, the Broncos are 1-14 in franchise history in December in Arrowhead. There is something working there. The Broncos are the better team at this point, but they have plenty of baggage to overcome here.

Jeff Legwold's prediction: Chiefs 27, Broncos 23

BigChiefFan
12-03-2005, 10:03 PM
Pretty good tidbits of info on the game tomorrow.

MGRS13
12-03-2005, 10:23 PM
Thats a pretty cool breakdown. I like how they did that. Kudos to the writer responsible.

Nelson Muntz
12-03-2005, 10:25 PM
The skinny: Get serious. And while you get the argument that history has nothing to do with what's happening now, the Broncos are 1-14 in franchise history in December in Arrowhead. There is something working there. The Broncos are the better team at this point, but they have plenty of baggage to overcome here.



Wow, I didn't know it was that bad.