Last week’s improbable loss to the Patriots showed the Broncos were human, much like Kansas City’s two losses have shown that previously undefeated team isn’t invulnerable. Today those two 9-2 teams meet for the second time this season, with sole possession of first place in the AFC West as the prize. The Broncos traveling to Kansas City doesn’t have the same marquee appeal as last week’s “Manning vs. Brady,” but having these two 9-2 teams face off again just three weeks after their first bout promises incredible entertainment value. You can see the HD broadcast live on CBS, or you can watch Broncos vs Chiefs online free live using one of several different tools.
Last week’s loss to Tom Brady and the Patriots surely stung Peyton Manning and the Broncos, but today’s Week 13 trip to Kansas City didn’t present any opportunities to sulk. Denver last faced the Chiefs three weeks ago, a game they won 27-17, and the Chiefs’ two best pass rushers, outside linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, are both out with injury. But adversity and divisional rankings often make NFL teams their most dangerous, and coming off an epic meltdown, Denver couldn’t afford a light practice even if the opponent did seem familiar.
To beat the Chiefs in today’s AFC West showdown, the Broncos will need to establish their ground game. The last time the Broncos faced Kansas City, they did keep it on the turf more than normal, racking up 22 rushing attempts. In last week’s loss to the Patriots the Broncos rushed for 280 yards, so they’ve clearly begun to search for ways to save Manning’s arm for a deep post-season run. The strategy is sound, as Manning has thrown 445 passes this year, completing 305 of them for 3,722 yards and 36 touchdowns. Those figures are slightly off his blistering pace earlier in the year, but Manning has still maintained the top QBR and matches up favorably against the Chiefs’ Alex Smith.
One fact to keep in mind as you watch Broncos vs Chiefs online free is one that seemed unimaginable just four weeks ago. For the first time this season, both the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs are coming off losses. As the home team, though, the Chiefs may have more pressure on them to win today, as they’ve dropped their first two games in consecutive weeks, including their first at home last Sunday, and they’ve lost consecutive games at Arrowhead Stadium to the Broncos. Fortunately for Kansas City, they’ve got their own outstanding quarterback to protect the ball and lead the way, Alex Smith. This season Smith has thrown just five interceptions while going 235-398 for 2,443 yards and 14 touchdowns.
You can watch Broncos vs Chiefs online free on DirecTV’s website if you have the NFL Sunday Ticket with MAX Package. The package requires a subscription, but anyone who has one can watch the live streaming version free of any game, including today’s 4:25pm EST / 1:25pm PST NFL game between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs.