Technically there’s a football game today between the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos. Based on history and both teams’ Week 1 performances, it may be more appropriate to watch today’s Chiefs Broncos game as a mercy killing.
The Denver Broncos have historically fared well against the Chiefs, having won the past three games between the two teams. Last season they played twice, and although the surprising Chiefs made it close in their December game, Denver still won 35-28.
In that game Broncos QB Peyton Manning threw for 403 yards and five touchdown passes, four of them to Eric Decker, who had a career-high 174 yards. Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles made it interesting with 93 yards rushing, but he alone couldn’t turn the tide against Manning and the Broncos.
Things seem a bit more evenly matched on the quarterback front this season. Last week Chiefs QB Alex Smith went 19-for-35 for 202 yards and a touchdown. Broncos quarterback Manning had a mostly similar stat line (22-for-36 for 269 yards), though he tossed 3 TDs rather than one.
Manning should have the advantage in today’s Chiefs Broncos game in part because of injuries the Chiefs D sustained last week. Inside linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive end Mike DeVito both went down with Achilles tendon injuries and are gone for the season.
That should open things up today for the Broncos passing game even without suspended wide receiver Wes Welker. Things may also improve for Denver’s ground game, which was led last week by running back Montee Ball’s 23 carries for 67 yards.
Today’s Kansas City Chiefs / Denver Broncos game is being broadcast live on TV on CBS. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25pm EST / 1:25pm PST from Sports Authority Field at Mile High. You can also watch Chiefs vs Broncos online free live stream Week 2 using the CBS Sports website or DirecTV’s website. The latter requires you to have an NFL Sunday Ticket MAX package, which requires a subscription. All subscribers can watch the game online free via the DirecTV live stream if they have to use a smartphone, tablet or PC.