Broncos Vs. Chiefs Betting Odds And Preview — AFC West Lead On The Line

The rivalry between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs is one of the best in the NFL. But, in recent years, it has been a bit one-sided with the Chiefs winning the last 11 games. Sportsbooks have made them heavy favorites (-9.5 points) to make it 12 in a row when the Broncos visit Arrowhead Stadium for Sunday Night Football.

But with first place in the division on the line, Denver will not make it easy on the Chiefs. Here are the betting odds for Sunday’s game in Kansas City.

Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs Betting Odds

SportsbookPoint SpreadMoneylineTotal  
DraftKingsChiefs -9.5 (-110)
Broncos +9.5 (-110)
Chiefs -410
Broncos +310
Over 47.5 (-110)
Under 47.5 (-110)
BetMGMChiefs -9.5 (-110)
Broncos +9.5 (-110)
Chiefs -450
Broncos +360
Over 47 (-110)
Under 47 (-110)
CaesarsChiefs -9.5 (-110)
Broncos +9.5 (-110)
Chiefs -450
Broncos +350
Over 47 (-110)
Under 47 (-110)
BetRiversChiefs -9.5 (-110)
Broncos +9.5 (-110)
Chiefs -420
Broncos +340
Over 47 (-113)
Under 47 (-108)

Denver Broncos (6-5 SU, 6-5 ATS)

Beating the Chiefs is never easy, especially in Kansas City, but it looks like it may be a little harder for the Broncos this week because of injuries. OT Calvin Anderson and C Brett Jones are the only ones already ruled out, however, several players have missed practice time this week.

RB Melvin Gordon, TE Eric Saubert, OL Dalton Risner, DT Shelby Harris, and CB Ronald Darby all sat out Wednesday’s practice. Sitting out practice does not mean they will be out Sunday night, but missing practice is never a good sign. QB Teddy Bridgewater is also on the injury report with a tibia injury but was a full participant in Thursday’s practice.

However, there is a good chance the offensive line gets a much-needed boost with the return of Garrett Bolles from the Covid-list.

An up-and-down season appears to be going up again. The Broncos have won three of their last four following a four-game losing streak. On the offensive side of the ball, the team still struggles to move the ball. The offense is at its best when it leans more on the run than the pass like it did last week against the Chargers.

Running the ball will, of course, help keep the resurgent Chiefs offense off the field and QB Patrick Mahomes out of the end zone. But if the defense can bring its ‘A’ game like it did last week, the Chiefs will not find it easy to score on the Broncos.

Kansas City Chiefs (7-4 SU, 4-7 ATS)

It appears as if the Chiefs have managed to turn their season around. After getting off to a 3-4 start, Kansas City has won its last four. However, the Chiefs are still not out of the woods. While the offense blew up against the Raiders in Week 10, it struggled against the Giants, Packers, and Cowboys.

The Denver defense is certainly not going to be any easier.

Kansas City’s defense has been getting a lot of credit for being the driving force behind the current win streak, but it has yet to face one of the league’s better offenses. Yes, the Chiefs have played the Packers and Cowboys, but neither team was able to bring their ‘A’ game due to critical injuries and Covid.

The Chiefs’ defense may have turned a corner after a dreadful start to the season, but it is too soon to say the issues have been fixed.

The key to victory for the Chiefs will not be Mahomes or any of the team’s other stars. It will be the offensive line. Rebuilding the offensive live was the focus of the offseason in Kansas City. On paper, it looked like the Chiefs were going to have one of the better lines in the league, but injuries and lackluster play have impacted its effectiveness.

Whoever gets the starting nod on the line this week will get tested by a solid Broncos front seven.

Betting Analysis

The Chiefs have been feasting on lesser, injury-riddled teams the last few weeks and will be well-rested coming off a bye. Denver has struggled to generate offense and will find it even more challenging with several players dealing with injuries.

However, the Broncos’ defense is coming off a fantastic game against QB Justin Herbert and the Chargers. This game could be interesting if the Broncos can bring that same intensity, but with the uncertainty surrounding the Broncos offense, it is hard to get behind Denver to win this game.

Don’t buy into the hype surrounding the Chiefs, though. Their struggles are far from over.

Our Pick: Denver +9.5

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