The 7-3 Denver Broncos are coming out of their bye, poised to do battle with the 7-3 Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos are 21-6 all-time after the bye, but the Chiefs are coming off a very disappointing loss to Tampa Bay and will be looking to get back on track in this Divisional throwdown.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1730968-inside-the-matchup-bronco... The 8-2 Oakland Raiders continue to surge. For the Broncos to keep pace with them — knowing their season finally in Week 17 will be at home vs. Oakland — they can't afford to drop a Divisional game at home.
The Chiefs roster very much resembles that of the Broncos — they're replete with talent. The Broncos will have their hands full.
These two clubs know each other well. And their both champing at the bit to do battle for the first time this season.
Here are three Chiefs to watch in Week 12.
Spencer Ware is a budding star for the Chiefs. Through the first 10 games of the season, he's already close to breaking the 1,000-yard mark from scrimmage.
A cast-off of the Seattle Seahawks, Ware has found new life in Kansas City, due to his physical style of running and penchant for delivering the blow at the point of contact.
With Ware, the Broncos also have to factor in his ability to pick up yards through the air as an outlet receiver. He has 22 receptions for 340 yards already this season.
As a defense that's struggled to stop the run, the Broncos must find a way to get a consistent push inside. Ware has a propensity for always falling forward. If the Broncos can contact him behind the line of scrimmage, it'll go a long way towards limiting Ware's producition.
Broncos fans are intimately familiar with star edge rusher Justin Houston. He missed Kansas City's first nine games of the year, but saw his first action last week vs. Tampa Bay.
Although he was unable to notch a sack and break the ice, he was a factor in defending the run. Whether it's pressuring the quarterback, setting the edge, or getting his hands up to bat down passes, Houston is as disruptive an edge force as they come.
His track record against the Broncos is marked with some very big performances. With the Broncos ineptitude of late at right tackle, this matchup is one to create trepidation in even the stoutest of Denver hearts.
Whomever the Broncos play at right tackle, the onus will be on the coaches to find a way to double team Houston — whether that's with a tight end, or a running back chipping out of the backfield.
Marcus Peters has been an absolute phenom, since entering the league as Kansas City's first round pick in 2015. With 13 career interceptions — including five this season — no NFL corner has more picks since the start of 2015 than Peters.
He has elite ball skills and instincts. But, he is a young, inexperienced corner. Sometimes he gets caught guessing, and pays the price for his aggressiveness.
The Broncos can try to exploit his tenacious tendencies, but perhaps the smartest course will be for Trevor Siemian to shy away from him.
Considering how conservative Siemian is as a decision maker, don't be surprised if he does just that. The Chiefs have forced 22 takeaways this year.
Peters missed last week's game with a hip injury, but he's practiced all week (limited). However, factoring in the magnitude of this game, there's little doubt Marcus Peters will find a way to suit up on Sunday night.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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