Mile High Huddle Predicts Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs Week 12

MHH gives their forecast for the pivotal first game in the Broncos-Chiefs season series.

Thanksgiving marks the point in every NFL season when the run to the playoffs begin. The contenders separate themselves and the playoff picture becomes clearer every weak.

This Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs is that point for the Denver Broncos. With a win, they vault themselves right back into the thick of the AFC West race. A loss, and the Broncos fall to third place.

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With that in mind, let's see how the analysts at MHH think it will play out at Mile High:

Khalid Alshami (@KhalidHAlshami)

Season Record: 4-6

Denver gets healthy on defense with an extra week to prepare at home in primetime. Alex Smith has disappointed this year, limiting the Chiefs offense.

Broncos 19, Chiefs 13

Josh Carney (@JCarney_Sports)

Season Record: 8-2

With Kansas City missing three key players in Sunday's showdown, the Broncos should be able to control possession and pound the rock against a banged up front seven for the Chiefs. The return of Aqib Talib will help immensely, especially considering the fact that Jeremy Maclin will sit this one out for Kansas City. The Chiefs simply don't have enough weaponry on offense to score enough to beat the Broncos.

Broncos 23, Chiefs 13

Chad Jensen (@ChadNJensen)

Season Record: 4-6

The Broncos will stay true to their tradition of winning following the bye. The Chiefs are severely depleted, while the Broncos are back to full health. The game will be close — we're talking about Gary Kubiak after all — but the Broncos come out on top 24-19.

Broncos 24, Chiefs 19

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Will Keys (@WillKeys6)

Season Record: 5-5

Just as the Broncos are getting back to full health, key Chiefs are starting to drop like flies. A steady performance from Trevor Siemian will be enough to lift the Broncos to a late victory in front of a national audience.

Broncos 20, Chiefs 17

Luc Polglaze (@LucPolglaze)

Season Record: 6-4

Derek Wolfe return brings a resurgence of attitude to the Denver defensive line, who pressure Alex Smith but struggle against Spencer Ware and the run game. A late turnover boosts a once more struggling offense, and a Brandon McManus field goal wins the game.

Broncos 21, Chiefs 20

Ray Roybal (@RoybalSportTalk)

Season Record: 7-3

With the Defense healthy and Siemian resting for an additional week, Denver will have a solid outing on both sides of the ball. The team knows it needs this win to keep pace with Oakland.

Broncos 27, Chiefs 13

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Erick Trickel (@ErickTrickel)

Marcus Peters feasts on young, inexperienced QBs. Trevor Siemian doesn't have the accuracy to beat his baits and isn't as adept at reading defenses to beat it. Denver's defense does the best to counter the offense, turning the ball over a few times. Justin Houston is also going to dominate Ty Sambrailo and Donald Stephenson when they play. The pressure turns into turnovers.

Broncos 13, Chiefs 20

Adam Uribes (@auribes37)

Season Record: 6-4

The first in a string of playoff-like games starts tomorrow night. Denver is getting healthy at just the right time while the Chiefs are resembling a MASH unit with notables like Maclin, Peters and Poe either missing the game or limited during the week. 

The Denver D, at least for this week, is going to look like the defense last year with Talib and Wolfe giving them a lift and making life hard on Alex Smith. 
Siemian has a better day with two touchdowns against zero picks while Devontae Booker gets a hundred on the ground with a score.

Broncos 31, Chiefs 17


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