Denver Broncos (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
NFL Week 2
Date/Time: Thursday, September 17, 2015
Where: Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, MO
TV: CBS and NFL Network
by Bob, NFL Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: DEN +3/KC -3
Over/Under Total: 42
This Thursday night, we have a great AFC West match-up when the Denver Broncos head into Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Both teams come in at 1-0 after week one victories. Kansas City had no problem in their 27-20 win over the Texans. Yea, the score was close, but if you saw the game, it was pure domination by the Chiefs. The Broncos, however, won a nail biter over the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 19-13. Both quarterbacks threw a touchdown pass in this game.to the other team. The Denver offense was less than impressive as was Peyton Manning. The Chiefs, led by Alex Smith, were clicking on all cylinders. Smith passed for 243 yards and three scores. In order to get a win and cover this week, the Chiefs will need to do that performance all over again, and the Broncos need to get their offense on the same page. This will be a great prime time contest for America to see.
The Vegas line opens with the Chiefs as a three point favorite and the total points are set at 42 combined. The early action is showing that the Broncos and Peyton Manning are still getting love from the bettors. 61% of the early action is on Denver, but this could change as the week goes on. Both teams covered their week one spreads. The Chiefs game went over the posted total, while the Broncos and Ravens stayed well under. The home team typically covers on Thursday nights, but we will see, this game will come down to the very end.
The Denver Broncos are still discussed as one of the AFCs potential representative in the Super Bowl. Peyton Manning alone gives any team this type of hype and hope, but if Denver plans to get a win in Arrowhead Stadium, they must improve their abysmal week one offensive performance. Against the Baltimore Ravens, the Peyton Manning passed for just 175 yards no touchdowns while their leading rusher was Ronnie Hillman who gained just 41 yards on 12 carries. This has to improve not only to beat the Chiefs in Kansas City, but to make any type of playoff push at all. The key to this game is obviousDenver has to play better. The defense looked pretty solid, but Manning and the rest of the offense are going to need to score points in order to win in Arrowhead. I know, it sounds too simple, but its true. The Broncos just have to do better. End of story.
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To me, the Kansas City and Houston Texans game was one of the few shockers I witnessed yesterday. Not so much because Kansas City won, but I truly thought the Houston defense was going to put up more of a fight. Maybe I bought into the hype because I watched Hard Knocks on HBO for the last month. The same thing happened to me last year with the Falcons. Anyhow, Kansas City looked great. Alex Smith passed for 243 yards and three touchdowns, two which were to his tight end, Travis Kelce. The Chiefs running game could have been a little better. They gained 97 yards on the ground, 57 of those came from their star running back, Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs will need another balanced attack on offense, but the real X factor is their defense. In order to put a rope on Manning, they will need to pressure him. If the Chiefs defensive line can pressure Peyton into making ill advised throws, they can certainly make the big plays needed to get a home win as well as cover the spread.
I am actually excited to see this game on Thursday night. Yeah, I am a Falcons fan and pay more attention to the NFC, but I love great NFL games, and I can see this being one of them. So, who do we take here? This is a tough call, very tough. The Chiefs are favored by three at home and like many other people, I am not 100% sold on them yet as a true contender. With that said though, after what I saw yesterday from the Broncos, I just do not know if they can right the ship on a short week rest. They really will not have much time to get their rhythm back, so for that, lets take the home faves. Plus, Arrowhead Stadium is one of the loudest places to play and a Thursday night game, the crowd will be hype. I like a hard fought 24-20 win by the Chiefs.
Bobs Pick to Cover the Point Spread: Take the Kansas City Chiefs minus the three points!
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