The Denver Broncos can move up to the AFC’s top spot with a victory Sunday over the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Denver, already holding the No. 2 seed, can clinch home-field advantage throughout with a win, and a loss by Houston. However a Broncos loss and a win by New England could bust Denver down to the No. 3 seed without a first-round bye.
The Broncos have now won 10 straight, after beating the Cleveland Browns 34-12 last week. MVP candidate Peyton Manning threw for 339 yards and three touchdowns, including one to receiver DeMayrius Thomas, who had nine receptions for 102 yards.
While Denver preps for the playoffs, the Chiefs may be cleaning house for next season. Head coach Romeo Crennel may be shown the door, and so might general manager Scott Pioli as the Chiefs have gone 2-13 this year.
The Chiefs lone bright spot this season has been running back Jamaal Charles, who totaled 226 rushing yards and one score in Kansas City’s 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts last week.
Charles is third in the NFL with 1,456 yards, but has had little help at quarterback this season.
Brady Quinn took over after Matt Cassel suffered a concussion, but the results have been the same in Kansas City. Quinn has thrown for 1,092 yards, two touchdowns and eight interceptions this season.
The Broncos are relatively healthy, but are expected to miss kick returner Trindon Holliday who suffered an ankle sprain last week.
The game begins at 4:25 p.m. EDT and will be shown by CBS, or watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
Betting Odds: Denver is favored by 16 points
Over/Under: 42 points
Prediction: The Broncos will try to put this game away early, and then rest Manning. Charles could slow the game down, but Denver should prevail with a strong third quarter.
Predicted Score: Denver 31, Kansas City 10
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