The Kansas City Chiefs look to extend their winning streak to seven games when they face the last-place Denver Broncos in Week 8. This is the second time in three weeks that these teams have met, as Denver scored just eight points in Week 6 in a 19-8 loss to Kansas City.
The Chiefs' Proven Dominance
The Chiefs held Russell Wilson to less than 100 yards per pass in that game, but had trouble converting in the red zone on offense.
Last week, that wasn't a problem as Patrick Mahomes threw four touchdown passes in a win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
Patrick Mahomes has never lost to Denver, but the question remains whether the Kansas City quarterback can keep that streak going as a favorite on the road in Week 8. The Chiefs have not looked dominant for most of the season, but they have shown solid numbers.
Denver is tied for sixth in the league with 25.4 points per game. They are second in yards per pass with 285.4 yards and 18th in yards per carry with 111.3 yards per game.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is back to being one of the top quarterbacks, as he has a 69.5% pass completion percentage, with 185 completions out of 266 attempts, 2,017 yards, 15 touchdown passes and six interceptions.
Tight end Travis Kelce has been one of the best wide receivers in the NFL and, with Taylor Swift involved, he's improving his performances.
On the season, Kelce has 48 receptions on 59 targets for 525 yards, with 10.9 yards per reception, and four touchdowns. It's hard to defend what he can do on the field.
The biggest difference between this Chiefs team and the previous teams is that they are second in the league with 15.0 points on 312.9 total yards per game.
Their defense is getting pressure on the quarterback with 22 total catches at this point and they completely dominated the Broncos offense two weeks ago.
How is it already week 8?! pic.twitter.com/J6HwNkoV9u
- Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 26, 2023
The Broncos' Potential Response
Denver hasn't beaten the Chiefs since Week 2 of the 2015 season. That's a streak of 16 consecutive games.
In fact, the Broncos have never beaten Patrick Mahomes since he became the Chiefs' starting quarterback. For those keeping score, that's 12-0.
Denver has had a less than ideal offense this season, as they rank 19th in the league scoring 21.1 points per game.
The team isn't moving the ball much, as they rank 22nd in the league with 199.4 yards per pass and 17th with 111.6 yards per carry per game.
Quarterback Russell Wilson is putting up pretty good numbers despite the struggles on offense, as he has a 66.4% pass completion percentage, with 142 completions out of 214 attempts, 1,499 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions.
The ground rush hasn't been able to take off much either, as it is being led by running back Javonte Williams, who has 63 rushing attempts for 272 yards, with 4.3 yards per carry, without finding the end zone, and also racked up 14 catches for 65 yards, with 4.6 yards per reception.
The Broncos simply can't sustain their offensive drives for very long, and that makes it extremely difficult for them to win games.
The Denver Broncos defense has been one of the worst in the entire league, as their 31.0 points allowed per game is tied for 31st. They are allowing too many yards as well, as they allow an average of 440.0 total yards per game.
With some potential players on the move ahead of the NFL trade deadline after Randy Gregory has already been moved, expect more names in rumored trades.