Well the headlines of Sunday will have nothing to do with the game on the field, but instead the “customary handshake” that follows it. Three weeks ago The Chiefs never seemed to get on the bus when they came to face their AFC West rival Denver Broncos. Coach Todd Haley added fuel to the fire of the rivarly by refusing to shake hands with Broncos coach Josh McDaniels. Instead he pointed and said, “we will see you in a few weeks.” Be sure to expect the cameras to keep rolling well after the final whistle blows for a much anticipated meeting.
However, let us look onto the actual game since their initial meeting the teams have gone in very different directions. The Chiefs have dominated their opponents by a combined score of 73-37, since that Mile High collapse in Denver, while the Broncos were embarrassed on Monday Night Football in San Diego and outplayed by the young St. Louis Rams at home.
With all that being said, the Chiefs look to kill two birds with one stone by avenging their loss in Denver and continuing their lead in the AFC West. Matt Cassel has been the spark the Chiefs needed after that debacle in Denver, however it seems easy when your number one wide out in Dwayne Bowe is coming down with everything except a cold. He has exploded for 7 touchdowns in his last three games, putting his total to 14 scores on the year.
Combine Bowe with the number one rushing attack in the league and you make for a very potent offense. However the one thing that the Broncos have been able to well against the Chiefs in their first meet was stuff the run which allowed the Broncos defense to get off the field. Expect a different story this weekend as the Chiefs will look to dominate time of possession as well as sustain their offensive drives. The Broncos last week were terrible on defensive third down percentage and the Chiefs will need to do that if they want to control this game.
The Chiefs have stifled teams defensively on the ground, but don’t seem to have to worry about much as Denver’s rushing attack is ranked 30th in the league. In what looks to be another lopsided game, this time in favor of the home team, you cannot overlook the rivalry games of the AFC West.
Look for Matt Cassel to continue this hot streak and the ground game to continue their dominance. The Chiefs should be able to extend their division lead in front of a rocking red crowd in Kansas City, making matters worse for Head Coach McDaniels.
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Written by Vince Sapienza
I am a sports enthusiast pursuing an undergraduate degree in Television Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Communication Studies with a deep passion and love for all that is sports.