The Broncos and Chiefs are set to meet for the second time this year and all eyes will be on this Week 13 matchup. They will square off on Sunday Night Football despite the fact that oddsmakers think this game is going to be a blowout. Here’s an update on the Broncos and Chiefs in advance of their Week 13 meeting.
Here are the updated Broncos vs. Chiefs odds. These are the odds at DraftKings Sportsbook and even though the spread is remaining at 13.5, the Chiefs are even heavier favorites on the moneyline than they were on Monday. Most Colorado online sportsbooks have similar odds as of October 16, 2021 7:21 PM.
|Denver Broncos||+13.5 (-110)||+650||O 50.5 (-110)|
|Kansas City Chiefs||-13.5 (-110)||-910||U 50.5 (-110)|
The Quarterbacks Are Back
Have no fear Broncos backers, Denver will have their quarterbacks back on the field after the Week 12 debacle against the New Orleans Saints. The Broncos lost all four quarterbacks due to COVID-19 protocols and they were forced to trot out practice squad receiver Kendall Hinton under center.
Starting quarterback Drew Lock and backups Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles have tested negative and are cleared to return to practice. That means that the great quarterback experiment of Week 12 is likely over.
Per player sources: Lock, Rypien, Bortles all tested negative again today, clearing them to return.
They could have played tonight.
Brings into question league’s final-hour decision to quarantine them in first place. Obviously an overreach. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) December 1, 2020
The line on this game actually moved in favor of the Chiefs after this news. The spread remained constant, but the moneyline odds are heavily in Kansas City’s favor.
That shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the last two times these teams played. The Chiefs gave the Broncos a 43-16 beating and it was one of the worst games of Lock’s career. Although he ran for Denver’s only touchdown of the game, he also threw for two interceptions.
Banged Up Broncos
Aside from the COVID-19 issues that the Broncos are experiencing, Denver has a handful of players who are banged up. Running back Phillip Lindsay left Sunday’s game early after tweaking his knee. If Lindsay can’t play on Sunday, that will be a huge blow to Denver’s rushing attack, which ranks 14th in the NFL with 113.5 yards per game.
Jerry Jeudy is another key offensive piece who is dealing with injury. The rookie wideout is nursing an ankle/Achilles injury, but he was able to play in Week 12. It’s likely that Jeudy plays on Sunday, but this is the stage in the season where guys are going to be playing through pain.
No matter who is on the field at the skill positions, the Broncos are bound to have a better offensive game in Week 13 than they did in Week 12.
Patrick Mahomes MVP?
Patrick Mahomes is well on his way to winning his second NFL MVP in his three years as a starter. He leads the NFL with 3,497 yards and a 0.5% interception percentage. His 30 touchdown passes are among the best in the NFL and when you compare that to his measly two interceptions, those touchdowns are even more impressive.
Mahomes is coming into Week 13 after an unreal game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in which he threw for 462 yards and three touchdowns. The Broncos could be in for a long game if Mahomes continues to play at an MVP level.