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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 12/30/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore



KANSAS CITY (2 - 13) at DENVER (12 - 3)
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Week 17 Sunday, 12/30/2012 4:25 PM
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KANSAS CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-13-8.85-107-813.96.2332.9(5.4)2.525.813.0347.7(6)0.8
Road Games1-6-3.42-53-412.44.1314.3(5.1)
Last 3 Games0-3-30-30-36.73.3312.0(6)1.721.710.7341.7(5.1)0.3
Grass Games1-12-10.44-96-712.66.7312.4(5.2)2.425.212.6349.9(6)0.8
Division Games0-5-5.21-43-211.64.2264.8(4.8)
KANSAS CITY - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.311.320.130:0927-114(4.3)22-3562.0%238(6.7)62-351(5.7)(15.1)
Offense Road Games12.44.117.330:3129-135(4.7)18-3355.6%179(5.4)62-314(5.1)(25.3)
Defense (All Games)25.813.017.929:4729-133(4.6)17-2958.9%214(7.5)58-348(6)(13.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.811.619.830:1526-104(4)22-3661.2%246(6.8)62-350(5.6)(15.4)
Defense Road Games27.011.017.330:5031-143(4.7)16-2859.1%207(7.5)58-351(6)(13)
KANSAS CITY - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-537.9%0-075.0%2-46(25.6)2-24(14.2)5-43
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.61.6 13-538.8%1-044.7%3-61(23.6)21-2(9.6)6-54
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-539.6%0-00.0%2-30(19.1)2-39(18.1)5-45

DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games12-3+910-410-529.510.7392.5(5.9)1.619.19.9302.3(4.9)1.6
Home Games6-1+55-15-231.711.9416.9(6)
Last 3 Games3-0+33-02-131.314.7411.7(5.5)0.714.03.3278.3(5.3)1.7
Grass Games10-1+98-27-430.510.9403.6(6.1)1.417.19.8288.3(4.9)1.8
Division Games5-0+53-12-329.09.4410.2(6.2)1.615.010.0282.0(5)2.4
DENVER - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)29.510.723.230:5129-111(3.8)25-3767.9%282(7.6)66-392(5.9)(13.3)
Opponents Defensive Avg.2311.119.930:0327-111(4.2)22-3561.8%241(6.8)62-352(5.7)(15.3)
Offense Home Games31.711.924.931:4030-126(4.2)26-3966.3%290(7.5)69-417(6)(13.1)
Defense (All Games)19.19.918.629:0925-91(3.6)21-3657.8%211(5.8)61-302(4.9)(15.9)
Opponents Offensive Avg.2311.92030:3027-108(4.1)22-3661.3%244(6.8)63-352(5.6)(15.3)
Defense Home Games18.39.117.028:2022-78(3.5)20-3754.8%211(5.7)59-289(4.9)(15.8)
DENVER - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-430.7%1-038.9%2-45(22)2-13(6.1)8-61
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.61.6 13-538.5%1-043.6%3-62(23.2)21-2(9.3)6-53
Stats Against (Home Games) 14-429.9%2-146.2%1-15(20.6)2-11(6.6)8-56
Average power rating of opponents played: KANSAS CITY 19.3,  DENVER 19.6
KANSAS CITY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/1/2012@ SAN DIEGO13-31L7L41O30-11319-29-176426-12318-20-2162
11/12/2012@ PITTSBURGH13-16L12W39U35-14211-26-148129-9516-32-1541
12/9/2012@ CLEVELAND7-30L7L38U26-18010-21-130135-15417-30-1980
12/16/2012@ OAKLAND0-15L4L43.5U10-1018-32-109145-20318-30-1821
12/30/2012@ DENVER            

DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/4/2012@ CINCINNATI31-23W-5W47.5O26-6827-35-291225-9126-42-2751
11/11/2012@ CAROLINA36-14W-3.5W46.5O22-6527-38-295221-5221-36-1982
11/18/2012SAN DIEGO30-23W-7T47.5O25-13325-42-253223-5324-40-2243
11/25/2012@ KANSAS CITY17-9W-10.5L41.5U24-9522-37-273131-14813-26-1161
12/2/2012TAMPA BAY31-23W-7.5W49.5O29-9127-38-242121-7118-39-2351
12/6/2012@ OAKLAND26-13W-10W46.5U39-14026-36-288116-6119-30-2632
12/16/2012@ BALTIMORE34-17W-3W47.5O45-16317-28-187019-5620-40-2222
12/30/2012KANSAS CITY            
KANSAS CITY: Even though new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. are more versed in power blocking, they apparently lured RT Eric Winston from Houston by promising more of a zone scheme. It fits with their personnel and shouldn't be a major transition. Jamaal Charles is the starter as soon as he proves he's healthy, and the Chiefs will run a lot of single-back, two-tight end stuff. Peyton Hillis should take at least a third of the reps at tailback and could be closer to a 50/50 split if Charles is slow to recover from his torn ACL. Hillis will see some time at fullback. There will, however, be certain game plans where Dexter McCluster plays more snaps than Hillis. One of Hillis' big roles will be in the red zone, where he figures to get carries near the goal line. Under Daboll, things should be opened up a little more for Matt Cassel this year. K.C. will likely spread things out, whether it be with three receivers or two tight ends, and go with more quick throws. Dwayne Bowe remains the No. 1 target while Steve Breaston is more of a catch-and-run guy who could thrive in this offense. He'll slide to the slot with Jonathan Baldwin playing outside when they go three-wide. Tony Moeaki will likely see his role scaled back slightly with the use of more three-wide sets. Kevin Boss will be used sparingly as a pass catcher, and the backs will be used frequently as check-down options. The Chiefs' 2011 defense was unspectacular, experiencing a drop in production across the board except for six more interceptions than in 2010. Kansas City does have some upside with a talented and blossoming defensive line and pass-rushing LB Tamba Hali (12 sacks in 2011). LB Derrick Johnson is a solid run-stopper on the inside who didn't get much of a shot before the arrival of Romeo Crennel, but he's been excellent in two years since. He was one of four NFL linebackers to reach triple digits in solo tackles in 2011. The most promising development in regards to this defense for 2012 is the fact that young star strong safety Eric Berry's knee should be 100 percent after he missed essentially all of 2011 once he tore his ACL in the season opener. He's excellent in pass coverage and able to contribute in run support.
DENVER: This entire offense will obviously be revamped going from Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning. Before they scrapped the entire playbook to run Tebow's zone-spread stuff, they were reinstalling a more traditional zone-blocking scheme under o-line coach Dave Magazu (they had moved to more of a man scheme under Josh McDaniels' regime). Willis McGahee will have an adjustment to make again; he benefitted from the threat of Tebow last year, but was mediocre in traditional sets and put the ball on the ground far too much. Rookie Ronnie Hillman could push him on early downs and also see a good portion of the reps on third down. This offense is basically being handed over to Peyton Manning. Manning's offense is all about feel; it's a lot of option routes and adjustments at the line of scrimmage. Demaryius Thomas is his most gifted receiver, but he'll have a major adjustment to make after playing in a run-heavy, triple-option offense in college, then Tebow's zone-read in his first significant NFL action. Eric Decker, who has experience in pro style offenses, should be able to pick this up more quickly. The Broncos figure to use two tight ends often, with Joel Dreessen blocking while Jacob Tamme plays more H-back and occasional slot as a receiver. The Broncos' first option will be to throw it in the red zone. During his time with the Colts, Manning would go to the line with a passing play and audible to a run only if needed. John Fox certainly made his mark felt on the defense in his first year as Denver's head coach. The Broncos D will benefit from Peyton Manning leading longer drives on offense in 2012. The healthy return of Elvis Dumervil to partner with Von Miller forms a potent pass-rushing LB tandem. After missing 2010 with a torn pectoral muscle, Dumervil took a while to adjust to Denver's new 4-3 scheme. He had all 9.5 of his sacks in November/December, showing he's very capable of returning to his 2009 form. Miller isn't consistent against the run, but he is a 15-sack threat. He struggled late last year, with just two total tackles and zero sacks over the final three weeks, but that can likely be chalked up to him hitting the rookie wall.
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*Chiefs-Broncos Preview* ========================


While the AFC's other top teams have stumbled recently, the Denver Broncos look to keep rolling into the postseason.

By earning an 11th straight victory in Sunday's regular-season finale, the Broncos can wrap up a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs and ensure the visiting Kansas City Chiefs land the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL draft.

After passing New England for the No. 2 seed on Dec. 16, Denver (12-3) beat Cleveland 34-12 last week to put itself in position to earn a week off during the league's wild-card weekend. While a win against the Chiefs will be enough to do that, a victory plus a Houston loss at Indianapolis would give the Broncos home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

"I think it's real important that we win this week against Kansas City - all our focus will be on that," coach John Fox said. "Whatever that brings, we'll react to."

The Broncos' 10-game winning streak is tied for the second-longest in team history, behind only a 13-game run during their 1998 Super Bowl season.

Six of Denver's wins during its current run have been by double digits - including the last three by a combined 52 points - but it didn't have an easy time last month at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs held a second-half lead on Nov. 25 before Peyton Manning led a pair of long second-half scoring drives to give the Broncos a 17-9 victory.

Denver ranks second in the NFL in scoring (29.5 points per game), but has only totaled 43 points in its last four games against Kansas City.

"Some teams you match up against better than others," Fox said. "We had a tough game with these guys last time we played at their place."

Manning hasn't had it very tough in his career versus Kansas City. He completed 22 of 37 passes for 285 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the first meeting to improve to 8-1 against the Chiefs.

The four-time MVP had a season-high 339 yards and three touchdowns against Cleveland to tie Brett Favre's NFL record with 72 games with at least three touchdown passes.

Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker combined for 15 catches, 167 yards and three TDs against the Browns. Decker needs 12 yards to join Thomas with 1,000 and give the Broncos their first duo to hit that mark since Rod Smith and Ashley Lelie in 2004.

Despite outgaining playoff-bound Indianapolis 507-288 last week, the Chiefs fell 20-13 and moved within one loss of their second 2-14 campaign in five seasons. They'll also be guaranteed the top pick in the 2013 NFL draft should they fall in Denver.

Jamaal Charles will try to build on his big day after rushing for 226 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries against the Colts. Peyton Hills added 101 on 15 carries as Kansas City rushed for 352 yards - its most since 1966.

Charles leads the AFC in rushing with 1,456 yards and needs just 12 to surpass his career high set in 2010, the year before he tore his left ACL.

"He's super-fast, he's tough. He's a scary sight for a defensive guy," Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said of his teammate. "He opens up a lot of things for the offense. He's a key player."

Charles, who rushed for 107 yards on 23 carries in the first meeting, will try to join Larry Johnson and Priest Holmes as the only Chiefs to hit the 1,500-yard mark, but he'll have to do it against the NFL's third-best rush defense (91.0 yards per game).

Charles also has to hope he's feeling better. He was one of three Chiefs, along with linebacker Tamba Hali and left tackle Donald Stephenson, to be sent home from Wednesday's practice due to illness.

It's not like Kansas City has an effective passing game to fall back on. Brady Quinn has averaged 156.8 yards in his last five starts, and committed two turnovers in the red zone against the Colts to give him a 40.2 passer rating inside the opponents' 20 - the worst mark of the 38 QBs with more than 10 attempts.

The Chiefs have totaled three offensive touchdowns and 43 points during a five-game road skid, and Quinn has been sacked a total of nine times in his last two starts away from Arrowhead. That's bad news against Denver linebacker Von Miller, whose two sacks last week gave him the single-season franchise record with 17 1/2.

Miller had one of the Broncos' two sacks of Quinn last month.

Kansas City has won two of three in Denver after a 7-3 victory there last season.

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