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NFL : ATS Matchup
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DENVER (9 - 2) at KANSAS CITY (9 - 2)
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Week 13 Sunday, 12/1/2013 4:25 PM
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DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games9-2+3.36-49-239.017.9451.7(6.3)2.126.311.5378.0(5.7)1.8
Road Games3-2-0.82-34-136.819.4434.2(6.1)2.232.812.2400.2(6)2.0
Last 3 Games2-1+0.82-11-228.720.7412.0(5.7)
Grass Games7-0+55-15-239.017.3456.4(6.5)1.920.710.3355.1(5.3)1.4
Division Games3-0+22-01-230.721.7453.3(6.6)1.319.37.7338.3(5.6)0.3
DENVER - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)39.017.927.230:2931-121(3.9)28-4168.5%331(8.1)72-452(6.3)(11.6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.24122131:3227-117(4.3)23-3661.9%255(7)64-372(5.8)(15.5)
Offense Road Games36.819.426.029:5730-128(4.3)27-4166.0%306(7.4)71-434(6.1)(11.8)
Defense (All Games)26.311.522.030:4226-95(3.7)24-4159.1%283(6.9)67-378(5.7)(14.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.510.919.930:5327-111(4.2)22-3660.7%237(6.6)62-348(5.6)(15.5)
Defense Road Games32.812.223.632:4026-89(3.4)25-4062.9%312(7.7)66-400(6)(12.2)
DENVER - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.90.71.6214-538.8%1-043.6%2-54(23)23-2(10)7-56
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-538.1%1-011.1%2-45(23.5)2-17(10.1)6-49
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.61.6 14-537.3%1-040.2%3-59(23.4)21-2(9.7)6-52
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-535.9%1-033.3%3-80(23.5)2-17(10.9)6-45

KANSAS CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games9-2+6.86-53-824.512.3326.8(5.2)
Home Games5-1+3.52-42-425.012.0333.7(5.3)1.317.39.0335.8(5.9)1.7
Last 3 Games1-2-1.51-21-226.09.0316.3(5.3)
Grass Games8-2+5.85-53-724.713.2338.5(5.3)
Division Games1-2-1.51-21-226.310.3318.3(5.2)1.325.011.3397.3(5.9)1.3
KANSAS CITY - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)24.512.319.731:4527-121(4.5)21-3659.0%206(5.7)63-327(5.2)(13.3)
Opponents Defensive Avg.25.111.920.731:5127-112(4.1)23-3761.9%247(6.8)64-359(5.6)(14.3)
Offense Home Games25.012.020.331:1526-117(4.4)22-3661.1%216(6)62-334(5.3)(13.3)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.611.419.830:3327-109(4.1)22-3661.2%245(6.7)63-354(5.6)(15.6)
Defense Home Games17.39.016.728:4522-82(3.8)22-3561.0%253(7.1)57-336(5.9)(19.4)
KANSAS CITY - 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) 14-429.1%1-146.2%2-53(25.6)3-18(7)7-55
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.71.8 14-537.3%1-048.2%2-58(24)18-2(8.4)7-58
Stats Against (Home Games) 13-427.8%1-166.7%2-60(25.9)2-20(8.6)7-61
Average power rating of opponents played: DENVER 18.2,  KANSAS CITY 17.2
DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/6/2013@ DALLAS51-48W-7.5L56O31-10333-42-414214-5225-36-4702
10/20/2013@ INDIANAPOLIS33-39L-6.5L54.5O20-6429-49-365331-12121-38-2131
11/10/2013@ SAN DIEGO28-20W-7W56U22-8425-36-313135-13119-29-1980
11/17/2013KANSAS CITY27-17W-7.5W49U36-10424-40-323125-14421-45-2001
11/24/2013@ NEW ENGLAND31-34L-1L53.5O48-28019-36-132431-11634-50-3243
12/1/2013@ KANSAS CITY            
12/12/2013SAN DIEGO            
12/22/2013@ HOUSTON            
12/29/2013@ OAKLAND            

KANSAS CITY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/6/2013@ TENNESSEE26-17W-2W37.5O26-12020-39-233222-10521-41-2343
11/3/2013@ BUFFALO23-13W-4.5W41U23-9519-29-115038-24118-39-2293
11/17/2013@ DENVER17-27L7.5L49U25-14421-45-200136-10424-40-3231
11/24/2013SAN DIEGO38-41L-3L43O18-11426-38-281227-10427-39-3870
12/8/2013@ WASHINGTON            
12/15/2013@ OAKLAND            
12/29/2013@ SAN DIEGO            
DENVER: This is basically Peyton Manning's offense, which means they take what opponents give them when it comes to the running game. Offensive line coach Dave Magazu has brought zone blocking back to Denver, even if it's not to the extent that it was during the Mike Shanahan heyday. Rookie Montee Ball should lead the committee, as he's their best runner and an effective pass protector; there's no such thing as a 'running down' with Manning. It will essentially be a hot hand situation between Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman for the rest of the snaps. Manning is essentially doing the same thing he did in Indianapolis. It's a lot of pre-snap adjustments and, because of his deteriorating arm strength, more quick hitters. Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker will work on the outside as receiver 1 and 1A. They'll go to a three-receiver base with Wes Welker coming in, and the former Patriot will likely take over as Manning's No. 1 target. Joel Dreessen is more of a blocking tight end, though he does see a few safety-valve targets. Jacob Tamme's playing time figures to drop with Welker's arrival. The Broncos remained a balanced team in the red zone, mostly because opponents often kept extra defensive backs on the field against Manning. The Broncos tied the NFL lead with 52 sacks in their first year under DC Jack Del Rio in 2012, but departed with DE Elvis Dumervil (11 sacks) due to an agent fax machine error. However, OLB Von Miller (18.5 sacks) remains along with versatile OLB Wesley Woodyard (117 tackles). The addition of playmaking CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (16 INT, 4 TD in career) helps make up for losing CB Tracy Porter, and future Hall-of-Famer CB Champ Bailey is still playing at a high level. Having the NFL's easiest schedule also helps a lot.
KANSAS CITY: New head coach Andy Reid will bring his West Coast offense to K.C., but unlike in Philly, his personnel with the Chiefs will force a more run-heavy approach. Jamaal Charles will be the focal point of the offense, as the Chiefs will incorporate a lot of zone blocking and stretch plays outside the tackles. They'll also use a lot of shotgun and spread formations to create space for Charles. Reid rode LeSean McCoy hard in Philly, and Charles is looking at a similarly huge workload. Rookie Knile Davis is coming off a rough season at Arkansas, but could emerge as the thunder in the Chiefs' backfield. Reid and new offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, most recently his QB coach with the Eagles, will run a classic West Coast offense. Alex Smith will work off play-action a lot and they'll move the pocket around for him. Dwayne Bowe will spend most of his time at flanker as the No. 1 receiver in this offense, with Donnie Avery stretching the field as a split end. The Chiefs are built for a lot of two-tight end sets, with Anthony Fasano in-line and more likely to stay in and block, and rookie Travis Kelce as the pass-catching H-back. Reid has talked up Dexter McCluster, but he figures to be only a part-time weapon. In the red zone, Smith will likely be put on a lot of sprint-outs on what are run-pass options. No team forced fewer turnovers (13) than the Chiefs last year, who had just four takeaways over the final eight games. New defensive coordinator Bob Sutton will try to mix things up with his 3-4 base that provides multiple looks and will blitz more than last year. The Chiefs had only five sacks coming from their defensive line in 2012, but OLBs Justin Houston and Tamba Hali combined for 19 sacks. The team added free agent CBs Dunta Robinson and Sean Smith to give the front seven more time to apply the pressure.
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(UPDATES with Hali playing, Houston out)

*Broncos-Chiefs Preview* ========================


For the first time this season, both the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs are coming off losses, and both were more disappointing than the average NFL defeat.

The AFC West rivals will meet for the second time in three weeks Sunday in Kansas City with each looking to take control of the division and avoid another week of looking for a bounce-back game.

"I know, look, everybody's going to ride that roller coaster," Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio said. "Last week we're the greatest, this week not so good. We'll just keep working at it."

A number of complicated scenarios exist for each team to clinch a postseason spot with a win this week.

While the Broncos (9-2) might be feeling the majority of the disappointment after matching a franchise-record 24-point collapse Sunday in New England, the Chiefs (9-2) are likely feeling the brunt of the pressure.

They've dropped their first two games in consecutive weeks, including their first at home in Sunday's last-minute 41-38 loss to San Diego. They've also lost consecutive games at Arrowhead Stadium to the Broncos.

The more alarming trend might be a defense that has allowed season-high point totals the last two weeks. After allowing over 17 points for the first time this season in a 27-17 loss Nov. 17 at Denver that didn't exactly raise huge concerns, Sunday's game certainly exposed some holes - and physically created them with injuries.

"Just like we were doing when we were winning, we need to go back and see what's up and correct it and just keep going to work," Chiefs safety Eric Berry said. "It's not the end of the world. But we do have a sense of urgency this week to get the things corrected that we see on tape."

Kansas City has two sacks in its last four games after piling up 35 through its first seven. Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers combined for 715 passing yards in two weeks after the Chiefs had held each of their previous nine opponents under 300 yards through the air.

They now face Manning again, and this time around Kansas City won't have Tamba Hali (9.0) and Justin Houston (11.0) - who account for over half of the team's sacks - on the field together.

Hali suffered a sprained ankle last week, but he went through practice Friday without feeling pain and will play. Houston dislocated his right elbow against the Chargers and it's unclear when he'll return.

"Losing that caliber of players, we have to step it up, make something happen," Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers said. "That's what we get paid to do."

Coach Andy Reid said starting defensive tackle Mike DeVito will likely return after missing last week's game with a knee injury.

The Chiefs are still best in the AFC in scoring defense, allowing 16.3 points per game. They're also holding opponents to an NFL-low 29.1 percent on third down.

The Broncos offense, however, has been another kind of elite, averaging a league-best 451.5 yards and 39.0 points, 11.2 points ahead of No. 2 Seattle. Their 48.3 percent third-down conversion rate tops the league, as does their red-zone efficiency (78.7).

Manning is within two touchdown passes of breaking his franchise record of 37. Tying that mark Sunday likely would have helped avoid a 34-31 overtime loss to the Patriots.

He finished with a season-worst 70.4 passer rating with a season-low 19 completions on 36 attempts for a season-low 150 yards.

Matching a season-high four turnovers as a team was likely the bigger issue.

"Hated the way that ended, not getting a chance to get our hands on the ball," Manning said. "We helped them with some short fields. It's hard to do that to our defense."

That hasn't been an issue for Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith or the team as a whole. They've turned the ball over a league-low 11 times while creating an AFC-best 24 takeaways.

Smith has thrown five interceptions, and his 25 picks since 2010 are the fewest among quarterbacks with 1,100 passing attempts.

The Broncos aren't without injury issues of their own.

Knowshon Moreno ran for a career-best 224 yards on a career-high 37 carries against the Patriots. Though he isn't certain to play, an MRI showed a right ankle injury suffered at the end of the game caused no significant damage.

Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's jammed right shoulder also wasn't serious.

Del Rio said he expects cornerback Champ Bailey (foot) and tight end Julius Thomas (knee) to return after both missed the New England. Julius Thomas is tied with Demaryius Thomas for the team lead with 10 touchdown catches.

Starting defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson, however, has been placed on season-ending injured reserve with a dislocated hip.

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