The Kansas City Chiefs will finish the 2011 season the way they’ve spent most of it: as underdogs.
Romeo Crennel and the Chiefs will head to Denver to take on Tim Tebow and the Broncos in a game that could determine the winner of the AFC West. If Kansas City had taken care of their own business last week and turned this game into a division championship game, there’s no way to know how that would have changed the view of the oddsmakers in Las Vegas.
With the Broncos knowing they are in the playoffs with a win and the Chiefs having little to play for, Denver is favored by 3.5 points. Even though the Broncos are favored, such a small spread is an indictment of how poorly Denver has played the last couple of weeks, considering being the home team is usually worth three points.
Clearly oddsmakers feel the little motivation the Chiefs have — showing GM Scott Pioli that Crennel deserves having the interim tag removed and starting QB Kyle Orton sticking it to the team that cut him loose earlier in the season in favor of Tebow — will be enough to give the Broncos trouble.
This line is also curious because of the first meeting between these two teams. Back in Week 10, the Broncos sent Chiefs starting QB Matt Cassel to the bench with a hand injury that would end his season and ran all over the Kansas City defense to the tune of 244 yards. In that game, Tebow completed just two passes on the way to a 17-10 victory.
If you think the revenge of Orton and Chiefs players love of Crennel is enough to keep the game close, you should feel confident putting your money on Kansas City one final time. For me, I’ve seen way too much sickening Tebow magic to be against him in a back-against-the-wall game.