The Kansas City Chiefs may be less than three weeks removed from being embarrassed by the Denver Broncos, but don’t tell that to the folks in Vegas. Fresh off a 44-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks, the Chiefs will host the Broncos Sunday as heavy favorites.
The Chiefs are currently favored over the Broncos by 9 points.
When Kansas City traveled to Denver on November 14th, the Chiefs were favored but ended up falling 42-29 in a game that is better remembered for Todd Haley refusing to shake hands with Josh McDaniels. The Chiefs were road favorites then thanks to the Broncos having lost four straight.
Once again Kansas City gets the nod due to Denver being unable to get out of their own way. Not only have they lost two straight, but along with their coach they were fined $50,000 for illegally videotaping a 49ers practice in London.
With these teams having just met, normally this would be a line in the 5-6 point range. But there is very little normal about this matchup on Sunday. In addition to Haley and the Chiefs looking for revenge, they have yet to lose at Arrowhead this season (5-0) while the Broncos have struggled mightily on the road (1-5).
Last week the Chiefs were just one point favorites when they traveled to Seattle and they proved throughout the game that it should have been a much bigger spread. Could that performance on the road (along with a similar beatdown two weeks ago of the Arizona Cardinals) help push the line even higher? Some outlets have already headed that way, assigning the Chiefs as 10 point favorites.
Even with the blowout loss still fresh in everyone’s memory, it would be hard to argue that this number shouldn’t be up near 14. The Broncos are in full out free fall mode and heading into a stadium that — while not what it once was — has been a very difficult place to play. Not to mention that Denver’s defense has surrendered an average of nearly 37 points over their last 5 games while Kansas City owns one of the league’s hottest offenses.