By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
The Denver Broncos (1-0) will invade Arrowhead Stadium this evening to battle the Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) in Week 2’s edition of Thursday Night Football.
Denver’s season opener against the Baltimore resulted in a grueling defensive battle, which the Broncos won by a final score of 19-13.
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning struggled in Week 1, completing just 24 of 40 passes for 175 yards, no touchdowns and one interception which was returned for a TD.
Manning was under intense pressure all game against the Ravens defense, allowing 4 sacks and being hit on five separate occasions.
The Broncos offensive line will have to perform better against a Kansas City squad who is known for their ability to get to the quarterback.
Denver running back Ronnie Hillman will be looking for a better individual performance in Week 2, as he ran for just 41 yards on 12 carries last week against the Ravens.
The good news for Denver fans is that Peyton Manning has gone a perfect 6-0 against the Chiefs since joining the Broncos three years ago.
The Broncos defense also looked very good last week versus Baltimore, and will need another solid performance if they hope to upset the Chiefs at home in Arrowhead.
Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs earned an impressive 27-20 road victory in their season opener last week against the Houston Texans.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith tallied three touchdown passes in the opening half against a Texans-D who was expected to give opposing offenses fits this season.
Tight End Travis Kelce recorded 106 receiving yards and 2 touchdown scores in Week 1 and will be looking to carry that momentum in to tonight’s game versus the Broncos.
Kansas City’s star running back Jamaal Charles failed to have a breakout game in Week 1, recording just 57 yards on 16 rushing attempts. But, I expect him to do better tonight against the Broncos.
The Chiefs defense were at the feisty best last week, recording five sacks and hitting quarterback Brian Hoyer on six separate occasions.
I expect that Justin Houston and company will have another big week against a Denver offensive line that struggled last week with the Ravens.
Las Vegas currently has the Chiefs pegged as -3 point favorites.
I expect that Kansas City will finally break the Peyton Manning curse and win tonight’s game by a final score of 24-20.
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