I’ve been trying to figure out all week why Sunday night’s game between the AFC West divisional opponents Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos isn’t getting the high-voltage attention you would think. Not on television. Not on football blogs. Not on the radio. I haven’t even seen tons of information on gambling sites. We do know Chiefs' quarterback Patrick Mahomes is going to be on the field, right? Is it because the Broncos can be a little boring? Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is a nice guy who has done a great job this season, but he doesn’t come with the headlines that we see Tom Brady or even a rookie QB like Justin Fields get when they are playing. My friend and NFL Network reporter James Palmer tweeted this stat the other day: Bridgewater currently has a higher passer rating, a higher completion percentage, higher yards per attempt, and more than half as many interceptions this season than Mahomes. Wow. That’s hard to believe, right? See, this game deserves more talk. Maybe it’s because 21 teams have a 20 percent chance of making the playoffs? Could it be we don’t really know who to pay attention to?
I understand these two teams have been anything but competitive.
The last 11 straight games the Chiefs have dominated the Broncos. The last time the Broncos beat the Chiefs, guess who was at quarterback? Peyton Manning. Mahomes is a perfect 7-0 against the Broncos in his career, his best record against any team. But he only had two touchdown passes in the two games against Denver last season.
Sunday night he faces a Broncos defense that's been one of the best in the NFL all season. Per ESPN, Denver is allowing the third-fewest points per game in the league and shut down Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert last week.
Yet, I never heard ESPN’s Bart Scott, who has an opinion about everything, make hot takes about what this could mean for the Chiefs if they lose this game!
This past week players and coaches were asked about the 11 straight wins. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he wasn’t even sure what we were talking about when a reporter asked about the streak. It was such an obvious fib, but we all get it. Teams don’t care about the past when they are winning. Now if you are on the side of history like the Broncos, different story. Safety Justin Simmons, who played in nine of the 11 losses to Kansas City, said, “this is personal.” I believe him, too. He went on to say the Broncos can’t get too caught up in the Chiefs’ dominance.
“How I operate is I like to be where my feet are. I don’t really like thinking about the past or even the future,” Simmons said. “I really like focusing in on the now and what’s at stake right now. But with that being said, at some point it does piss you off a little bit. I’m looking forward to Sunday.”
The Broncos know they must beat the Chiefs at Arrowhead if they want to get the monkey off their backs. There’s no way this team can ensure that Reid honestly recalls the streak, until the streak is ended because his team loses. Sunday night is Denver’s best shot.
Oh, I’ll be at the game too. Check out ESPN at 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday and I’ll be live from Arrowhead!