Denver Broncos (8-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (10-4), Sunday Dec. 25, 8:30 PM ET
Line: Chiefs -4.5
So this is Christmas, and what have you done? By the end of Sunday, perhaps you will say, “Watched the Broncos and Chiefs play football.” That would be a wise decision, because this should be a really good game. When these two squared off earlier this season, it was a great contest, with the Chiefs eking out a 30-27 win. That was a huge game, because the Chiefs are vying for the AFC West, while the Broncos are fighting to make the playoffs. That’s what a tough schedule will do to you, especially when Trevor Siemian his your starting quarterback.
These are two great defenses, but their offenses, and their special teams, are in very different places. Alex Smith is definitely a better quarterback than Siemian, and Tyreek Hill has given the Chiefs offense a new dynamic. With injuries to the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce has perhaps been the best tight end in the NFL.
Both teams lost last week, which dealt the Chiefs a real blow in terms of winning the division and getting a bye. Granted, they have no reason to fear the AFC South champion, but you’d much rather have a bye and a home game. It’s hard to see the Broncos, and Siemian, going on the road and pulling out a win here.
Prediction: Chiefs 21, Broncos 17