The Chiefs will attempt to stop their two-game losing streak on Monday Night Football as they welcome the Broncos into Arrowhead Stadium. Despite having one of the league’s top defenses, Denver is only 3-3 on the season while they struggle to find their offensive touch. With the help of Remarkable! let’s take a look at how these teams match up.
Trevor Siemian is still the head of an anemic Broncos offense that has seen injuries at skill positions. Siemian is holding onto the ball a bit too long in key spots, which is leading to more struggles. The Denver gunslinger has been sacked seven times on 34 pass attempts (one sack every 4.9 pass attempts) on plays in the Red Zone this season, second worst among QBs (League Avg: 17.5).
C.J. Anderson could be relied upon more with the suspect quarterback play for the Broncos. The Denver running back has rushed for 391 yards at outdoor stadiums this season (8th most among RBs in NFL).
While the offense has struggled, the Denver defense is keeping their team in every game. This season, the defense has:
- Not allowed any rushing touchdowns on 142 attempts (best in NFL; League Avg: 39).
- Allowed just 71.8 Rushing Yards per game (431/6) (2nd best in NFL; League Avg: 109.5).
- Allowed just 6.4 Yards per Attempt (1,203 yards/189 attempts) (5th best in NFL; League Avg: 7.1).
The Denver defense is the bread and butter for an otherwise troubled team. Will it be enough to halt the high powered offense of the Chiefs?
Despite losing two straight games, the Kansas City Chiefs are atop the AFC West and have an impressive group of young playmakers. Young wide receiver Tyreek Hill is a star for this team. He has broken 13 tackles since the start of last season, most among WRs. This season, Hill is averaging 73.6 receiving yards per game (515/7), tied seventh most among WRs (League Avg: 32.7). Another young superstar for this talented offense is Kareem Hunt. The rookie sensation has the most rushing yards through Week 7 and has averaged 6.7 yards from scrimmage per touch (1,002 yards/149 touches) this season, best among qualified RBs (League Avg: 4.7).
Another option through the air is Travis Kelce. This season, the big bodied tight end has:
- 37 receptions (2nd most among TEs in NFL).
- Averaged 60.4 Receiving Yards per game (423/7) (3rd best of 33 Qualified TEs in NFL; League Avg: 23.6).
- 32 receptions on 38 targets (84.2% Reception Pct) when his QB has not been under pressure (4th best of 43 Qualified TEs in NFL; League Avg: 69.3%).
Although they had a small hiccup in Week 7, the Chiefs defense gives fits to opposing quarterbacks. They have allowed a completion percentage of just 53.9 percent (137 completions/254 attempts) this season, best in the NFL (League Avg: 62.9 percent). One of the best DBs in the league is Terrance Mitchell. He has allowed receptions on just 19 of 44 targets (43.2 percent) to receivers he was covering, second best among DBs (League Avg: 60.6 percent). The strong defense has hurried opposing QBs on 10.8 percent of dropbacks this season, third best in the NFL (League Avg: 8.1 percent).
Can the Chiefs defend against Trevor Siemian and the rest of the Denver offense? Will Hill or Hunt come through with another big day? Tune in tonight to find out!
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