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Fresh off a big victory against the Bengals

Fresh off a big victory against the Cincinnati Bengals Kansas City Chiefs Customized Jerseys , the Kansas City Chiefs stay home for another week and take on a familiar adversary: the Denver Broncos.Here are five things to watch during the game:1. Dueling blowoutsMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsBoth of these teams are coming off blowout victories in the previous week — and as it happens, the final score of both games was 45-10.That seemed like an odd coincidence to me, so naturally, I wondered what kind of history there is for this kind of situation.The RundownSubscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking here.It turns out that since the 1970 merger, there have been only four games in which both teams won their previous game by 35 or more points — the most recent in 1986.In 1972, the Dolphins beat the Jets 28-24 in Week 10.(That Miami team, of course, is the one that went undefeated through the Super Bowl that season).In 1973, the Falcons defeated the 49ers 17-3 in Week 7.In Week 9 of 1977, the Raiders beat the Oilers 34-29, and in 1986’s Week 5, the Bears blanked the Vikings 23-0.So in a very limited sample size, half of the games saw the teams put up a fair number of points in a one-score game, and in the rest of the games, one of them walloped the other. (I didn’t really expect to learn anything from this.It was just fun to look up.I love my job!).In this game, both defenses have just given up fewer points than any other game this season.And both offenses have just put up their biggest scores of the season.(It’s the Internet, so I know some wag is going to point out that the Chiefs offense only scored 38.OK, fine.The Broncos offense only scored 31.Feel better?).You could reasonably expect both units on both teams to come out swinging.And it’s a division game.The Chiefs are 6-5 against the Broncos since Andy Reid’s arrival.Reid lost five times in a row, and has now won six straight — but only three have been relatively easy victories.In each of the last two — both with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback — the Chiefs have had to come from behind to win.So don’t look for a blowout in this game.Look for it to be an incredibly physical battle that will be played to the final whistle.2. Don’t overlook the Broncos defenseMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsAs a division rival, it’s easy for Chiefs fans to discount the Broncos.But it would be a mistake to discount the Broncos defense.The unit is, after all, the only one to hold the Chiefs to less than 30 points this season — albeit on their home field.They no longer have some of the players that made them one of the NFL’s top defenses, but there are still some very talented players on the Broncos defensive roster.This week, Broncos safety Justin Simmons told Denver’s KDSP that Denver knows what it needs to do.“If we want to win this game, it’s going to come down to us defensively, and we didn’t get it done in the fourth quarter,” Simmons said of the first game against the Chiefs. “This time it’s the same recipe.It’s going to come down to us — not only holding them to less points but creating more turnovers, creating more opportunities for the offense to have more time of possession and more chances to move the ball down the field. If we’re going to win in KC that’s what it’s going to take.”Simmons told KDSP that he might be playing in the slot more against the Chiefs — something that Broncos head coach Vance Joseph seemed to be hinting in remarks about Simmons on Monday.“He’s a good football player, he’s very smart,” Joseph said. “He allows us to play some base versus three-wide because he can cover the slot for the most part.He’s guy that’s valuable to us — as a leader, as a guy that can cover slots and as a blitzer that plays the ball from the high zone.”3. Organic pressureIsaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY SportsLast week, I pointed out that the Chiefs were going to have to pressure Andy Dalton without blitzing him — because Dalton isn’t good under pressure, but is good at making defenses pay for blitzing.Apparently, Bob Sutton knew that, too. As Craig Stout pointed out in his analysis of the Chiefs defense against the Bengals Kansas City Chiefs T-Shirts , Sutton blitzed Dalton exactly once — but still got a pair of sacks, a quarterback hit and 11 pressures on 33 passing attempts. Dalton slinked away from Arrowhead with a passer rating of 63.6 on the day, and the Chiefs held a good offense to just 10 points.Case Keenum isn’t quite in the same league as Dalton, but pressure will disrupt him, and like any experienced NFL quarterback, he capable of making a blitz backfire. Sutton would be wise to adopt a similar approach this week.4. Embracing the chaosRon Chenoy-USA TODAY SportsSince their backup quarterback Chad Kelly was arrested for criminal trespass in the early hours of Tuesday morning after attending teammate Von Miller’s annual Halloween party — and was subsequently cut by the team — it would be pretty easy to conclude that the Broncos are self-destructing from lack of leadership.And it’s possible that’s exactly what’s happening.But from long experience observing these kinds of incidents on NFL teams, I think it would be a mistake to assume that’s what’s going on.It’s not at all unknown for something like this to galvanize a team.It’s easy to imagine that Von Miller — embarrassed because this happened in connection with his party — to be doubly motivated to have a big game.It’s possible that Keenum — suddenly without a quarterback controversy swirling around him — could react in a similar way.In short, it’s impossible to predict what effect this incident will have on the Broncos. But it will be more than interesting to see how it plays out.5. More Mahomes recordsMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsPatrick Mahomes has thrown 22 touchdown passes in the first seven games this season — a feat that only Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have accomplished.If he gets three more against the Broncos — can you believe we’re calmly discussing the possibility that a Chiefs quarterback could throw three touchdown passes in an upcoming game as if it’s something that happens all the time? — he’ll have 25 in eight games.Both Brady and Manning have done that, too — but it would exceed the number thrown in eight games by Andrew Luck, Drew Brees, Kurt Warner, Aaron Rodgers and Dan Marino.That’s some pretty hefty company.It’s also worth noting that if Mahomes makes it to 25 touchdown passes on Sunday, he’ll be the youngest player to throw that many through eight games of a season.Manning has done it twice — at 28 and 37 — and Brady didn’t do it until he was 30.Those three touchdown passes would also keep him ahead of Kurt Warner’s record for touchdown passes through nine career games — and in all probability, also push him above Warner’s passer rating of 116.1 through those games. Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke to the media following Sunday night’s 43-40 loss to the New England Patriots, and again on Monday afternoon.Let’s round up some of what he said:On Sunday night, Reid characterized the game as a learning experience.David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports“It was a heck of a football game,” he said. “I was proud of how the guys battled. We will learn a lot from this game. We kind of shot ourselves in the foot a little bit early and you can’t do that against a good football team. So, we learn from it and we move on and get ourselves better for the following week.”On Monday, Reid expanded on that.“The more you’re together and the more you play together, the better you understand each other, and you become battle-tested,” he explained. “You feel like, ‘Listen... if we just take of a few of the issues there early, we have a chance to be a pretty good team.’ That’s what you learn from something like this. And every week you learn something new. When you come out of this game, that’s what you’re saying. You’re kicking yourself in the tail a little bit for the things that happened early, but on the other hand, you’re going, ‘You know what? We fix a couple of those things, and we’re going to be OK.’”Reid made it clear he doesn’t believe in moral victories.“I’m not a big ‘moral victory’ guy as much as I am a ‘learn from what you’ve got to better yourself’ guy,” he said. “We [need to] just stay on that, and get better the next week. I don’t care who’s in there -- I really don’t care. Get your stuff together and let’s go play, and get ourselves better. You come in here and look at the tape, you bear down on it, and be as honest as you can be. I say this to the coaches — and myself — too. Be as honest as you can be on it — and learn from it — and then let’s get better. Let’s do that collectively.”After digesting the game tape, Reid confirmed Patrick Mahomes’ Sunday night explanations of his two first-half interceptions.Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY SportsOn Sunday night https://www.thechiefsfanshop.com/hats , Mahomes said that when Dont’a Hightower moved into the line of scrimmage on his first interception, Mahomes “kind of lost track of him,” and didn’t know Hightower had moved into a position where he could make a play on the ball.“Hightower bit on the play fake, and then he was all the way in to the line of scrimmage, and then he settled back out,” Reid said. “Mahomes saw that he had Kelce, so he tried to get it out quick — where he normally would just kind of put it up and over — [but] Hightower [had] filtered back out. So he got Mahomes on that one. It’s a great one for him to learn from.”On the second interception — which, on Sunday night, Mahomes said was an instance of him being greedy — Reid was philosophical.“Listen, Patrick’s always going to try and make plays the best he can, but he can learn from that one, too,” he said. “There’s a time and a place. Maybe you just throw it out of bounds and you kick one. There’s a time and a place for that.“But he came back in similar situations and made some huge plays — like on the one to Kareem, when he was scrambling out of the pocket, and hit Kareem down on the sideline. There’s a time and a place for everything, and with all of his gifts and abilities and great plays, he’ll learn that with time here. But you can’t fault him for trying his best. You know you’re going to get his best.” Reid said that Sunday night showed he can depend on Mahomes to learn and to keep fighting.“He started off a little rough,” Reid said. “But he came back. he battled through it. He kept firing — which is important — and made some plays. He’s a young guy. For him to be able to overcome those things during a game, tells you a little bit about him. But on the other hand, we have to get better at those things. We have to start better. He’s the type that will do that. he knows that every day’s not going to be perfect, but that he has to keep battling. That’s what he does, and I appreciate that with him.”Other notes from Reid’s Sunday and Monday remarksReid said that center Mitch Morse suffered a concussion on Sunday night and would be undergoing the concussion protocol this week.Jordan Devey started in place of injured right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif on Sunday night, and moved to center when Morse left the game in the second quarter.Andrew Wylie took Devey’s place at right guard.Should Morse be unable to play Sunday night against the Cincinnati Bengals, that’s probably where they would remain.Reid wasn’t bothered by the fact that the Patriots had no penalties assessed against them in Sunday night’s game.“I think the officials go back and do the same thing we do,” he said. “They study it, and learn from it. if they miss one or two here or there, they’ll figure it out, and they’ll get it the next time. I kind of put them in with all of us. That’s the human element of the game, and you roll with it.”Reid noted that after the 7:20 mark in the fourth quarter, the Patriots just about doubled their passing yardage for the whole game.We checked, and Reid was right.Until the 42-yard pass to Chris Hogan on third-and-one with 7:20 remaining in the game, the Patriots had passed for only 165 yards.They finished with 327.

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