Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs 10/12/2023 –Week 6 of the NFL regular season will kick off Thursday night with a clash between AFC West rivals Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas. Denver Broncos (1-4) are coming off of an emotional 31-21 home loss against the New York Jets, falling short in covering their 2.5-point spread as favorites. Their defense currently ranks dead last, giving up an alarming 36 points per game to opponents – an experience Sean Payton is finding difficult. The latest trends are favoring a win for the Kansas City Chiefs in this game, according to USA best online sportsbook.
Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs 10/12/2023 Game Info
|When:||Thursday, October 12, 2023|
|Time:||8:15 PM ET|
Sean Payton vs Andy Reid
Both teams come into this matchup with unique narratives, so this showdown could prove pivotal in shaping their respective seasons. Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton came into this season with high hopes, yet their struggles continued after losing to the New York Jets 31-21 at home, taking their record to 1-4 and placing them near the bottom of the AFC West standings.
Denver began the game against the Jets with great promise, taking an early 7-3 lead after Russell Wilson passed for a 22-yard touchdown to Jaleel McLaughlin midway through the first quarter. Wilson later added another score with a three-yard pass to Adam Trautman for three touchdown tosses, only for things to unravel quickly with them becoming 2.5-point favorites and ultimately losing.
The Broncos fell behind 24-13 and had an opportunity to stage a late comeback after picking off Zach Wilson, but Russell Wilson’s costly sack and fumble sealed their fate. They were outgained by their opponents with 308 yards compared to 407; furthermore, they struggled with turnovers by giving away three passes while only managing to force two takeaways.
On offense, Denver was 13th for passing offense with an average of 224 yards per game through the air, and 19th in terms of rushing offense, averaging 104.2 yards per contest. They scored an average of 24.2 points per contest to rank 11th in scoring offense; unfortunately, their defense suffered significantly, allowing an average of 36.2 points per game – giving their opponents an edge they did not.
Russell Wilson completed 1,210 yards of passing with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions for 1,210 total yards, as well as being sacked 15 times for 119 rushing yards rushed by Javonte Williams, Samaje Perine, Jaleel McLaughlin, and Courtland Sutton respectively; Courtland also led in receiving with 21 receptions totaling 229 yards with three touchdowns while Wil Lutz delivered successful field goal kicking attempts. Kansas City Chiefs’ season started out rocky as they suffered a one-point home loss to Detroit Lions, but soon rebounded by winning four consecutive matches and taking over first place in the AFC West with a 4-1 mark.
The defending Super Bowl champions showed considerable improvement defensively this season, allowing just 16 points per game on average. Their last road victory against Minnesota Vikings provided proof of resilience: when tied 13-13 after first-half injury issues for tight end Travis Kelce had occurred in first-half injury relief mode with an eight-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Patrick Mahomes finding rookie wide receiver Rashee Rice for an 8-yard score, and eventually All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce returned from injury with four-yard score making their lead undiminable 27-13!
Kansas City’s offensive prowess was evident, ranking 7th in passing offense with an average of 258 yards per game and 12th in rushing attack at an average of 123 yards per contest. They averaged an impressive 25.6 points per game to rank ninth in scoring offense while their defense ranked fifth by only allowing 16 points per contest.
Patrick Mahomes led the charge, completing 123 of 184 passes for 1,287 yards, with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions, as well as contributing to the running game with 154 yards rushing by Isiah Pacheco (71 carries for 325 yards and three scores) while Travis Kelce led receivers with 27 receptions for 222 yards and three scores respectively. The Chiefs displayed their depth at receiver with multiple players surpassing 100 receiving yards – Justin Watson, Rashee Rice, Noah Gray, Skyy Moore, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling among them – surpassing it.
NFL Latest Odds: KC-10.5;O/U 60
Broncos defensive play has been dismal. Over the past two weeks, they’ve given up 28 points to the Bears and 31 to the Jets – two teams not known for top-five offense. Going up against a Kansas City team that still hasn’t found its offensive rhythm is no small challenge for Denver.
Denver Broncos Betting Trends
Denver are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Denver’s last 10 games.
Denver is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
Denver is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against Kansas City.
Broncos is 0-10 SU in their last 10 games against Kansas City.
Denver is 2-12 SU in their last 14 games on the road.
Denver is 0-7 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against Kansas City.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver’s last 6 games against an opponent in the American Football Conference.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Denver’s last 9 games against an opponent in the American Football Conference West division.
Denver are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games played in October.
Kansas City Chiefs Betting Trends
Kansas City are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City’s last 9 games.
Kansas City are 12-1 SU in their last 13 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 6 games against Denver.
Kansas City are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games at home.
Kansas City is 7-0 SU in their last 7 games when playing at home against Denver.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 5 games against an opponent in the American Football Conference.
Kansas City is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against an opponent in the American Football Conference West division.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 6 games played in October.
Kansas City is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games when playing as the favorite.
Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs Betting Pick
As the season progresses, both teams will have to address their weaknesses and build on their strengths to secure their positions in the competitive AFC West. The Broncos will need to find a way to shore up their defense, while the Chiefs will look to maintain their impressive form. The best NFL betting websites are predicting the Kansas City Chiefs to win in this matchup.
Score Prediction: Chiefs 27, Broncos 17.