Week 7 of the 2019 NFL season will kick off with a terrific game on Thursday Night Football. The Denver Broncos will be hosting the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC West showdown. Kansas City was supposed to run away with this division this season, but a win by Denver in this game could make things very interesting in the division.
The Kansas City Chiefs have lost each of their last two games, but they still sit in first place in the AFC West. Kansas City will bring a 4-2 record into this game, but they certainly have some things to fix before Thursday night.
Denver is heading in the opposite direction, as they have won each of their last two games. The Broncos are still just 2-4 on the season, but they have plenty of momentum. The Kansas City Chiefs are three-point favorites over the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football.
Chiefs Must Start Running The Ball
The Kansas City Chiefs are going to have to start running the ball if they are going to get back to winning football games. The Chiefs are averaging just 83 rushing yards per game, and that has allowed opposing teams to focus on their passing game. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes has thrown for over 2,100 yards this season, but the Chiefs are putting too much pressure on their young quarterback. Don’t be surprised to see the Chiefs trying to establish the run early in this game.
Kansas City has struggled a bit on defense this season, but it hasn’t been the reason for its two losses. The Chiefs are allowing 24.0 points per game, but their quick-strike offense has forced them on the field a ton this season. Kansas City will not be taking on a great offensive team in this game, and there is a good chance that they put up a low number.
Denver Defense Finally Making Plays
The Denver Broncos got off to a slow start on defense this season, but it appears that they have finally found their groove. Denver has allowed just 13 combined points in the last two games, and they had a shutout of the Tennessee Titans in Week 6. Von Miller leads the team with 2.5 sacks this season, and the Broncos should be able to get pressure on Mahomes in this game.
Denver is averaging just 17.7 points per game on offense this season, and that could be a problem against the explosive Chiefs. The Broncos don’t have the ability to score points in a hurry, and their defense will have to keep this game within reach. Running back Phillip Lindsay is averaging 4.7 yards per carry and will need to have a big game for Denver in this one.
Chiefs Get Back On Track With Victory
Denver is never a fun team to deal with in its home stadium, and they have been playing great football of late. The problem for the Broncos in this game is that they just simply can’t score enough points to keep up with the Chiefs and their explosive offense. Don’t be surprised if Denver keeps this game close for a long time, but their lack of offense will eventually cost them in this one. Bet the Kansas City Chiefs -3.0 over the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football.