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Broncos host Chiefs in Important AFC West Showdown

Week 12 of the NFL regular season features a Sunday Night Football showdown from Mile High City, as the Denver Broncos host the Kansas City Chiefs. The current line has Denver favored by 3 points with the over/under point total sitting on 39.5.

Entering this game, Kansas City has an overall record of 7-3 straight up and 4-6 against the spread. On the road, the Chiefs are 3-2 SU and ATS. Denver on the season has an overall record of 7-3 SU and ATS. At home, the Broncos are 4-1 SU and ATS.

The two teams meet twice over the next six weeks, which will help determine what team wins the division title. Plenty is at stake for each team. Both are currently a game behind first place Oakland and are tied for the two wildcards in the AFC.

Denver has dominated the Chiefs the past few years with 7 wins in the past 8 head-to-head encounters. However, Kansas City ended a losing streak against the Broncos in last season’s final matchup with a 29-13 win.

Denver is coming of a bye week and should be nearly 100% healthy. However, the Chiefs have a number of important players who are nursing nagging injuries, especially defensive players that could prevent them from playing.

The Kansas City offense has not produced much of late due to injuries as well. The Chiefs could be without their two best receivers as Jeremy Maclin is doubtful with a groin injury and Tyreek Hill is questionable with an injured knee.

If Kansas City hopes to have any success against a strong defense for Denver, it will have to be from the legs of Spencer Ware, who started strong at running back this season but has not scored in three games.

Three top Chiefs defenders have nagging injuries with two being questionable and one probable.

Denver has one of the league’s best defenses ranking No. 2 overall in takeaways with 20 including 4 in the week prior to their bye against New Orleans.

Denver signal caller Trevor Siemian has not had impressive numbers this season but has two dangerous receivers in Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.

Kansas City is 7-0 SU in its past 7 games versus AFC West opponents.

Denver linebacker Von Miller has one sack in each of the past four games against the Chiefs.

The UNDER has cashed in 3 of the past 5 games between the two played in Denver, with the other two games ending in a PUSH.

Kansas City is 2-5 in its past 7 games versus Denver.

Prediction: Denver enters the game healthier than Kansas City. The Broncos defense is also stronger than that of the Chiefs. Lean here toward the Broncos.

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