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Chiefs Host Broncos in Important AFC West Battle

Monday Night Football and an AFC West showdown ends Week 8 of the NFL regular season when the Denver Broncos visit the Kansas City Chiefs. The current line has Kansas City favored by 7 points with the over/under point total sitting on 42.5

Entering this game, Denver on the season is 3-3 straight up and 2-3-1 against the spread. On the road, the Broncos are 0-2 SU and ATS. Kansas City on the season is 5-2 SU and ATS. At home, the Chiefs are 2-1 SU and ATS.

Prior to last week’s loss to the Raiders, Kansas City had won 12 straight games against AFC West opponents. The Chiefs have now lost two straight after opening the season 5-0.

Kansas City rooking running back Kareem Hunt is the only player in the history of the NFL to begin his career with seven consecutive games of 100 or more yards from scrimmage and he led the NFL in rushing with 717 yards to begin the week, but is now second to the 760 yards of Le’Veon Bell.

Denver, like Kansas City has lost two straight. Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian was criticized heavily after Denver lost to the Chargers 21-0, which was the first time the Broncos had been shutout in 25 seasons. The Broncos running game has not helped with C.J. Anderson rushing for a combined 61 yards in the team’s last two games.

Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith is one of the favorites for NFL MVP at the midpoint of the season. The Chiefs signal caller has thrown for 300 yards or more three times this season and has 15 touchdown passes and no interceptions.

His favorite target tight end Travis Kelce caught touchdown pass in the loss to Oakland and has caught one pass or more in 55 straight games. Last Christmas, Kelce caught 11 passes for 160 yards and one touchdown to help lead the Chiefs over Denver 33-10.

Broncos’ wide receiver Demaryius Thomas caught just two passes for only nine yards in the loss to the Chargers last but Kansas City’s defense is ranked No. 28 in yards allowed against the pass.

Denver is 3-7-1 ATS in its last 11 games versus opponents from the AFC West.

Kansas City is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games against opponents from the AFC West.

Prediction: Look for a close game but the Chiefs will pull away late to cover.

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