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The Chiefs lead the division with a record , while the Broncos are third are but the standings don't tell the full story as of the two teams it is Denver who arguably arrives into the game in a more buoyant mood.
Read more After losing the first four games of the season, the Broncos have put together a two-game winning run, winning in Los Angeles against the Chargers in Week 5 and beating the Tennessee Titans at home on Sunday.
The Chiefs, meanwhile, jumped out of the blocks to a start but back-to-back home losses against the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans have significantly slowed down their momentum.
Kansas still tops the division but its status as the heir apparent to the New England Patriots in the AFC is no longer unquestionable, with the Texans and the Baltimore Ravens also at The defeats to the Colts and the Texans—both teams the Chiefs could feasibly play in the playoffs—exposed Kansas's ongoing struggles against the run.
The Chiefs gave up rushing yards against Indianapolis and yards on the ground against Houston and are allowing total yards and 24 points per game on average. Kansas City's defensive limitations put unnecessary pressure on the shoulder of Patrick Mahomes and a high-octane offense which is repeatedly asked to bail the team out.
The reigning MVP threw for three touchdown passes against Houston on Sunday but passed for just 41 yards in the second half—the lowest total of any half he has played since entering the NFL.
Mahomes has been dealing with an ankle injury he suffered in the Chiefs' opening win against Jacksonville in the opening game of the season, which he looked to aggravate against the Colts and then again against the Texans. Managing Mahomes' fitness is crucial for the Chiefs, who don't have a bye until Week 12 and host the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings in consecutive weeks after their trip to Denver.
The good news for Kansas is that three of their four wins this season have come on the road and that they haven't lost to Denver in seven games. Optimism, however, is growing in the Mile High City after the Broncos won a second consecutive game on Sunday, shutting down Tennessee and allowing just yards.
For the first time since September , Denver recorded seven sacks and three interceptions and its defense continued to show signs of improvement. There won't be many bigger tests of its progress than a game against the Chiefs and Mahomes. Here's all you need to know ahead of Thursday.
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Form The Chiefs are on a two-game running streak after losing to the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texas at home in consecutive weeks, while the Broncos have won the last two straight after losing their first four games.
Series record The Chiefs lead the all-time series and have won the last seven meetings between the two. Last season, Kansas won in Denver at the beginning of October and backed up the result with a at home less than four weeks later.
Odds According to Oddschecker , the Chiefs are 3.