KANSAS CITY, Sporting Alert – NFL Week 2 schedule kicks-off on Monday night with the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium.
Both teams enjoyed opening week victories and will try to build on that foundation in this AFC West battle, as two of the NFL top defenses collide.
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Thursday, September 17
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
In their Week 1 fixtures on Sunday, the Chiefs impressed with a 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans after taking advantage of some early mistakes by the home side in Texas.
Quarterback Alex Smith, who threw for 243 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, and the offense, helped to build a large first-half lead and then the defense held things together down the stretch to secure the win for the visitors.
Sunday’s regular season win was the 5th victory in a row for Kansas City and Andy Reid’s side stayed undefeated after going 4-0 during the preseason fixtures.
Also on Sunday in Week 1, Denver scored a close 19-16 victory over the Baltimore Ravens, as the home side’s defense came up big at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Peyton Manning was 24 of 40 for 175 yards and threw one interception for the Broncos, who opted to keep things short with the veteran quarterback.
In fact, his average 4.7 yards per pass on the day, was Manning’s second-fewest throwing yards per completion since the start of last season, according to ESPN stats.
After Aqib Talib ran a 51 yard interception return for a touchdown with 0:10 left in the third quarter and Brandon McManus was successful with a 33 yard field goal in the fourth quarter, former Baltimore Ravens safety Darian Stewart, who joined the Broncos over the winter, made a huge take away from tight end Crockett Gillmore in the end zone with 28 seconds left to seal the win for the road team.
Meanwhile, Broncos quarterback Manning will be hoping to continue his fruitful run against the Chiefs. He is just one win shy of owning the longest winning streak against Kansas City.
The 39-year-old has an impressive 13-1 record against the Chiefs during regular season fixtures and the playoffs. The last time Manning suffered a defeat against the Chiefs was during the 2004 season while he was playing with the Indianapolis Colts.
Denver heads into Thursday night’s Week 2 contest with a number of injury concerns, although running back C.J. Anderson (ankle, toe), who was limited participant in practice on this week, is expected to feature.
Defensive end Kenny Anunike, who did knee surgery last month, remains out, while fellow DE Derek Wolfe will continue his four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
Defensive end Malik Jackson (head) was among those listed as questionable, safety Darian Stewart (groin) is also questionable, with Omar Bolden doubtful because of a foot problem.
For the Chiefs, Sean Smith, like Wolfe will be unavailable as he too has been suspended by the NFL for the opening three games of the regular season after pleading guilty earlier this year to a drunken driving charge.
The likes of Husain Abdullah (quadriceps), D.J. Alexander (hamstring), Jeff Allen (knee) and Jason Avant (hip) are listed as probable.
Oddmakers are listing the Kansas City Chiefs as 3 point favourites against the Broncos on the current line, with the total setting a 42.