The Kansas City Chiefs will try to put a bow on their 2021 regular season with a win over the Denver Broncos, who are hoping to play spoiler before entering the offseason. The Chiefs need a win and a Titans loss to the Texans to secure the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.
After a 3-4 start, the Chiefs won eight straight games before losing a shootout in Cincinnati last Sunday. Conversely, the Broncos got off to a 3-0 start before enduring a four-game losing streak. At 7-7, Denver remained in the hunt for a playoff berth before losing a defensive duel in Las Vegas in Week 16. The Broncos put up little resistance in a 34-13 loss to the Chargers in Los Angeles on Sunday.
We’ll preview the game along with giving our prediction for Saturday’s outcome. Here’s how you can follow the action in real time.
How to watch
Date: Saturday Jan. 8 | Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Empower Field at Mile High (Denver)
TV: CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (click here)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Odds: Chiefs -11.5, O/U 45
When the Chiefs have the ball
Kansas City’s offense has averaged over 37 points per game over its last four outings. The offense continues to run through Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Mahomes has thrown 35 touchdowns this season, while Hill and Kelce have caught a combined 198 passes for 2,328 yards 17 touchdowns. With Clyde Edwards-Helaire on the mend with an injury, the Chiefs’ running game has been led by Darrel Williams, who ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s loss to Cincinnati.
The Chiefs will face a Broncos defense that is third in the NFL in points allowed, seventh in passing yards allowed and third in red-zone efficiency. The Broncos’ defense has struggled on possession downs, as they are 27th in the NFL in third-down efficiency. In contract, the Chiefs boast the NFL’s top-ranked third-down offense, with a 51.8% success rate. Mahomes will face a…