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Monday Night Football Preview: The Chiefs Host the Struggling Broncos

The 3-3 Denver Broncos will visit the 5-2 Kansas City Chiefs Monday night at 8:30 p.m. The Broncos are coming off of a 21-0 drumming from the Chargers, while the Chiefs lost 31-30 on the last play of the game against the Raiders.

Broncos’ offensive woes

The theme for the Broncos in recent weeks has been a lack of offensive output. The Broncos’ offense has been on a downward spiral since the first two weeks of the NFL season in which they scored 24 against the Chargers and 42 against the Colts. Since then, the Broncos have mustered 16, 16, 10 and now zero points.

They’ve been outscored 80-42 in their last 4 games, putting up a 1-3 record in the process.

Broncos’ coach Vance Joseph calls for his offense to convert with the passing game.

Chiefs’ losing streak

Similarly, the Chiefs have struggled in recent weeks. After a fantastic unbeaten start to the season, including a 42-27 win at New England in Week 1, the Chiefs how now lost two consecutive games to bring their record to 5-2. Unlike the Broncos in the last two weeks, the Chiefs have lost close games, first losing 19-13 to the Steelers, then 31-30 to the Raiders.

One thing the Chiefs need to avoid this game is penalties. Last week against the Raiders, the Chiefs had two consecutive penalties that led to a 2-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr to Michael Crabtree at the end of the game, resulting in a Raiders win.

Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid discusses his frustration with losing on penalties against the Raiders.

Injuries

Broncos

The Broncos are struggling with injuries more so than the Chiefs.

  • Todd Davis, ILB (ankle)
    • Did not participate in Saturday’s practice; QUESTIONABLE
  • Virgil Green, TE (shoulder)
    • Participated fully in Saturday’s practice; QUESTIONABLE
  • Emmanuel Sanders, WR (ankle)
    • Did not participate in Saturday’s practice; QUESTIONABLE
  • Donald Stephenson, T (Calf)
    • Did not participate in Saturday’s practice; OUT
  • Derek Wolfe, DE (hand/foot)
    • Limited participation in Saturday’s practice; QUESTIONABLE
Chiefs

The Chiefs have a relatively healthy squad, with six players total listed on the injury report. Four of the six players participated fully in practice, and two had limited participation.

  • Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OL (knee)
    • Limited practice
  • Justin Houston, LB (knee)
    • Limited practice
  • Bennie Logan, DL (knee)
    • Fully practiced
  • Mitch Morse, OL (foot)
    • Fully practiced
  • Charcandrick West, RB (Concussion)
    • Fully practiced
  • Albert Wilson, WR (knee)
    • Fully practiced

Game details

The game will start Monday night at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

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