If this were any time other than now time, I would be picking Denver in this match-up. Now, I’m uncertain. Peyton Manning didn’t look good in the preseason and didn’t look good in the first game of the regular season. Not to mention, Kansas City’s defense is kind of really, really good. Denver’s defense also showed last week that it was really, really good, so it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.
This being said, I believe offense will be the deciding factor. It will most likely be a defensive game, probably no more than 20 or so points scored by either team, with a lot of sacks and a few turnovers. The team that ends up with the most points off turnovers will most likely come out on top. Unlike the Dallas game last Sunday, neither of these team’s defenses will allow what New York’s defense allowed.
I think Travis Kelce will be another deciding factor in this game. If he gets it going, he gives Kansas City a better chance to win, as Denver’s corners won’t likely give Jeremy Maclin any room to make plays. These two teams are pretty evenly matched in almost every regard, which makes this pick almost like flipping a coin. As I stated above, if this were 2012, 2013, or 2014, I’d be picking Denver every time. But now Manning’s starting to decline, and Kansas City is starting to rise.
Maybe Manning will prove me wrong tonight?
Winner: Kansas City