The Broncos have found a winning formula with Tim Tebow under center the last three weeks, and now take the show on the road again for another AFC West showdown. This time it’s in Arrowhead with the Chiefs, a team that just got beat by 28 by the formerly winless Dolphins.
Below are our keys to the matchup Sunday, as well as our final prediction to see if Tebow can get the Broncos closer in the AFC West division race.
1. Come up with New Tricks for Tebow – How will the read-option fare this time around for Tebow and the Denver offense? It passed with flying colors against the Raiders, but the Chiefs have had a week to study and prepare.
2. Pressure the Cassel – The Chiefs’ offensive line has managed to protect Matt Cassel for most of this season, and they’re hoping last week’s poor performance was just an aberration. Denver has a few missiles aimed at Kansas City’s front line in rookie linebacker Von Miller and Dumervil. Miller leads the squad with seven sacks and has at least one in all but two games.
3. Establish the Pass – Denver should feel somewhat confident in trying to establish the passing game early and only have to watch what Dolphins backup-turned-starter Matt Moore did to the Chiefs to boost their spirits. Moore was thrust under center only because Chad Henne was injured but threw for 244 yards and three scores. Moore entered the season with about as much regard as Tebow, which was very little.
Prediction – Tim Tebow is 2-1 as the Broncos starter in 2011, and while it hasn’t looked pretty, he’s finding a way to get the job done. Now he takes on a Chiefs team that had been on a roll before they totally laid an egg last week against the Dolphins losing 31-3. The Broncos seem to be responding well under Tebow, again despite it being ugly, and they will again win ugly in KC against a Chiefs team really not that good and falling down. Denver 27 Kansas City 17