The 5-1 Kansas City Chiefs will take on the 2-3 Denver Broncos in Week 7 at Empower Field at Mile High.
The Chiefs, the defending Super Bowl champions, defeated the Buffalo Bills in Week 6. The Broncos, meanwhile, upset the New England Patriots on the road in Week 6 behind six field goals from Brandon McManus. Denver somehow won the game without scoring a touchdown.
With Week 7 of the 2020 NFL season almost here, let’s take a look at four bold predictions for the Chiefs-Broncos game from a Kansas City perspective.
1. Le’Veon Bell scores a touchdown in his Chiefs debut
Former Pittsburgh Steelers superstar running back Le’Veon Bell will make his much-anticipated Chiefs debut against the Broncos. Bell signed with the Chiefs after getting released by the lowly New York Jets.
Look for the Chiefs to give the ball to Bell in the red zone for an easy touchdown run to get his confidence and self-esteem up. Bell’s short tenure with the Jets was a disaster from start to finish, so the former Pro Bowler is extremely motivated to get off to a hot start with the Chiefs and remind everyone he’s still one of the best backs in the NFL.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is one of the most innovative offensive coaches we have in the NFL. Look for him to find a variety of ways to get Bell involved on offense and get the Michigan State product a touchdown in his first game with KC.
With the Steelers and Jets, Bell carried the ball 1,493 times for 6,199 yards and 38 touchdowns, with most of those numbers coming in Pittsburgh.
2. Patrick Mahomes throws for 300 yards and three touchdowns
In five career games against the Broncos, Chiefs superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes is 5-0 and has thrown for 1,307 yards and eight touchdowns. Look for the former MVP to continue his dominance in Week 7.
Thus far on the 2020 season, Mahomes has thrown for 1,699 yards and 15 touchdowns. He only has one pick.
Don’t be surprised if the gunslinger eclipses the 300-yard mark against the Broncos and throws for three touchdowns. Mahomes is undoubtedly the best quarterback in the NFL and he’s eager to win the Super Bowl again after signing the richest deal in sports history this past offseason.
The Broncos’ pass defense isn’t that good, as they are ranked 20th in the NFL. With that being said, look for Mahomes to go off in the Mile High City and put on a show.
3. Travis Kelce catches two touchdown passes
Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce is off to a great start in 2020. He’s caught 37 balls for 470 yards and five touchdowns from Mahomes.
In Week 6 against the Bills, Kelce scored two touchdowns on the road. Look for the five-time Pro Bowler to reach the end zone two more times against the Broncos, as Kelce has a history of playing well versus Denver. He’s faced the Broncos 11 times with the Chiefs and has caught 72 balls for 948 yards and four touchdowns.
The chemistry between Mahomes and Kelce is off the charts. The Broncos can devise a gameplan to stop Kelce all they want, but it’s not going to work. Mahomes and Kelce are going to carve up Denver’s secondary all game long and make their fantasy owners very happy.
Since entering the NFL, Kelce has 544 receptions for 6,935 yards and 42 touchdowns. He’s arguably the best tight end in the league right now.
4. Chiefs blow out Broncos to improve to 6-1
As we mentioned above, Mahomes has never lost to the Broncos. The Chiefs will blow out the Broncos in Week 7 and improve to an impressive 6-1 on the young season.
Kansas City has the better quarterback, head coach, offense and defense. It would be one of the biggest upsets of the season if the Broncos defeated the Chiefs. Don’t expect it to happen, though, as KC will be eager to win its first game with Bell in the mix and send a message to the other contenders in the NFL that they don’t stand a chance against them once the playoffs start.
Mahomes is playing a different game than everyone else right now. He’s using his physical gifts and growing knowledge of defenses to toy with teams. Now, Mahomes has another playmaker to work with in Bell. The rich really do get richer in sports.
The Broncos don’t have an explosive offense and the Chiefs have an aggressive defense with Tyrann Mathieu leading the way in the secondary. This is a game KC should take easily. Don’t be surprised if Mahomes and the rest of the starters on offense get to rest for the majority of the fourth quarter.