Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos Week 17 NFL Picks & Predictions 12/31/2017
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Sports Authority Field
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The Kansas City Chiefs travel to Sports Authority Field to take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday, December 31, 2017. The opening line for this game has Denver as 2.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 41. The Chiefs have an ATS record of 9-6-0 while their over/under record is 7-8-0. The Broncos have an over/under record of 7-8-0 and they are 4-10-1 against the spread.
Valuable Kansas City Chiefs Betting Trends
The Kansas City Chiefs are 7-8-0 against the over/under
The Kansas City Chiefs are 9-6-0 against the spread
Important Denver Broncos Betting Trends
The Denver Broncos are 7-8-0 against the over/under
The Denver Broncos are 4-10-1 against the spread
Key Kansas City Chiefs Injuries
12/24/17 RB Akeem Hunt Shoulder left last game, is "?" Sunday vs Denver
12/15/17 OL Mitch Morse Foot IR
12/11/17 S Steven Terrell Undisclosed IR
12/08/17 LB Dee Ford Back IR
10/09/17 WR Chris Conley Achilles IR
09/08/17 DB Eric Berry Achilles IR
09/07/17 DB Ashton Lampkin ACL IR
08/30/17 RB Spencer Ware Knee IR
07/30/17 LB Dadi Nicolas Knee PUP
Key Denver Broncos Injuries
12/24/17 WR Cody Latimer Thigh is "?" Sunday vs Kansas City
12/24/17 WR Emmanuel Sanders Ankle is "?" Sunday vs Kansas City
12/18/17 LB Shane Ray Wrist IR
12/14/17 QB Trevor Siemian Shoulder IR
12/13/17 S Justin Simmons Ankle IR
12/11/17 G Ronald Leary Back IR
12/05/17 DE Derek Wolfe Neck IR
11/08/17 T Menelik Watson Foot IR
11/06/17 QB Chad Kelly Wrist IR
11/06/17 TE Jake Butt Knee IR
10/20/17 LB Corey Nelson Elbow IR
10/17/17 G Billy Turner Undisclosed IR
09/15/17 DE Jared Crick Back IR
09/05/17 WR Carlos Henderson Thumb IR
08/12/17 DL Billy Winn Knee IR
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Kansas City Chiefs are 6th in the NFL in points scored with 388. They have run 920 plays this season for 5,628 yards, which ranks them 3rd in the league in total offense. The Chiefs average 6.1 yards per play, which is 2nd in the National Football League. As a team they have accumulated a total of 299 1st downs this year, placing them 11th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Kansas City has run for 1,793 yards as a team, which ranks 9th in the NFL. They've run 378 times, averaging 4.7 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Chiefs have been penalized on offense 114 times for 1,004 yards so far this season, which has them 4th in the league in penalties. Alex Smith has thrown for 4,042 yards this season. He has completed 341 passes on 505 attempts for a completion percentage of 67.5%. His quarterback rating is 104.7. He averages 8 yards per pass attempt and 11.9 yards per completion.
Kansas City is 14th in the league in points allowed on defense with 315. They have surrendered a total of 5,506 yards on D, which is 28th in the NFL. The Chiefs are ranked 25th in yards per play allowed with 5.6. Their pass defense has given up 6.6 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 24th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses have completed 304 passes on 539 attempts against the Kansas City Chiefs defense this season, placing them 7th and 29th in the National Football League. The Kansas City pass defense has also given up a total of 3,726 yards through the air, which is 27th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 414 attempts for 1,780 yards this year, putting them in 23rd place in the league against the run. The Chiefs have committed 103 penalties for 834 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 14th in the NFL. They've given up a score on 33.7% of possessions on defense, which is 16th in the league.
Special Teams Stats
Kansas City is ranked 11th in the league in punt returns with 33. They've accumulated 219 punt return yards and average 6.6 yards per return, which is 24th in the NFL. Their longest punt return so far this year is 82 yards. They have returned 43 kicks for 988 yards on special teams, ranking 1st in kick return yardage. The Chiefs average 23 yards per kick return and have a long of 42 yards this year. They are 2nd in the league in all-purpose yards with 7,042. The Kansas City Chiefs have attempted 43 field goals this season and made 39, which is 1st in the National Football League. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 90.7%. Kansas City Chiefs kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 37 for 37 this year. Their punters have totaled 2,681 yards on 60 punts, averaging 44.7 yards per punt. That places them 16th in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Denver Broncos have run for 1,742 yards as a unit, which ranks 13th in the league. They've run 428 times, averaging 4.1 yards per rush as a unit. The Broncos have been penalized on offense 109 times for 855 yards so far this year, which has them 7th in the NFL in penalties. They are 27th in the National Football League in points scored with 265. They have run 1,010 plays this year for 4,849 yards, which ranks them 18th in the NFL in total offense. The Broncos average 4.8 yards per play, which is 28th in the league. As a team they have accumulated a total of 275 1st downs this season, ranking them 22nd overall as an offensive unit. Brock Osweiler has completed 96 throws while attempting 172 passes for a completion percentage of 55.8%. He has passed for 1,088 yards this year. He averages 11.3 yards per completion and 6.3 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 72.5.
The Broncos rush defense has given up 401 attempts for 1,320 yards this season, putting them in 3rd place in the NFL against the run. They have had 85 penalties for 781 yards on defense this year. That places them 5th in the league. They've allowed a score on 32.2% of possessions on defense, which is 10th in the NFL. Denver is 22nd in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 355. They have given up a total of 4,261 yards on D, which is 2nd in the league. The Broncos are 3rd in yards per play allowed with 4.8. Their pass defense has allowed 6.1 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 16th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses have completed 272 throws on 455 attempts against the Denver Broncos defense this season, ranking them 1st and 4th in the league. The Broncos pass defense has also surrendered a total of 2,941 yards in the air, which is 5th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Denver Broncos have tried 31 field goals this season and made 23, which is 20th in the league. Their kickers have a FG percentage of 74.2%. Denver kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 24 for 24 this season. Their punters have accumulated 3,201 yards on 72 punts, averaging 44.5 yards per punt. That ranks them 20th in the NFL in punting average. Denver is 3rd in the NFL in punt returns with 40. They've totaled 345 punt return yards and are averaging 8.6 yards per return, which is 17th in the league. Their longest punt return this season is 44 yards. They have returned 32 kicks for 684 yards on special teams, placing them 11th in kick return yardage. The Broncos average 21.4 yards per kick return and have a long of 61 yards this season. They are 13th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 6,185.
Who will win tonight's Chiefs/Broncos NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Chiefs +2.5
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