Kansas City Chiefs vs Denver Broncos Prediction, 1/8/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Week 18
Game: Kansas City Chiefs vs Denver Broncos
Date: Saturday, January 8, 2022
Location: Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Broncos (+3)
Empower Field at Mile High is the location where the Denver Broncos (7-9) will meet the Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) on Saturday. Kansas City is 3-point favorites. The total is 43.5.
The Kansas City Chiefs head into this game 11-5 for this year. In their last contest, the Chiefs stepped onto the field against the Bengals and went home with a loss by a final score of 34-31. Patrick Mahomes went 26/35 with 259 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 113.9 and finished the game without throwing a pick. Blake Bell held an average of 11.7 yards per reception by earning 35 yards on 3 receptions. Darrel Williams led the offense in rushing for the Chiefs with 14 carries for 88 yds (6.3 yards per carry). When the final whistle blew, they ran 58 plays which totaled 414 yds. The Kansas City Chiefs ended up running the ball 23 times and accrued 155 yds, earning them an average of 6.7 yds per carry. When it came to stopping the run, the Chiefs conceded 60 yards on 19 tries, which calculates to 3.2 yds per rush allowed. Kansas City conceded 30 pass completions on 40 tries for a total of 415 yds, and a completion rate of 75.0%.
Concerning scoring, the Kansas City Chiefs are averaging 28.3 points per game. As a team they average 113.8 yards via the ground game which is 16th in the NFL. The Chiefs have earned 6,356 yards in total over the course of this season. Kansas City has earned 248 first downs, and they have committed 106 infractions for 880 yds. They have given the ball to the opposition 25 different times (13 picks and 12 fumbles lost). When it comes to scoring touchdowns, Kansas City has earned 35 passing touchdowns and 16 rushing touchdowns.
The Chiefs rank 13th in the league when it comes to team defense, conceding 21.3 PPG. They are giving up an average of 4.6 yards per rushing attempt and 113.0 yards on the ground per game this year. Over the course of this season, they have given up 1,808 rushing yards through 16 games. Regarding passing yards, the Chiefs have conceded 4,100 yards which ranks them 28th in football. They have conceded 256.3 yards per game via the pass in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 66.3%. In total, they have given up 369.3 yards per outing putting them at 26th in the league. They have allowed 27 touchdowns through the air as well as 12 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Broncos step onto the field holding a record of 7-9 this year. For their last game, the Broncos took a loss by a score of 34-13 when they played the Chargers. Drew Lock (1 touchdown) ended the game with 245 yds on 18/25 passing while his QB rating was 116.2. He didn't throw any interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 9.8 yds. Noah Fant was the top contributor in the passing game for the Broncos, hauling in 6 throws for 92 yards (15.3 yds per catch). Melvin Gordon ran the ball 10 times for 43 yards, finishing the contest with 4.3 yards per carry for Denver. The Broncos finished the contest with a total of 319 yds on 56 plays (5.7 yards per play). Denver rushed the football for 3.1 yds per attempt, finishing the contest with 83 yds on 27 carries. Denver surrendered 35 attempts on the ground for 104 yards (3.0 yards per carry). The Broncos pass defense gave up a completion rate of 71.0%, surrendering 237 yards on 22 for 31 through the air.
When it comes to the points being put on the board, the Broncos rank 23rd in the NFL scoring 19.4 points per game. During the season thus far, the Broncos have thrown for 3,420 yards through the air as well as an average of 213.8 passing yards per contest, which has them ranked 19th in the league. They maintain an average of 114.6 rushing yards per game and have run for 1,834 yards overall. The Denver Broncos have an average of 328.4 yards per game ranking them 19th out of all teams in the NFL. The Denver offense has 666 penalty yards on 77 violations, which is good for 28th in the league in terms of making mistakes. They have thrown 9 interceptions while allowing opponents to recover 8 fumbles and they have been able to obtain 170 1st downs.
Denver has surrendered a total of 1,757 yards rushing (109.8 yards per contest) in addition to 9 touchdowns via the rush for the year. They have allowed 20 touchdowns through the air in addition to 212.3 yards per game, which has them in 6th out of all teams. They have tallied 19 turnovers (6 fumbles and 13 interceptions) on the year. This year, they have relinquished 294 points in total. The Broncos defense has taken part in 965 plays, which is good for 4th in football. The Broncos are surrendering 18.4 points per game, which puts them in 3rd in the league.
Who will win tonight's Chiefs/Broncos NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Broncos +3
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