Posted Fri Dec 4th by Monty
Streak: Lost 1
Series vs. Denver: Chiefs, 44-53
Last time: Broncos, 24-17, 2008
The Line: Broncos by 4.5
Who’s hot: RB Jamaal Charles. With Larry Johnson gone the way of the Bengal, their backup is playing a lot better than L.J. ever did in 2009. Charles rushed for 93 yards (6.6 average) against San Diego Sunday that included a 31-yard scamper and a touchdown. He’s averaging 5.2 yards per carry on the year.
Who’s not: Chiefs defense. Kansas City has 14 sacks on the season — Broncos OLB Elvis Dumervil has 14 of his own. They just got blown out by the Chargers to the tune of 43 points, and they tallied neither a sack nor an interception against Philip Rivers and company. They’re ranked 27th or lower in all major defensive categories: points allowed, yards allowed, pass defense and rush defense.
Matchup to watch: LT Branden Albert vs. ROLB Elvis Dumervil. Albert, drafted a few picks after the Broncos’ Ryan Clady, has given up six sacks this year, while Dumervil is the league’s leading sack-master with 14. Dumervil registered one sack against the Chiefs last year — presumably against Albert as a defensive end in the Broncos’ 4-3 front, in what was an “off year” for Dumervil, if you will, hampered by injuries and only tallying five sacks on the year. Elvis will give Albert all he can handle; expect Matt Cassel to be busy early and often Sunday.