Week 2 in the NFL season will kick off in a bit over an hour with a clash of AFC West teams as Peyton Manning will lead the Denver Broncos into Arrowhead to take on the Kansas City Chiefs.
This reads like a tale of two teams who fans feel completely different about this season. Everywhere you look you see people jumping on the Chiefs bandwagon. It seems like the only thing that Andy Reid’s team was missing last season was a wide receiver. They have an elite running back in Jamaal Charles, a quarterback who has won in the playoffs, a rising tight end in Travis Kelce and a stud defense. Well enter Jeremy Maclin and the Chiefs came out firing in Houston with seemingly all pieces in place.
On the other side of the dime you have the Denver Broncos, the four time division champions are seemingly finished accoridngly to the public. Peyton Manning hasn’t looked good since last season and last week he averaged under 5 yards per pass. Denver also got destroyed in the process…what’s that? Denver won last week? They beat the Baltimore Ravens?!?! You’d never that the Denver Broncos are currently 1-0 based on everything you’ve heard all week.
So what do we do tonight? I’ll admit it, I cringe every time I see Peyton Manning go down and go down hard. It’s hard to watch knowing his injuries and, let’s face it, his age. The Chiefs will be coming at him all night long but this year it’s a different Denver Bronco team. After three years of the Broncos being carried by Peyton Manning, he is now being carried by them. The Broncos have a great defense and have a good running game now that the Montee Ball experience is over. I know Arrowhead will be loud tonight and I know the Chiefs are the consensus pick but I’m not willing to give up on Peyton Manning just yet. This game reads more like a pickem and if I’m getting points with Peyton Manning I’ll take them gladly.
The Pick: Broncos (+3, if you can wait it should drop to +3.5, though don’t be too surprised if the Broncos win outright)