The Broncos will take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 2:30 p.m. MT.
Against quarterback Patrick Mahomes, tight end Travis Kelce, wide receiver Tyreek Hill and the rest of Kansas City's offense, the spotlight in this matchup has always fallen on Denver's defense. The secondary has always been tested by how Mahomes extends plays, but in recent years, it has provided one of his most difficult challenges. Down starting cornerbacks Pat Surtain II and Ronald Darby, the group will have its work cut out for it. Denver will regain several playmakers like outside linebacker Bradley Chubb from the Reserve/COVID-19 list after they missed last week's game, and his effort could go a long way in the absence of several of the secondary's top players.
Denver's offense will need to be more productive than it's been recently, though. The Broncos have scored 13 or fewer points in four of their last five games, starting with a nine-point output against Kansas City in Week 13. Quarterback Drew Lock, making his third start with Teddy Bridgewater out, will look to lead that effort. He's yet to turn the ball over as the starter, but the offense has struggled in the red zone to score points. Denver's rushing attack, led by running backs Melvin Gordon III and Javonte Williams, will also aim to bounce back from a two-week span with a total of 101 yards on the ground.
Earlier in the week, the team placed Bridgewater, guard Dalton Risner and safety Kareem Jackson on injured reserve, and on Friday, Head Coach Vic Fangio ruled out Darby (shoulder) and Surtain (calf). The team also listed four players as questionable: defensive end Shelby Harris (ankle/illness), Nate Hairston (illness) and kicker Brandon McManus and punter Sam Martin, who are currently on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
The Chiefs, meanwhile, ruled out tackle Lucas Niang (knee) and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder).
The full week's injury report can be viewed here.
WATCH ON TV: ESPN
Play-by-Play: Chris Fowler
Analyst: Kirk Herbstreit
Sideline: Laura Rutledge
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Play-by-Play: Ryan Radtke
Analyst: Terrell Davis
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Play-by-Play: Dave Logan
Analyst: Rick Lewis
Sideline: Susie Wargin
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