Contenders, pretenders, quarterbacks and coaching. These are four key words that will be repeated throughout the broadcast of the game Sunday night between the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos. Plenty is on the line with the lead in the AFC West being the biggest prize for the winner.
There isn't a lot of faith in Kansas City over on ESPN. A total of 12-of-13 experts are pegging the Broncos for victory, with only former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson evangelizing the Chiefs. His record in picks this season is 94-53, which ranks him around the middle of the network's analysts.
CBS Sports believe a little more in Alex Smith and the Chiefs, but not by much. Jason LaCanfora and Will Brinson both believe they will win, but they're the only ones. Six are siding with Denver, including picks leader Jamey Eisenberg.
Denver is the unanimous pick over on Fox Sports. All three pundits are picking the Broncos to win in Week 11.
SB Nation's experts are split 4-2 in favor of Denver. Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White believes the Chiefs have what it takes -- an understandable prediction given Kansas City has the NFL's best pass rush.
Ryan Van Bibber is picking the Broncos to win outright, but feels that eight points is far too much to give a talented Chiefs team.
For me, this game's really about what these two defenses can do. Kansas City's ability to maul quarterbacks while taking away any hope a passer has for finding an open man is the key to a Chiefs win. It could also end up telling us just how far either one of these teams can go this season.
Kansas City actually has a better record against the spread, 6-3 versus 5-4. Eight points is just too generous for my liking.
The pick: Chiefs