Kansas City shouldn’t have a problem against a team that has dominated in the last 11 meetings
Just over a month ago, when the Kansas City Chiefs were 3-4, the fledgling dynasty was in question and Patrick Mahomes’ multi-million dollar contract was in question. It’s amazing what four wins in a row can do for a team in the NFL.
The best news for Kansas City (7-4) It is not in yesterday’s newspaper, but in tomorrow’s edition. A Sunday night matchup at home to the Denver Broncos (5-6) who have lost their last 11 meetings to the Chiefs and on his last five visits to the Arrowhead.
“We are better than recent Broncos teams,” said the coach. Vic Fangio. “We have a better team.”
On the one hand, Fangio is right. The Broncos they have won three of their last four games – two of them against teams with a favorable winning record – to get into the playoff contention. Fangio has finally put his stamp on a defense that has conceded fewer than 17 points in seven of 11 games this season and is third-best of the season as a result. NFL.
They will need it before a Mahomes who has never seen a team of Denver that I cannot defeat. He has nine touchdown passes, two interceptions and 112.9 rating points in his last five games against the Broncos.
But, to the surprise of many, neither Mahomes nor the offense are the reason why Kansas city he is back at the top of the division and in prime position with three straight division games after his bye week. The one responsible for that transformation is a defense that has conceded just 12.8 points per game in its last six games after conceding 32.6 in the first five games of the year.
That defensive of Kansas city he will have to raise his hand against some Broncos who base their offensive action on the running game. Denver they are 4-0 this season when they collectively collect 120 rushing yards. An efficient formula to consume the clock and keep an intense defense fresh.
RAVENS (8-3) at PITTSBURGH (5-5-1)
The horizon is full of dark clouds for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they try to stop a three-game winless streak. Not only has their defense collapsed with 41 points against in each of the last two games, but they will try to curb their bad moment against the first seed in the American Conference.
What has become one of the rivalries par excellence of the NFL comes Sunday as a lopsided duel at Heinz Field. The Baltimore Ravens’ visit is the start of a brutal stretch of the schedule for Pittsburgh, which will face teams that went to the postseason last year in five of its last six games.
The Ravens, of course, are one of them. And this year they are set to repeat the feat armed with Lamar Jackson, a dramatically improving defense and a powerful running game – the second-best in the entire NFL. This last aspect is particularly worrisome for a Steelers defense that has allowed at least 100 yards rushing in six of its last seven games and may not be counting on all-star TJ Watt due to protocols of COVID-19.
Despite the fact that these teams meet at diametrically opposite moments, nothing is written when it comes to Ravens and Steelers. Sunday’s game will be the 30th meeting between the coaches Mike tomlin and John harbaugh. The record between them? 15-14 in favor of Tomlin.
In that span, 18 of those 29 meetings have been decided by six points or less, and while Pittsburgh has won the last two of the series, Baltimore comes into the game with extensive experience this season in dramatic games, going 3-1. in duels defined by points on the last play.