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The Chiefs' season is long over, but the Broncos are playing for a first-round bye in Week 17.
The Denver Broncos are winners of 10 straight and with a win on Sunday, can clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs and possibly even home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The Kansas City Chiefs have not won consecutive games all season and will earn the first overall pick in he NFL Draft with a loss on Sunday.
There isn't a lot that the Broncos and Chiefs have in common, namely because one team is good and the other barely qualifies as professional.
A look at the two teams' quarterbacks sums up the difference between the two teams. Denver turns to a resurgent future Hall of Famer and MVP candidate, Peyton Manning, who has helped lead the Broncos' turnaround. Meanwhile Brady Quinn leads Kansas City, or does Matt Cassel? Does it really matter?
Somehow, the Chiefs gave the Broncos a tough game last month at Arrowhead Stadium, where Kansas City held a second-half lead before Manning brought Denver back to win 17-9. That seems unlikely to happen again, this time with the game in Denver and the Chiefs actually benefiting by losing.
Denver isn't just on a 10-game win streak, they are absolutely crushing teams. Their last three wins are by a combined 52 points, a run that has seen them push their points per game to 29.5, second in the NFL.
Right now, nobody is flying higher than the Broncos, and they intend to take that fine form into the divisional round of the playoffs at Sports Authority Field. By the time that rolls around the Chiefs will be hard at work identifying who they will select first in the draft. Not so much in common, is there?
Game Date/Time: Sunday, December 30; 3:25 p.m. CT
Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO
TV Schedule: CBS
TV Distribution Map: The506.com
Radio Schedule: Kansas City - 101.1 FM; Denver - 850 AM