NFL Research takes a look at some key facts and stats to prepare for the Chiefs-Broncos matchup on Sunday night. Entering Week 12, these teams hold both of the Wild Card spots in the AFC.
Game time: Sunday, November 27 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Game location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Season series: These teams haven't played yet in 2016. They play on Sunday and on Christmas Day in Kansas City (Week 16).
Game facts: Kansas City Chiefs
(UPDATE: Ford was officially ruled OUT on Friday, while Peters was ruled QUESTIONABLE)
Leaders of the takeaway: Kansas City's defense has forced 23 turnovers this season (most in the NFL).
Defining stat: The Chiefs are 7-0 when they have one or zero turnovers on offense. Conversely, Kansas City is 0-3 when it has multiple giveaways.
Next Gen Stat: Alex Smith has the quickest pass release time (2.38 seconds) and 2nd-shortest average pass distance (5.6 air yards per attempt) in the NFL.
Smith slumping: In his first seven games this year, Alex Smith had a 94.3 passer rating. In his last two games, Smith has posted an 80.5 rating.
Offense struggling: In the last three weeks, Kansas City has averaged 18.7 points per game and 276.7 yards per game.
Game facts: Denver Broncos
No-fly zone: Denver's defense has allowed a 71.0 passer rating to opposing QBs this year (1st in NFL).
Mind-blowing stat: Denver averages 8.1 QB hits per game this season, which is the highest such average since QB hits became an official stat in 2000.
Achilles heel on defense: The Broncos defense has allowed a league-worst 476 passing yards to tight ends and running backs lined up in the slot, per Next Gen Stats.
Siemian slumping: In his first four games this year, Trevor Siemian had a 4-0 record and a 99.6 passer rating. In his last five starts, Siemian has a 3-2 record and a 77.2 rating.
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