Quick Take: Broncos (3-5) at Chiefs (4-4)

Last meeting
The host Chiefs won an emotional 19-10 game as owner Lamar Hunt listened to the game from his hospital bed on Nov. 23, 2006. A Thanksgiving home game had long been the desire of Hunt, who died three weeks later.

The Chiefs have won three of the past five games, including the last four in Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs lead the all-time series 52-41.

Last week
The Broncos lost quarterback Jay Cutler to a leg bruise and were never able to move the ball under backup Patrick Ramsey in a humbling 44-7 loss to the Lions. The Chiefs battled the Packers tough as the lead changed hands seven times. But a late interception cost host Kansas City, which fell, 33-22, losing the game as well as RB Larry Johnson to a foot injury.

At stake
The top three teams in the AFC West are separated by only one game. In a division that could be decided by tiebreakers, head-to-head and records within the division become crucial.

Key matchup
Broncos left tackle Matt Lepsis vs. Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen. The Packers and left tackle Chad Clifton did a good job of neutralizing Allen, the AFC sack leader (holding him to half a sack), which gave Brett Favre time to pick apart the Chiefs' secondary. Lepsis, who missed 10 games last season with a knee injury, will need to replicate that effort, especially if Cutler's mobility is hampered by the injury or if the Broncos are forced to start Ramsey.

Did you know?
The Broncos are next to last in point differential this season (minus-101), in front of St. Louis (minus-120). Yet, the Broncos are a game out of first place, while St. Louis is 0-8. ... The Chiefs are 3-0 vs. the AFC West at home under coach Herm Edwards.

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