On September 17th, the Broncos and Chiefs will meet for their 111th game. The Chiefs have more overall wins, but how will the Broncos fare this year?
On September 17th, the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs will meet at Arrowhead Stadium for their 111th game. Since their first meeting on October 30th, 1960, this longtime rivalry has been keeping fans on the edge of their seats for more than 55 years.
Though other rivalries like the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers gain significant media and fan attention, the Broncos’ rivalry with the Chiefs is one of the deepest, yet also most overlooked. In fact, one of the greatest moments in Bronco history happened with the Chiefs in the divisional round of the 1997 playoffs.
Down just four points at the Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs had a decent shot at taking a home another win against the Broncos. However, with minutes left in the game and the clock ticking down, Broncos cornerback Darrien Gordon deflected a pass by Chiefs’ quarterback Elvis Grbac in the end zone – sending Denver to the AFC Championship game in Pittsburg.
This ’97 game and several others like it have spurred the rivalry between the two western teams. And while the Kansas City Chiefs have won 56 out of the 110 games played, the 2015-2016 Season holds the opportunity for Denver to emerge victorious.
The last time the Broncos lost to the Chiefs was on January 1st, 2012 – nearly four years ago. Since then, Denver has won every game by an 8.8-point average. And though the Broncos have a reputation for struggling against both the bitter cold and crowd conditions that come with playing at Arrowhead Stadium, the upcoming game on September 17th offers the Bronco’s the opportunity to leave the past, in the past.
With the Broncos significantly leading the Chiefs in both Total Yards Per Game and Passing Yards Per Game, Denver has a promising chance of continuing their four-year winning streak against Kansas City this season.
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has dominated Chiefs’ quarterback Alex Smith by nearly 100 completed passes, and Chiefs’ running back Jamaal Charles has rushed nearly 184 yards more than C.J. Anderson of the Broncos. Despite what the upcoming season has in store, there is no doubt that both teams are gearing up for yet another season of close rivalry games.