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When the Bron­cos run

For one half last Sun­day, it ap­peared Den­ver had found a boost to its run­ning game. Justin Forsett, who made his first start with the Bron­cos, had 34 yards rush­ing on eight car­ries by half­time. But he rushed for only 3 yards in the se­cond half, and the Bron­cos fin­ished with a to­tal of just 58. C.J. An­der­son (knee in­jury) won’t be back this sea­son. In a rainy, windy game, Den­ver needs to rev its ground game. The Chiefs have the NFL’s fifth-worst rush­ing de­fense. Edge: Even

When the Chiefs run

Spencer Ware ap­pears to have hit a wall in his first year as the Chiefs’ lead run­ning back. Kansas City’s run­ning game is bet­ter (23rd) than the Bron­cos’ run­ning game (27th), but not by much. Quar­ter­back Alex Smith and wide re­ceiver Tyreek Hill are also threats in the run­ning game against Den­ver’s heavy man-toman pass cover­age. Look for the Chiefs to fre­quently pound the ball. Edge: Chiefs

When the Bron­cos pass

Trevor Siemian has thrown for more than 255 yards in each of his last six starts; his pass­ing has be­come the fo­cal point of the Bron­cos’ of­fense. Den­ver is only 2-4 in that span, and its of­fen­sive strug­gles have more to do with the ab­sence of a run game than with Siemian’s pass­ing. Den­ver’s of­fen­sive line strug­gled to give Siemian time to throw in the last matchup of these teams. Pro Bowl cor­ner­back Mar­cus Peters is a play­maker to watch in the Chiefs’ se­condary. Edge: Chiefs

When the Chiefs pass

Bron­cos de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Wade Phillips said this is the best se­condary he’s ever coached. They have the NFL’s top-ranked unit, giv­ing up just 183 yards pass­ing per game. This week, though, the Bron­cos’ de­fense is de­pleted, with safety T.J. Ward out with a con­cus­sion, line­backer Bran­don Mar­shall still side­lined and de­fen­sive end Derek Wolfe fight­ing an ill­ness. Tight end Travis Kelce is the Chiefs’ best re­ceiv­ing threat. Edge: Bron­cos

Bron­cos run­ning back Justin Forsett gal­lops past Pa­tri­ots line­backer Dont’a Hightower last Sun­day in Den­ver. Forsett fin­ished with 37 yards on 10 car­ries in a 16-3 loss. Den­ver’s ground game has been sput­ter­ing for weeks. John Leyba, The Den­ver Post

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