Chiefs vs. Broncos: 10 Stats to Know

Here are some numbers to keep in mind for Monday night, presented by DraftKings

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The Kansas City Chiefs (5-2) host the Denver Broncos (3-3) in a key AFC West divisional matchup Monday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

Both teams have lost two straight and are coming off tough losses to divisional opponents.

The Chiefs fell 31-30 on the road to the Oakland Raiders on a last-second touchdown pass from Derek Carr to Michael Crabtree, while the Broncos were shut out on the road by the Los Angeles Chargers 21-0. It was the first time they've been held scoreless in almost 25 years.

It's a game that will undoubtedly have major ramifications as we approach the second half of the season and playoff positioning.

Here are 10 stats to know for Chiefs-Broncos Monday night, presented by DraftKings:

1. Chiefs are streaking against the Broncos

Chiefs coach Andy Reid dropped his first five games to the Broncos after coming over from the Philadelphia Eagles before the 2013 season, but he's turned it around recently as the Chiefs are currently in the midst of a three-game winning streak against them, due in large part to the offense.

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It's even more impressive because the Broncos are led by their defense, which has been outstanding over the past few years—allowing an average of just 18.7 points per game since 2015—third-best in the NFL over that time.

But over that same time, the Chiefs have averaged 29 points against them—finding success when most others couldn't.

In fact, the Chiefs are responsible for three of the five games in which the Broncos have allowed 29 or more points the last two years.

2. The Chiefs offense ranks among best in the NFL

The Chiefs currently rank second in the league in both yards per game (394.2), and points per game (29.6).

On the flipside, the Broncos rank first in fewest yards allowed per game (258.5), and seventh in points per game (19.7).

3. Alex Smith is on pace to break every record of his 13-year career

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**These are Smith's best seasons to-date in different statistical categories during his 13-year NFL career, along with his current pace:

Completion percentage – 70.2 percent (SF, 2012)
2017 pace: 72.4 percent (NFL record)

Yards – 3,502 (KC, 2016)
2017 pace: 4,523 (Chiefs' franchise record – 4,523, Trent Green, 2004)

Yards per attempt – 7.97 (SF, 2012)
2017 pace: 8.68 (Chiefs' franchise record – 9.42, Len Dawson, 1968)

Touchdowns – 23 (KC, 2013)
2017 pace – 34.2 (Chiefs' franchise record – 30, Len Dawson, 1964)

Rating – 104.1 (SF, 2012)
2017 pace: 120.5 (Chiefs' franchise record – 101.9, Len Dawson, 1966)


Also, Smith leads the NFL in passer rating on balls that travel at least 21 yards in the air down the field at 140.9.

4. Von Miller is a beast amongst men

Since entering the league in 2011, Broncos' All-Pro pass rusher Von Miller leads the NFL in sacks with 80.5, which have come in 94 career games.

Miller has 11.5 sacks in 12 games against the Chiefs.

5. Kareem Hunt continues to lead the league in rushing

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Hunt has carried the ball 124 times for a league-leading 717 yards and four touchdowns, and much of that success has to do with his ability to make guys miss.

According to Pro Football Focus, Hunt has 37 forced missed tackles in the first seven games of his career, which not only leads the league, but is also a ridiculous pace.

No running back over the past two years has finished with as many as 60 forced missed tackles in a season, and Hunt is on pace for 85.

The Chiefs lead the NFL in rushing plays of 20-plus yards with 10, while the NFL average is four.

6. Broncos have struggled to protect quarterback Trevor Siemian

Siemian has been sacked 22 times already this season, which ranks as third-most in the NFL.

7. Tyreek Hill is making big plays—shocker

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Hill currently ranks fifth in the league with 36 receptions for 515 yards and three touchdowns.

In fact, the Chiefs are the only team in the NFL with their quarterback (Smith), running back (Hunt), and receiver (Hill), all ranked in the top 5 in the league in yards in their respective areas. 

8. Mitch Schwartz now has the NFL's longest current snaps played streak

After the unfortunate season-ending triceps injury to the future Hall of Fame left tackle of the Cleveland Browns, Joe Thomas, who had played more than 10,000 consecutive snaps in his career before last Sunday, the NFL's new leader in that category is Chiefs' right tackle Mitch Schwartz.

Schwartz, who is friends with Thomas and spent the first four years of his career playing with him in Cleveland, has currently played 6,043 consecutive snaps. He hasn't missed one in five-plus NFL seasons.

9. Chiefs aren't giving it away

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Outside of the first offensive snap of the season, which resulted in a lost fumble by Hunt against the New England Patriots, the Chiefs haven't turned it over this season.

Their one giveaway ranks first in the league.

Overall, the Chiefs are plus-7 in turnover differential, which ranks third in the league behind the Buffalo Bills (plus-10), and Jacksonville Jaguars (plus-8).

10. Chiefs lead the league in goal-to-go scoring

The Chiefs have had eight drives this year that consisted of goal-to-go situations, and they've scored touchdowns on all eight of those drives.

Along with the Cincinnati Bengals, who are 5 for 5 in the same situation, the Chiefs lead the league in that area.

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