The Kansas City Chiefs are feeling good about themselves after prevailing in a wild 30-27 overtime win over the Broncos in Denver last Sunday night, leaving them in sole possession of the AFC’s first Wild Card spot for now and still very much in control of their own destiny in the tight AFC West. They have a chance to claim the division crown and a playoff bye.
Justin Houston was a one-man wrecking crew in his second game back from a serious 2015 knee injury with 10 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and a forced fumble.
But the Chiefs are going to have to prove themselves all over again this week as they travel to Atlanta where the Falcons are coming off a solid 38-19 thumping of the Arizona Cardinals and looking to solidify their hold on the NFC South. At 7-4, they still lead the Bucs by just one game.
The Falcons' offense has been as impressive as any in the league this year, while the Chiefs can struggle to score points at times but their defense is a stern test for any team in the league.
KC 27TH OFF; ATL 27TH DEF
KC 23RD RUN; ATL 10TH vs. RUN
KC 23RD PASS; ATL 32ND vs. PASS
KC 16TH PTS; ATL 28TH PTS ALLOWED
ATL 3RD OFF; KC 28TH DEF
ATL 15TH RUN; KC 29TH vs. RUN
ATL 3RD PASS; KC 20TH vs. PASS
ATL 1ST PTS; KC 8TH PTS ALLOWED
KC 1ST TO/TA; ATL T10TH TO-TA
CHIEFS remain right on Raiders’ tail in AFC West following laborious 30-27 Sunday-night road win in Week 12 on PK Cairo Santos’ 34-yard FG as OT period expired.
CHIEFS are ranked only 27 th in total offense (328.3 ypg), 28 th in total defense (381.9 ypg) and 29 th in run defense (121.4 ypg), but they lead league with plus-14 turnover potential and are ranked 8 th in points allowed (19.5 ppg).
CHIEFS lead league in both INTS (13) and takeaways (24) and are tied for league lead with 11 FRs.
CHIEFS beat Broncos in Week 12 despite being outgained 464-273.
CHIEFS managed only 49 yards in first half of Week 12 win, but they led 9-3, thanks to a safety and WR-RS Tyreek Hill’s 89-yard return for a TD on ensuing free kick.
CHIEFS ’ Hill was instrumental in Week 12 win, becoming first player since Gale Sayers in 1965 to score TDs on a reception, a rush and a return.
CHIEFS TE Travis Kelce had 8-101 receiving on 15 targets in Week 12 win.
CHIEFS had only 26-83 rushing Week 12 win, led by Spencer Ware with 17-64.
CHIEFS registered five sacks in Week 12 win, but they allowed 6 sacks.
CHIEFS OLB Justin Houston was a major force in Week 12 win with a team-leading 10 tackles, 3 sacks, 4 TFLs and a FF.
CHIEFS CB Phillip Gaines got burned on Broncos WR Bennie Fowler’s 76-yard TD catch in Week 12 win.
Check status of CHIEFS WR Jeremy Maclin (missed last 3 games with groin injury), OLB Dee Ford (hamstring; DNP in Week 12) and DT Jay Howard (missed last 2 games with hip injury).
FALCONS remained atop the NFC South, as well as the NFL’s highest-scoring team (32.6 ppg), following their 38-19 home victory over Cardinals and their top-ranked defense in Week 12.
FALCONS QB Matt Ryan completed 8 passes to 8 different players, led by WR Mohamed Sanu with team-leading 8 catches for 65 yards.
FALCONS WR Taylor Gabriel was a major force for offense that gained 360 yards with a pair of TDs on screen passes (4-75-2) in Week 12 win.
FALCONS star WR Julio Jones was limited to 4-35 receiving, but he drew a pair of pass-interference calls that helped set up 10 points in Week 12 win.
FALCONS RB Devonta Freeman had 16-60-2 rushing in Week 12 win.
Besides Jones, FALCONS have 7 other players with double-figure receptions this season (6 with multiple TD catches).
Chiefs will be trying to exploit FALCONS ’ 32 nd -ranked pass defense (282.2 ypg) that allowed 289 passing yards in Week 12 win.
FALCONS CB Jalen Collins had 6 tackles, 1 TFL and 3 PBs in Week 12 win over Cardinals.