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Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs: 5 Story Lines For Today’s Game

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5 Storylines for Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs

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Well, the battle for first is finally here.

The Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs meet tonight for the first time this season with first place in the AFC West on the line. The Chiefs are the NFL's only unbeaten team and are coming off of a bye. The Broncos are right behind them at 8-1, with their only loss coming in a close game against the Indianapolis Colts. This game has been covered by almost every sports media and show for days, and now we finally get to see if the game lives up to expectations.

There are many story lines surrounding this game since it was announced that this game was being moved to the Sunday Night Football slot. Injuries, run ins with the law, best offense, best defense, whatever side you look at, there are plenty of them for this game alone. And of course, the biggest question resides -- which team comes out with a win and becomes king of the west for the time being? Well, at least until they meet again two weeks from now.

Here are the five story lines that I believe have been the most talked about leading up to tonight's game. These are the story lines that analyzers, fans and the media have covered for this game. These story lines can also have an impact on the game as well. So, let's see what was the most talked about leading up to the tilt between the Broncos and Chiefs.

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5. Denver Broncos' Offense

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The Broncos' offense has been nothing short of great this season. They are averaging a tad over 41 points every game and have a great future Hall of Fame quarterback in Peyton Manning. Against the Chiefs' defense, which has been a solid bunch, will the Broncos be able to reach their average points scored?

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4. Kansas City Chiefs' Defense

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On the other end of the spectrum is the Chiefs' defense, which has surrendered the fewest points at a little over 12 points. There is no question that the defense will do whatever it takes to get to Manning, but how long will the defense be able to keep up with the Broncos' high octane offense?

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3. Peyton Manning's Injury

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Manning is a hard fighter on and off the field, and he does his absolute best to not let any form of injury slow him down. The quarterback went through neck surgery, and is still playing like a quarterback on a mission. Will the ankle slow down a man who has been through so much? I believe that the offensive line will have to step up in order to keep Manning off his back and to keep from something worst.

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2. Dwayne Bowe's Off the Field Issue

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Dwayne Bowe has a run into the law for possession of marijuana during the Chiefs' bye week, but there was not even a team suspension, and he is expected to suit up tonight. Some fans are calling foul play because of the situation, and that it is not fair that no discipline was given. This will not make a huge impact, but the question is, was the right move made in not handing down any form of discipline?

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1. Special Teams

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With how solid both offense and defense for teams have been, this game could come down to the team's special teams. Dexter McCluster and Trindon Holliday might have to make some plays during punt and kick returns to help their respective teams pull away, or to make that difference on the scoreboard. Which team will make the difference when offense and defense are trading blows?