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Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs Will Determine AFC West Winner

Isaiah Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos blew a four-score lead. The Kansas City Chiefs were upset in a shootout to their division rival. Now round two will settle it all.

With the Broncos and Chiefs losing in Week 12, the stage is now set for a showdown in Arrowhead as these two teams go head-to-head on Sunday. Both teams are also dealing with huge injuries that could shape the outcome of the game itself. The Chiefs lost their two pass-rushing defensive linemen in Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, and it is uncertain as of now if they will be able to suit up for this game.

As for the Broncos, the cornerbacks continue to get hurt as Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie went down with a shoulder injury and Knowshon Moreno left the game in a boot and crutches in what they believe is an ankle injury. It looks like the winner of this game will be whose players can bounce back from the injuries the most and who can start.

I believe the winner of this game will be awarded the AFC West division. With Denver still one game up on the Chiefs due to the tiebreaker that they have, a Broncos win would be devastating for a Chiefs team, and their only hope would be to catch up and hope they get help. Since the loss would give the Chiefs three divisional losses to none for the Broncos, it would all but nearly put a nail in KC’s coffin and for the Broncos to win the West.

A Broncos loss may not be the end of the world, but it could hurt their chances for home-field advantage.

This has become a must-win for both teams, but more for the Broncos. They need to prove that they can win on the road in a tough environment, and what better place to prove that then in one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL? This is their chance to show the world that they can win on the road. The last thing the Broncos need are critics doubting their chances of going further than last year — they need to prove that they are still an elite team on a mission.

Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.