FBG says: Neutral matchup. While Drew Lock got off to a relatively shaky start in his first career NFL game, he put up a gem of a performance last week against Houston--finishing with 309 passing yards and three touchdowns while completing 81.5 percent of his pass attempts. He completed seven pass attempts of 20 or more yards and was not afraid to push the ball downfield. However, Fant did focus heavily on his tight ends as both Noah Fant and Jeff Heuerman scored touchdowns while the top receiving option for Denver, Courtland Sutton, finished with just 34 yards despite a team-leading five receptions from seven targets. Sutton rightfully received a ton of attention in coverage last week, and more of the same can be expected in this one as no Chiefs cornerback has the ability to cover him effectively without some help. With the added defensive focus on Sutton, more opportunities may open up for Tim Patrick and the Broncos tight ends. Noah Fant did leave last week's game in the second half with a foot injury, so keep an eye on his status coming into this week as the upside for Jeff Heuerman would increase should Fant be sidelined.
The Chiefs pass defense continues to play well as they have held opposing quarterback to fewer than 230 yards in four of their last five games, including games against Kirk Cousins and Tom Brady. The past three weeks have been even more impressive for this secondary, as they have given up just three passing touchdowns while notching seven interceptions. Charvarious Ward has been their top individual cornerback, and he should draw most snaps against Tim Patrick this week--making for a more difficult matchup for Patrick. Bashaud Breeland has played better in recent weeks, but he has been susceptible in man coverage and, if not offered help from these Denver safeties, Breeland will create an opportunity for Courtland Sutton--who had six receptions for 87 yards in their last matchup. Chiefs linebackers have struggled to contain running backs though, as this team has allowed the most passing yards per game (61) to opposing running backs on the season. The Chiefs pass rush has been more consistent in recent weeks now that Chris Jones is back on the field, and they racked up a season-high nine sacks last time against the Broncos struggling offensive line. Putting pressure on a rookie quarterback is always a great game plan, and the Chiefs will likely do just that--especially if they can hop out to an early lead.