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Denver wins Broncos-Chiefs, Part I

As expected, the host Denver Broncos topped the Kansas City Chiefs in the first of their two meetings in three weeks. And it wasn't all that close. Sure, an ailing Peyton Manning threw "only" one touchdown pass (his first 2013 game with fewer than two). But the Broncos weren't too troubled in handing K.C. its first loss of the season, even with Wes Welker leaving with a possible head injury. What to make of Sunday night's result?

What is your pick for Super Bowl champion?

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  • How many games will the Broncos (9-1) win this season?

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  • How many games will the Chiefs (9-1) win this season?

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  • What chance do the Chiefs have of reaching the Super Bowl?

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  • The Broncos need to average 31.8 points per game the rest of the way to break the Patriots' single-season record of 589. Will they?

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  • Peyton Manning needs 17 TD passes in the final six games to break Tom Brady's single-season record of 50. Will he?

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  • Which best reflects your view of the Broncos' standing in the AFC West?

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  • Which team will win when these teams meet on Dec. 1 in Kansas City?

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  • How much will Peyton Manning's lingering ankle injury affect the Broncos going forward?

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NFL Week 11: Chiefs at Broncos

Here we go. It's not the undefeated matchup we hoped for a few weeks ago, but it's still a battle between two of the NFL's best teams, record-wise, both of whom happen to be in the same division. Can the Kansas City Chiefs' stifling and opportunistic defense cancel out the Denver Broncos' potentially historic offense? Just how much will Peyton Manning's ankle injury affect Denver? We'll find out soon enough ...

  • Which team will win Sunday night's game in Denver?

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  • Which team will win the AFC West?

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  • Are the Chiefs legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

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  • How worried should Broncos fans be about Peyton Manning's ankle injury?

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  • How much will Peyton Manning's ankle injury affect the Broncos on Sunday night?

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  • The Chiefs and Broncos meet twice in the next three weeks. How will these meetings play out?

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  • Which is more likely?

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  • What do you make of the Chiefs' decision to start Dwayne Bowe on Sunday despite his arrest?

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AFC playoff race heating up

Six AFC teams end Week 10 within one game of the second wild-card spot. Two -- the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns -- are clawing ever closer to the top of the AFC North, whose leader (the Cincinnati Bengals) lost its second straight game Sunday and its defensive leader last Thursday. In other words, intrigue abounds in the season's final seven weeks.

  • If the AFC's top five teams (Chiefs, Broncos, Patriots, Colts, Bengals) all reach the playoffs, which team will grab the other slot?

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  • Which team will win the AFC?

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  • Will the AFC's current top five teams (Kansas City, Denver, New England, Indianapolis and Cincinnati) all make the playoffs?

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  • Which of the AFC's current top five is in the most danger of missing the playoffs?

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  • Which team will win the AFC West?

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  • Will the Bengals (6-4, 1.5 games up on Browns and Ravens) win the AFC North?

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Just how good are the Chiefs?

It is certain: The Kansas City Chiefs will take an undefeated record to Denver on Nov. 17. This is thanks to a ninth straight win to start the season, earned Sunday at the Buffalo Bills in a 23-13 decision that featured no offensive touchdowns for the Chiefs. That'll happen when your defense reaches the end zone twice. So here's the question: Is the league's last unbeaten really that good? Its defense is dominant, sure. But when your quarterback averages 4.3 yards per pass, there's reason to worry -- especially with tough matchups coming up.

  • Are the Chiefs (9-0) legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

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  • How many games will the Chiefs (9-0) win this season?

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  • What is the Chiefs' bigger worry going forward?

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  • Is Andy Reid an elite NFL head coach?

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  • Which unit is better?

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  • Which team will win Nov. 17 at Denver?

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Broncos & Chiefs -- which loses first?

Raise your hand if you had this one: The NFL's remaining two undefeated teams hail from the AFC West, and one of them drafted No. 1 overall in April. Oh, put your hands down. Surely no one saw the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs as the last teams to lose in 2013. But here they are, 6-0 despite some struggles Sunday, with K.C. topping the Oakland Raiders 24-7, the Broncos winning -- but not covering -- against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the New Orleans Saints finally falling thanks to a last-minute Tom Brady touchdown. So now we ask: Which team loses first?

  • The Broncos play Indianapolis (A), Washington (H) and San Diego (A) before their Nov. 17 home date with the Chiefs. Will they enter that game unbeaten?

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  • The Chiefs play the Texans (H), Browns (H) and Bills (A) before their Nov. 17 trip to Denver. Will they enter that game unbeaten?

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  • Which team will be the first to lose?

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  • How worried should Broncos fans be about their team's struggles early Sunday, only leading 14-12 at halftime versus Jacksonville?

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  • How worried should Chiefs fans be about their team's sluggish start versus the Raiders (7-7 at halftime) in their 24-7 win?

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  • Which unit is better?

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  • How much will Von Miller's return from suspension help the Broncos' defense?

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  • How many games will the Broncos win this season?

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  • How many games will the Chiefs win this season?

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  • Which team will win the AFC West?

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