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Broncos biggest favorites of Week Two, but will Chiefs put up a fight?

Peyton Manning, Alex Smith

Peyton Manning, Alex Smith


As you would expect, the Broncos are favored over the visiting Chiefs on Sunday. In fact, no team is a bigger favorite on the Week Two card.

The Broncos, who are laying 12.5 points vs. Kansas City, are the only double-digit favorites of the week. The only other club favored by more than a touchdown is Green Bay, which is laying eight points against the Jets.

This is the 45th time a Peyton Manning-led club has been a favorite of 10 points or more in regular season or postseason play, according to the Spreadapedia database. And Manning’s teams usually get the job done in such spots, per Spreadapedia data.

Overall, Manning-led clubs are 39-5 straight-up as double-digit favorites since 1998 (88.6 percent). That’s a better rate than the rest of the league, which is 375-77-1 (83.0 percent).

Since 2012, the Broncos are 11-1 straight-up (91.7 percent) and 8-4 against the spread (66.7 percent) as double-digit favorites, compared to 47-7-1 SU (87.0 percent) and 26-28-1 ATS (48.1 percent) for the other 31 teams.

In Indianapolis, Manning’s clubs covered at a 50 percent rate as double-digit favorites (16-16), compared to a 44.9 percent mark for the rest of the league in the years of 1998-2010 (172-215-11). The Colts also won at a higher rate as favorites of 10-plus points (28-4, 87.5 percent) than the remainder of the NFL in this span (328-70, 82.4 percent).

While these historical trends perhaps reflect well on Denver’s chances Sunday, underdog Kansas City also may have a strong angle in its corner. After all, Andy Reid-coached teams are 6-1 against the spread as underdogs of 10 points or more in his career, according to Spreadapedia. However, they have won just one of those seven games.