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Here is who national experts are predicting to win Chiefs-Broncos game

Regardless of the outcome of Thursday night’s game in Denver, the Chiefs’ season won’t be determined by whether they win or lose.

But it could determine the mood for Chiefs fans over the next 10 days.

Following Thursday’s game against the Broncos, 2-4, the Chiefs won’t play again until Oct. 27 when the Packers come to Arrowhead Stadium.

The good news is most people who cover the NFL and made picks this week think the Chiefs, 4-2, will get back to their winning ways after losing two straight.

Fifty experts from around the nation made picks for the game, which kicks off at 7:20 p.m. and will be shown on Fox (Ch. 4), the NFL Network and Amazon. Thirty-one picked the Chiefs to win.

Here is what they are saying about the game:

Gregg Rosenthal of predicted a 27-26 win for the Chiefs. This is an excerpt of what he wrote: “If the Broncos lose to the Chiefs, they’ll fall to 2-5, and John Elway could start selling off players like Emmanuel Sanders, Chris Harris and Derek Wolfe. It could be the last time the home crowd sees this proud trio of 2015 champions, because this is the type of game in which an MVP like Patrick Mahomes doesn’t allow his team to lose, even when it’s down five starters.”

Five of eight CBS Sports writers predicted a Chiefs win: Pete Prisco, Jared Dubin, Ryan Wilson, John Breech and Jamey Eisenberg. Going with the Broncos: Jason La Canfora, Will Brinson and Dave Richard. Prisco predicted a Chiefs 27-20 win. Here is an excerpt of what Prisco wrote about the Chiefs: “The defense is terrible. Denver’s defense is not. But I think this is the game Patrick Mahomes gets back on track. Chiefs win a big AFC West game.”

Tadd Haislop of the Sporting News sees a 24-20 Chiefs win. This is part of what he wrote: “The short week is inconvenient for two teams dealing with injuries, including Patrick Mahomes’ bum ankle, and this is a tough matchup for Kansas City against Denver’s fourth-ranked pass defense in terms of yards allowed. However, with Tyreek Hill back in the mix, Mahomes will find him for a few big plays, and the Chiefs’ rushing attack will do just enough in a close game.”

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio and Michael David Smith were split. Smith predicted the Chiefs would win 30-20. This is an excerpt of what he wrote: “This game looks a lot more competitive now than it would have looked a couple weeks ago. But I do believe the Chiefs will snap their two-game losing streak and get an important division road win..” Florio sees a 24-23 Broncos win. He wrote: “If they can control the clock and keep the K.C. offense on the sideline, Denver can continue to reverse that ugly early-season slide.”

Eight of the nine experts at ESPN are picking the Chiefs: Mike Clay, Mike Golic, Dan Graziano, Jason Reid, Matt Bowen, Mina Kimes, Kevin Seifert and Trey Wingo. The pick for Denver came from Seth Wickersham.

All but one of the eight Pro Focus Football writers predicted a Chiefs victory: Neil Hornsby, Steve Palazzolo, Bruce Gradkowski, Solomon Wilcots, Jeff Ratcliffe, Sam Monson and Austin Gayle. The lone pick for the Broncos: Nathan Jahnke.

The seven writers from USA Today all picked the Chiefs: Jarrett Bell (27-23 final score), Jori Epstein (28-20), Mike Middlehurst-Schwartz (28-14), Nate Davis (23-20), Lorenzo Reyes (30-23), Tom Schad (27-13) and Mike Jones (28-26).

Each of the eight SB Nation writers are picking the Chiefs: James Brady, Christian D’Andrea, Sarah Hardy, Morgan Moriarty, Adam Stites, Geoff Schwartz, Stephen White and Jason Marcum.

Five of the six of Sports Illustrated Monday Morning Quarterback writers picked the Chiefs: Andrew Brandt, Mitch Goldich, Bette Marston, Jenny Vrentas and Conor Orr. The pick for Denver: Kalyn Kahler.

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From covering the World Series to the World Cup, Pete has done a little bit of everything since joining The Star in 1997. He writes about baseball and has a quirky blog that augments The Star’s coverage of area teams.