The AFC North and AFC West are battling to see which division can have the biggest logjam of teams with .500 or better records.
Currently, the AFC West is winning it. All four of the teams in their division currently have winning records and the first-place team is separated from the last-place team by just one game.
AFC West Standings
The uncertain nature of this divisional race will make Week 13’s “Sunday Night Football” matchup all the more interesting.
Two of the AFC West teams are do battle on national television after their battle was flexed from the Sunday afternoon slot to the night slot. The first-place Chiefs will have to stave off competition from the third-place Broncos if they want to continue to lead the division — or better yet, extend their advantage over the other teams in the division.
Kansas City was favored to win the division before the season and has recently shaken off a cold start to climb up in the standings. Can they continue their rise? Or will the Broncos — who opened as 10-point underdogs — make a game out of this?
Below is more about the Week 13 matchup, plus everything to know about how to watch “Sunday Night Football.”
Who plays on ‘Sunday Night Football’ tonight?
- Matchup: Broncos at Chiefs
- Location: Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
The Broncos (6-5) are traveling to Kansas City to face the Chiefs (7-4) in a game that will decide whether the Chiefs will stay in first place in the packed AFC West.
All four teams in the AFC West are currently 6-5 or better. The Chiefs hold a slim, one-game lead on the Broncos, Chargers and Raiders but will hope to knock Denver down a peg this week. The Chiefs are coming off a bye and Andy Reid holds a 19-3 career record after a week off. So, that would seemingly give the Chiefs a massive edge in this game.
The Chiefs have won four games in a row. Their offense has still meandered along at times, but the team’s defense has been excellent of late. Moving Chris Jones back to defensive tackle from defensive end has made a massive difference for the pass rush and the entire stop unit, so expect him to keep getting run there.
Jones will look to get pressure on Teddy Bridgewater behind an offensive line that has been banged up in recent weeks. And Bridgewater himself got knocked around last week in the Broncos’ 28-13 win over the Chargers and had to miss a little time. Denver will need him healthy if they want a chance to beat the heavily favored Chiefs.
Denver has lost 11 consecutive games against Kansas City. Peyton Manning started the last game that the Broncos won in September of 2015.
What time is the NFL game tonight?
- Date: Sunday, Dec. 5
- Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
The Chiefs vs. Broncos game will begin at 8:20 p.m. ET. The game will take place at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
What channel is “Sunday Night Football” on tonight?
NBC is the home of “Sunday Night Football” for yet another season, and the network will air the Week 13 game between the Ravens and Browns. Play-by-play man Al Michaels will be in the booth along with in-game analyst Cris Collinsworth. Michele Tafoya will be the sideline reporter for the game.
Drew Brees, Tony Dungy, Mike Tirico, Chris Simms, Mike Florio, Jac Collinsworth and Maria Taylor will be among the personalities that host NBC’s pregame and halftime coverage of the game.
Streamers will be able to watch this contest by using NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports App, Peacock or fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.
Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch the game on DAZN free with a 30-day trial.
NFL live stream for ‘Sunday Night Football’
All “Sunday Night Football” games are broadcast on NBC, which owns the exclusive broadcast rights for the program. As such, the network’s online platforms — including the NBC Sports app and NBC Sports.com — are the best places for cable and satellite subscribers to watch the game. The company’s relatively new streaming service, Peacock, also stream the game free.
For cord-cutters, there are plenty of live streaming options for “Sunday Night Football.” Below are all of them.
|Streaming option||Cable subscription needed?||Free?||Cost||Free trial?|
|Yahoo! Sports App||No||Yes||–||–|
|AT&T TV Now||No||No||$55/month||Yes|
|Hulu Plus Live TV||No||No||$55/month||Yes|
Denver Broncos schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||at Giants||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|2||Sept. 19||at Jaguars||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|3||Sept. 26||vs. Jets||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|4||Oct. 3||vs. Ravens||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|5||Oct. 10||at Steelers||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|6||Oct. 17||vs. Raiders||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|7||Oct. 21||at Browns||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox/NFLN/Amazon|
|8||Oct. 31||vs. Washington||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|9||Nov. 7||at Cowboys||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|10||Nov. 14||vs. Eagles||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|12||Nov. 28||vs. Chargers||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|13||Dec. 5||at Chiefs||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|14||Dec. 12||vs. Lions||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|15||Dec. 19||vs. Bengals||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|16||Dec. 26||at Raiders||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|17||Jan. 2||at Chargers||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|18||Jan. 9||vs. Chiefs||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
Kansas City Chiefs schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||vs. Browns||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|2||Sept. 19||at Ravens||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|3||Sept. 26||vs. Chargers||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|4||Oct. 3||at Eagles||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|5||Oct. 10||vs. Bills||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|6||Oct. 17||at Washington||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|7||Oct. 24||at Titans||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|8||Nov. 1||vs. Giants||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|9||Nov. 7||vs. Packers||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|10||Nov. 14||at Raiders||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|11||Nov. 21||vs. Cowboys||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|13||Dec. 5||vs. Broncos||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|14||Dec. 12||vs. Raiders||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|15||Dec. 16||at Chargers||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox/NFLN/Amazon|
|16||Dec. 26||vs. Steelers||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|17||Jan. 2||at Bengals||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|18||Jan. 9||at Broncos||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
Sunday Night Football schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 9 (Thur.)||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Sept. 12||Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears|
|2||Sept. 19||Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|3||Sept. 26||San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers|
|4||Oct. 3||New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|5||Oct. 10||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills|
|6||Oct. 17||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|7||Oct. 24||San Francisco 49ers vs. Indianapolis Colts|
|8||Oct. 31||Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|9||Nov. 7||Los Angeles Rams vs. Tennessee Titans|
|10||Nov. 14||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|11||Nov. 21||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|12||Nov. 28||Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns|
|13||Dec. 5||Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers|
|14||Dec. 12||Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears|
|15||Dec. 19||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints|
|16||Dec. 26||Washington Football Team vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|17||Jan. 2||Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings|