Broncos guard says chiefs ‘run the division’ for years


FILE - In this file photo from July 18, 2019, Denver Broncos offensive tackle Dalton Risner (66) takes part in drills on opening day of NFL team football training camp in Englewood , Colorado.  New Denver coach Vic Fangio will start three O linemen in the Hall of Fame game who could be in the opening day roster: left tackle Garett Bolles, rookie left guard Dalton Risner and the Connor McGovern Center.

FILE – In this file photo from July 18, 2019, Denver Broncos offensive tackle Dalton Risner (66) takes part in drills on opening day of NFL team football training camp in Englewood , Colorado. New Denver coach Vic Fangio will start three O linemen in the Hall of Fame game who could be in the opening day roster: left tackle Garett Bolles, rookie left guard Dalton Risner and the Connor McGovern Center.

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The last time the Broncos beat the Chiefs, Denver goalie Dalton Risner was a freshman at Kansas State, and coach Bill Snyder was preparing the Wildcats to play at Louisiana Tech.

Much has happened since Peyton Manning and the Broncos defeated the Chiefs 31-24 on September 17, 2015. For starters, the Chiefs have won five straight AFC West titles, played two Super Bowls, and have won some. won one.

Risner was the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2018, the same year, he was an all-American second team. He was drafted in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft and he started 38 games for Denver.

But the Broncos haven’t beaten the Chiefs during Risner’s tenure in Denver, a fact he knows all too well before Sunday night’s game. The Chiefs, 7-4, are one game ahead of the Broncos, 6-5, in the AFC West.

“Yeah, he’s a huge man,” Risner said Tuesday on Soren Petro’s show on WHB (810 AM). “From our perspective here in Denver, you’ve beaten us 11 times in a row. … Let’s be honest, you’ve been leading the division for the past few years.

“I know (the game is) always very important to you guys in Kansas City. I know how your fans are. You guys care. Same thing here in Denver. We are a very proud fan base, a very proud team and we are having a good season. We could still have done a lot of things better. But frankly, we start this week with an opportunity to win and be the first in AFC West.

While Risner knows that a Sunday victory at Arrowhead Stadium would be important to the Broncos, he is also aware that it would hardly decide the AFC West race. This is the only division in which each team has a winning record.

If Denver wins on Sunday, along with the Chargers and Raiders, each team in the West would be 7-5 with five games to go.

“It’s anyone’s game at this point,” Risner said. “We have a lot of division games left, there are 17 games this season and we still have six games left, man. There is a lot of work to be done but this game is still important.

This is also important for Risner as he has another barbecue bet with Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones.

The first responders from the winning city will receive a barbecue which will be paid for by the player’s foundation on the losing side. The Jones’ Sack Nation Foundation works with Joe’s Kansas City, while the RisnerUp Foundation partners with GQue Barbecue in Denver.

“I choose to use the platform I have with the NFL to give back and be kind to others and hopefully make an impact,” Risner told Petro. “Kudos to Chris Jones because I think he’s doing the same. Last year we did this for the first year together. To be done again this year. First, I think it’s so important, we have a big rivalry between the Chiefs and the Broncos, both in the AFC West, so it’s always fun. …

“Anytime we do first responders, I don’t know what we would do without first responders. I think sometimes their work goes unnoticed, but a lot of us know how much we put in and how hard we work to make this world go round. Really in all respects this is a good deal.

This story was originally published December 1, 2021 11:55 a.m.

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