Kickin’ It with Kiz: Why Broncos’ home-opener vs Tennessee is make-or-break game of 2020 NFL season

Unless the Broncos have more bad luck beyond the injury to linebacker Von Miller, or extremely good luck this season, I expect they will probably finish with a record of 9-7.

— Randy Allen, ready for some football

Kiz: While quarterback Drew Lock oozes swagger we love and drafting receiver Jerry Jeudy was good stuff, the Broncos fall into the same category as about half of NFL teams every year. If everything goes right, they can be 10-6. And if it all goes wrong? 6-10. Most important game on Denver’s schedule? Tennessee. Here’s why: To be a good team, you’ve got to beat good teams, especially at home, even without 75,000 fans. And have you looked at the Broncos’ schedule? Lose to the Titans and an 0-4 start is not out of the question.

You heard boos for Chiefs and Texans players in Kansas City because fans are tired of political theater during our football time! If you choose to be an activist, do it on your own time. Do not bring your activism to your work place and infringe on my football time!

— Malvern, focused on game

Kiz: After watching video of players linking arms at midfield prior to the NFL’s season opener, I detected Kanas City fans standing in respectful silence, while some cheered and others booed. It has been suggested to me fans weren’t booing Patrick Mahomes, but were expressing opposition to Black Lives Matter or unrest in our city streets. That could be true, although we probably should ask those fans to know with any degree of certainty. But I do hear your point about opposing activism by players at NFL games. So should the Broncos refrain from wearing pink cleats to promote awareness of breast cancer, as well? I also hear how athletes promoting unity might be considered a big infringement on you, especially in 2020, when there’s nothing else to worry about. Friendly suggestion: Maybe consider grabbing a cold beverage from the fridge during future displays of unity? And as long as you’re up, would you mind grabbing me one?

Excuse me, Kiz. Didn’t you say Nuggets forward Paul Millsap was a $30 million waste? You really need to apologize to a great player who willed his team to victory in an elimination game against the Clippers.

— John, Notre Dame alum

Kiz: Guilty as charged. I’ve not only insisted the Nuggets’ $90 million investment in Millsap was money poorly spent, but during the first half of Game 5, when he couldn’t buy a basket, I tweeted if Millsap never played another minute for Denver, I would be OK with it. Was I wrong about wanting to bench a veteran forward who has struggled in the playoffs? You betcha. But apologize? If I interpret my friends on social media correctly, a primary reason Millsap stood up and led a huge comeback against the big, bad Clippers is because I dissed him from my home 1,800 miles away from the NBA bubble. The Great and (not so) Powerful Kiz is always willing to be used as a motivational tool for the common good.

And today’s parting shot is short and sweet.

Kiz is a Walmart Skip Bayless.

— RX, Cypress, Calif.