Sunday Night Football: Chiefs stay atop AFC West with 22-9 victory over Broncos

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Not every victory will be pretty. But the Chiefs still did what they needed to do for a significant division win over the Broncos on Sunday Night Football.

Kansas City defeated Denver 22-9 behind a solid defensive performance. The Chiefs intercepted Teddy Bridgewater twice, with the quarterback finishing 22-of-40 for 257 yards and a touchdown.

The second interception was a pick-six by safety Daniel Sorensen, which gave Kansas City a 22-3 lead with 9:42 left in the fourth quarter. That effectively clinched the game.

The Broncos made it closer with a 13-yard touchdown reception by Javonte Williams with 5:12 left in the contest. And Denver had a chance to get more points late in the fourth quarter, but Bridgewater was stopped 2-yards short of the sticks on a fourth-and-8 scramble with 1:15 left in the contest.

Making his first start in place of an injured Melvin Gordon, Williams was a clear bright spot for Denver. He had 102 yards on 23 carries with another 76 yards on six receptions.

The contest turned late in the second quarter, when the Broncos had a 20-play drive but came away with zero points. Linebacker Willie Gay and edge rusher Melvin Ingram combined to stuff Williams for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-2 from Kansas City’s 8-yard line.

At that point, Denver was down 10-3. The team didn’t score again until the fourth quarter.

But Kansas City’s offense wasn’t able to do all that much on Sunday. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes finished with the lowest passer rating of his career in a regular-season game at 57.3. He was 15-of-29 passing for 184 yards with an interception. The pick went off receiver Tyreek Hill’s hands and into the waiting arms of Denver rookie corner Pat Surtain II. But the turnover proved inconsequential, as the Broncos had to punt after three plays.

Mahomes also opened the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 54 yards on 14 carries. Darrell Williams had five yards on 20 carries plus three catches for 60 yards.

Tight end Travis Kelce had just three catches for 27 yards, while Hill had two for 22.

Nevertheless, the Chiefs pushed their winning streak over the Broncos to 12 consecutive games, dating back to 2015. Head coach Andy Reid is now 20-3 after a regular-season bye week. And Kansas City is now 8-4 on the season, keeping their hold of first place in the AFC West.

The Chiefs will try to continue to pace their division next week as they host the Raiders.

The Broncos will look to get back in the win column next Sunday against the no-longer-winless Lions.

15 responses to “Sunday Night Football: Chiefs stay atop AFC West with 22-9 victory over Broncos

  1. Hate to ruin the narrative of most of you but during their 5 game win streak, and the return of a healthy Chris Jones, Frank Clark, Willie Gay and Snead, their defense has given up 56 points, an average of 11.2 points per game. Eleven point TWO, #1 by far in the NFL. They’ve also played the toughest schedule, 10 games against teams currently .500 or better, going 6-4. Their only 2 games against losing teams are the Giants and Eagles. The Chiefs don’t have to win shoot-outs any longer. But if their offense can stop with the drops and turnovers they might just run the table. Be afraid…be very afraid.

  2. I find it odd that players can make great catches one week, then play like they’ve never caught a pass the next. Players can get wide open against one team, but seemingly can’t run a route the next game. QB’s can look like the best ever, then look like they would be an average college QB. I get players play against different levels of opponents, but unexplainable for the most part.

  3. The Chiefs defense is somehow getting even better and Mahomes still looks bad. With the exceptions of the Steelers and Chargers their schedule doesn’t look as hard as they had in the beginning so it may not matter how Mahomes plays.

  4. Chiefs recievers had like 6 drops again tonight. Dont know whats going on but they need to clean that up. That and stupid penalties are killing drives. The Defense continues to get better, still it seemed like Chiefs D kept forgetting to cover ANYONE coming out of the Denver backfield. I think Williams alone had 70 yards.

  5. We haven’t had the chance to watch our defense win a game in years. This has been nice. I find the offense frustrating, not worrying. They have everything they need, no missing pieces, they just need to execute. Winning dirty needs to be on a resume in order to form a full competent team. A win is a win, I’ll keep taking them.

  6. That was one ugly game. The Chiefs still aren’t right, and Mahomes looks like he is regressing. Denver is not really a good team. What happens when the Chiefs face a contender?

  7. Uhhh….the Chiefs have faced “contenders” all season and yet are still tied for the best record in the AFC.

  8. A win is a win, but very unimpressed with KC. Bragging about defensive play against a horrible offense does not make much sense.
    In the AFC it’s anybody’s ball game, but if NE wins in Buffalo tonight, the #1 seed becomes a real possibility that NO one imagined.

  9. The same horrible offense that hung 30 on the Cowboys in Jerry world? That horrible offense?

  10. Can someone please fire Fangio! He makes the worst decisions in critical situations. How can an offensive line run block so well and then not give Teddy any time at all?

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