Kansas City, Mo. — the quarterback Patrick Mahomes And the Kansas City Chiefs won their 16th game against the Denver Broncos on Thursday, 19-8. Kansas City’s defense nearly gave Broncos coach Sean Payton his first career shutout before the quarterback. Russell Wilson And the Broncos found the end zone in the fourth quarter.
Kansas City Chiefs
Travis Kelce Made another convincing case to be the Chiefs’ MVP.
Kelce played a key role in the Chiefs’ win over the Broncos in Game 16, catching 9 passes for 124 yards in a 19–8 win. Kelce played despite spraining his right ankle in last week’s win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Mahomes was 7 of 7 in the first half throwing for 109 yards to Kelce as the Chiefs jumped out to a 13-0 lead. He was 8-of-16 for 53 yards throwing to other receivers in the first two quarters.
The Chiefs had a fourth-quarter shutout for the second time this season, but lost it on Denver’s only touchdown with six minutes remaining.
Eye-catching Next Gen Status: Kelce was 17.75 mph on his 19-yard catch and run in the first half. While that’s not blazing for many receivers, it’s not bad for a 260-pound, 34-year-old tight end with a heavily taped right ankle.
Disturbing trends: Mahomes threw his fifth interception of the season when he had no openings. He forced a throw into coverage because a defender had him around his leg and Mahomes couldn’t step on the throw. He is on pace for 14 interceptions, which would top his career high of 13 in 2021.
Next game: vs. Chargers (4:25 p.m. ET, Oct. 22)
Courtland Sutton goes up for an incredible TD catch
Courtland Sutton had a nice touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter for the Broncos.
Sean Payton got his first taste of the streak Thursday night.
It has anchored every Denver Broncos head coach since Gary Kubiak tossed his lap. From Vance Joseph to Vic Fangio to Nathaniel Hacket and now Peyton.
The Chiefs beat the Broncos Thursday night at Arrowhead because the Chiefs always beat the Broncos at Arrowhead, in Denver, and would obviously beat them in Munich if the NFL asked them to play there.
That’s 16 in a row for Kansas City. Nothing could happen more to the Broncos’ current lot in football life than the 28-year-old quarterback completing pass after pass to his All-Pro tight end as the rest of the Chiefs supporting cast evolves into the jetwash.
The Broncos really wasted, especially in the first three quarters, a good effort on their stuttering defense. But the Chiefs and Mahomes took short field after short field — their first five drives of the game started at the Chiefs’ 38-yard line or better — and cashed in substantially.
The Chiefs no longer need to take their best shot to beat the Broncos, and that has been the case for a long time.
The biggest hole in the game plan: It has been for many seasons, the rookie wide receiver Marvin Mims Jr. Spends too much time on the sidelines to watch an offense that needs his explosiveness. Mims led the Broncos with a 24.6 yards-per-catch average entering Thursday’s game. He has the team’s longest touchdown reception this season — 60 yards — longest punt and longest kickoff return. Yet the Broncos repeatedly worked out of three-wide receiver sets that mostly didn’t include him, especially in the first half, when the Broncos’ defense kept them in the game. Deep into the fourth quarter, Mims still didn’t have a goal. Coming in, Mims didn’t play more than 21 snaps in any of the Broncos’ first five games, and he didn’t play more than 17 snaps in four of those games.
QB Breakdown: For much of the season, Wilson looked as if his comfort level on offense was increasing by the day. But that progress stalled in last Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets with a 196-yard effort, and Thursday against the Chiefs also had a 2022 feel. Wilson looked restless against the Chiefs as he tipped, ran into trouble rather than running away from it — two of the Chiefs’ three sacks before the end of the third quarter were on third down, another on fourth down attempts — and Wilson didn’t pass 60 yards when the fourth quarter began. . A little earlier, too late in the final minutes that included a one-handed landing grab Courtland Sutton, Wilson held onto the ball a bit more like last year and saw his footwork deteriorate under pressure. And Payton needs to stop that regression soon or the offense will continue to suffer.
Main game: An important two plays, indeed. Trailing just 10-0, with 22 seconds left in the first half and a timeout in hand with the ball at their own 44-yard line, the Broncos could score some points and gain some much-needed momentum. No one would know, though, that Wilson took a sack for a 7-yard loss on third-and-5. Riley Dixon A 29-yard punt followed by the Denver rookie cornerback Riley Moss Illegal touching was penalized, so the Chiefs ended up with the ball at their own 39-yard line with two timeouts. A romantic ending and a jolt after, Harrison Butker Kicked a 60-yard field goal to end the half. A frustrating field goal, a 13-0 Chiefs lead at the half and the Broncos never trailed the rest of the night.
Next game: vs. Packers (4:25 p.m. ET, Oct. 22)