The Kansas City Chiefs have had the Denver Broncos number for a while now. On Sunday, Kansas City played their most dominant game of the year. Many players had an impact. Their attitude continues to be the difference, compared to years past. With that said, let’s look back to the major points from this game. Here is our Chiefs versus Broncos game recap.
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Going into the Chiefs and Broncos contest, we mentioned how this could be a get right game for Patrick Mahomes. It was the best he had performed, since the game against the Tennessee Titans. More importantly, it was probably Mahomes best game since returning from injury. The snow looked to have zero effect on the quarterback’s throws. He was aggressive, putting the ball on the money, and he just looked comfortable.
Thanks to his offensive line and the pass protection of Spencer Ware, Mahomes usually had ample time to throw. In addition, the formerly injured knee appeared to be hindering him less. The connection Mahomes had with Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins led to one of the more impressive results for the skill players, collectively.
Just like the Chiefs as a whole, Mahomes is starting to get on a roll at the right time. The Broncos are not one of the better teams in the AFC. But, this was one of the worst days their defense had endured all season long. As a result of Mahomes day and the Chiefs day against the Broncos, people are starting to remember just how dangerous this team can be.
Drew Lock was riding high, following his first two games as the starting QB for Denver. Things went differently on Sunday against the Chiefs. Lock was pressured countless times. To boot, his receivers did not help him out much, as they dropped plenty of catchable balls. Statistically, it was a dreadful day for the University of Missouri product. He finished with zero touchdowns to one interception. Lock also completed just 45 percent of his passes, and had a quarterback rating of 10.0.
Once again, the Kansas City defense brought the fight to their opponent. From impressive pass breakups by Tyrann Mathieu, to thundering hits by Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson, the Chiefs made the Broncos quickly crawl into shell. They continue to be stingy in the red zone. Overall, the Chiefs defense is just simply winning battles they did not consistently come out on top with last season.
The running game has been in a standstill for most of the season. However, Kansas City may have just found their spark in that regard. Increased opportunities for Darwin Thompson have brought a different pace to the rushing attack. Meanwhile, bringing Ware back to the fold may have been an underrated move. Yet, it has worked immensely.
The duo led the way in rushing for the Chiefs. On 15 carries combined, both Thompson and Ware were able to churn out 64 yards. Thompson nearly gained five yards per carry in this game. With Damien Williams still out, Andy Reid utilized the running back committee tactically. The blend of LeSean McCoy, allowed for Kansas City to keep their feet on the gas finally, rather than going conservative.
Warriors Of The West
The Chiefs have found themselves in a different level than the rest of the AFC West. Every other team lost on Sunday, and many of those future pictures look so bleak. Will Derek Carr join the Raiders in the move to Vegas? Will Philip Rivers retire? On Sunday, the Chiefs won their ninth consecutive game against the Broncos. Furthermore, Kansas City has now won 26 of their last 29 division contests. Coach Reid has gained complete mastery of the division opponents.
The Chiefs will play on Sunday Night Football next week. They will travel to the Windy City to face the Chicago Bears. Storylines to look forward to include, Mahomes versus Mitch Trubisky, as well as Reid versus a disciple in Matt Nagy. If the Chiefs emerge victorious in Chicago, they will finish the regular season with a record of 7-1 on the road.
That will wrap up our recap for Chiefs versus Broncos. Be on the lookout for more Chiefs content throughout this week. Stay tuned to Full Press Coverage, for more great sports and NFL content.
– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.