Photo credit: Denver Post / Eric Lutzens
Author: Jon Kuzma
The Denver Broncos played three solid quarters of football but they couldn’t put together a complete game and that cost them the win. It was 20-13 heading into the fourth quarter but that’s when Patrick Mahomes came alive. The Chiefs quarterback showed some incredible poise by handling some very high pressure moments. On the final drive of the game Mahomes led the Chiefs all the way downfield for a score and if he hadn’t Denver would’ve ended up winning the contest. This was a perfect example of how much of a natural Patrick Mahomes is because he made it look easy. Most QBs are going to be nervous in those circumstances but Mahomes has ice water in his veins. At the end of the night the second year signal caller (Mahomes) had 304 yards, 1 touchdown, and no interceptions. Out dueling Case Keenum and willing his team to victory. Kareem Hunt also starred for the Chiefs. Hunt rushed for 121 yards and 1 touchdown. It’s the power that makes this guy such an effective ball carrier and Denver had their hands full trying to tackle the NFL’s reigning rushing leader. Travis Kelce caught a touchdown and also added 78 receiving yards. This wasn’t the best offensive night for Kansas City but give them credit for responding to adversity and remaining undefeated. Denver wasn’t as fortunate. Their offense was lackluster and that’s been a common theme for this organization the past couple of years. Keenum threw for 245 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Since signing a 2 year $36M dollar contract Keenum has 3 touchdowns and 5 interceptions as the Broncos starting quarterback. If there was one bright spot this group it was definitely the two running backs. Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay ran hard and they each scored a touchdown. The rushing attack seems like Vance Joseph’s best option offensively and they have to take a ground and pound philosophy moving forward. On the other side of the ball both defenses played pretty well. The Chiefs have really struggled to get stops this season but they kept the Broncos offense in check. Dee Ford was sharp the pass rusher had 3 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 TFL. Justin Houston was also his usual self he put up 2 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 TFL. Todd Davis was the Broncos’ top defender. Davis registered 7 tackles and 1 sack. Adam Jones was also tough in the secondary he had 4 tackles and 1 TFL. Mahomes hasn’t lost a game as a starter and Kansas City is rolling. That has been the biggest story line in the NFL so far.
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Kansas City’s big fourth quarter helped them beat the Denver Broncos 27-23.