Thursday Night Football Recap: Chiefs Triumph 19-8 Over Broncos
The NFL season's sixth week began at Arrowhead Stadium with Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) defeating Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos (1-5) in a game between rivals from the AFC West.
The Broncos lost to the New York Jets at home by double digits, while the Chiefs, who rank fourth in our most recent NFL power rankings, easily overcame the Minnesota Vikings in Week 5 to maintain their lead in the division.
Travis Kelce, an All-Pro tight end for the Chiefs, had been doubtful this week before the game on Thursday, but he still participated.The Chiefs scored a field goal after Denver fumbled the ball on downs in Kansas City territory. The drive's high point occurred when Mahomes found tight end Travis Kelce, who lateraled the ball to another tight end, Noah Grey.
On the next play, Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton intercepted Wilson, but Broncos safety Justin Simmons picked off Mahomes in the red zone. Denver punted, and Kansas City moved the ball into the red zone but couldn't move the chains on a fake field goal run at the 6-yard line. Instead, they seemed to be held to another field goal.
Chiefs locate the final zone.
Just before halftime, Mahomes hit wide receiver Kadarius Toney on third-and-goal, and the WR ran it in for the game's first score.
Eight in a row!
Chris Jones, the defensive tackle for the Chiefs, kept his record of eight games with a sack alive late in the second half by sacking Wilson.
The Chiefs led 13-0 at the half after Harrison Butker's 60-yard field goal with the seconds ticking away gave them the advantage. In the first half, the Chiefs outgained the Broncos in total yards, 227-94.
KC defeats Russ once more.
After Denver's field goal drive to start the second half, Kansas City got the ball past midfield on their following possession. Nevertheless, Wilson later had a throw intercepted by safety Justin Reid after it was tipped by linebacker Willie Gay.
Definitely a single-score game!
Once in the red zone, Wilson found wide receiver Courtland Sutton with a pass up to the back corner of the end zone, where Sutton made a spectacular catch for an 11-yard touchdown. With 6:07 left in the fourth quarter, Denver trailed 16-8 after making a two-point try.
Chiefs end it there.
With 1:55 left in the fourth quarter, Butker made a 52-yard field goal to extend the Chiefs' lead to two scores on the next play. Then, Denver running back Samaje Perine was forced to fumble by Kansas City CB Trent McDuffie, and Gay recovered the loose ball. To close the game, the Chiefs knelt.