Patrick Mahomes throws TD go, Travis Kelce has large sport with Taylor Swift watching once more as Chiefs beat Broncos 19-8

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The Chiefs improved to 5-1 with the win.

Peter Aiken
Chiefs tight finish Travis Kelce had 9 catches for 124 yards.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes is aware of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs’ offense remains to be attempting to place every part collectively.

It was evident in the best way they struggled towards Denver on third down Thursday evening. The way in which they saved getting bottled up in short-yardage conditions. And in how they failed time after time to show red-zone journeys into touchdowns.

“Fortunately for us,” Mahomes stated, “our protection is taking part in nice.”

So nice that Mahomes’ lone landing go and Harrison Butker’s 4 subject targets had been sufficient to squeak out a 19-8 victory over the Broncos, whose personal woeful offense may solely handle 197 yards behind a shaky efficiency from Russell Wilson.

“We’ve guys which are starters on different groups which are looking for a manner on the soccer subject, and once they get on the sector, they’re making performs,” Mahomes stated of the Kansas Metropolis protection. “They usually’re taking part in with confidence.”

Mahomes completed with 306 yards passing and an interception, and a giant chunk of his manufacturing went to Travis Kelce, who had 9 catches for 124 yards with Taylor Swift once more cheering him on from an Arrowhead Stadium suite.

Nonetheless, the lack of the Chiefs (5-1) to attain touchdowns reasonably than subject targets practically proved expensive.

Butker’s first three subject targets helped them to a 16-0 lead, however Wilson’s landing go to Courtland Sutton — dominated incomplete however overturned upon overview — with about six minutes remaining saved the Broncos (1-5) alive. And when Javonte Williams bulled into the tip zone for the 2-point conversion, what had been a one-sided shutout was a one-possession sport.

The Broncos’ league-worst protection couldn’t make a cease, although. Mahomes transformed third-and-2 with a 28-yard go to Rashee Rice, and that put Butker in place for a 52-yard subject objective with 1:55 left that put the sport away.

“Our protection was unbelievable tonight, because it has been,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid stated. “However we have now to maintain enterprise within the purple zone. We had a whole lot of yards, constructive yards, however you possibly can’t stall down there.”

The Broncos haven’t overwhelmed the Chiefs since Sept. 17, 2015, the yr Peyton Manning led Denver to the Tremendous Bowl. That was six head and interim coaches in the past, and nothing modified with Sean Payton main them Thursday evening. In a league constructed for parity, their dropping streak is the fourth-longest for any staff towards one other in NFL historical past.

“I’m upset however I’m not discouraged,” Payton stated. “Offensively we struggled throwing the ball. Our third-down numbers had been poor. The turnovers, towards a staff like this, it’s going to be powerful to win the sport, and but we had been nonetheless in it going into the fourth quarter. Generally you don’t understand how a sport goes to unfold.”

As dangerous because the Broncos’ protection has been this season, it was Wilson and their offense that saved dragging them down. He had 37 yards passing within the first half, and the one drive Wilson led previous midfield ended on fourth down.

The Chiefs weren’t doing a complete lot higher.

Their first three forays into the purple zone netted three factors, because of an interception by Justin Simmons and a failed tush push out of a field-goal lineup on fourth down. Mahomes, who has struggled by his requirements all season, solely discovered his rhythm as soon as within the first half, when he ended a 62-yard drive with a brief landing go to Kadarius Toney.

Butker made it 13-0 on the break when he drilled a 60-yard subject objective as time expired.

The Chiefs’ red-zone woes continued within the second half. They started by swiftly marching downfield and establishing first-and-goal on the Denver 8, however that quickly became fourth-and-goal on the 7-yard line and Butker needed to kick one other subject objective.

That was all Kansas Metropolis may muster till his clinching kick within the remaining minutes.

Due to the protection, that was all of the Chiefs wanted.

“I believed we did a whole lot of good issues, simply clearly purple zone and a few third downs we didn’t execute at a excessive sufficient degree,” Mahomes stated. “I nonetheless assume there have been a whole lot of good issues we will take from it.”

SWIFT IN THE HOUSE

Swift watched Kelce and the Chiefs for the third time Thursday evening. The 2 started a relationship a couple of weeks in the past, when he invited Swift to a Chiefs sport after failing to satisfy her throughout her Eras Tour. Swift flew in from Los Angeles, the place she walked the purple carpet on Wednesday evening for the premiere of her live performance movie.

SACK SITUATION

Chiefs defensive sort out Chris Jones had a sack in his eighth straight regular-season sport, which trails solely his personal 11-game streak in 2018 for the longest in franchise historical past. With a minimum of one in his first 5 this season, Jones broke the membership report to start out the season held by Corridor of Famer Derrick Thomas.

INJURIES

Broncos: TE Greg Dulcich, who had simply come off injured reserve, left within the fourth quarter with a hamstring harm. It’s the identical harm that landed Dulcich on IR after hurting it in Week 1 towards the Raiders.

Chiefs: S Justin Reid, who had an interception earlier within the sport, briefly left within the second half. WR Justin Watson left within the fourth quarter with an elbow harm sustained whereas attempting to make a diving catch.

UP NEXT

Broncos: Host Inexperienced Bay on Oct. 22.

Chiefs: Host the Los Angeles Chargers the identical day.


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