The hype heading into this Sunday Night Football game was at an all-time high. Chiefs fans had to sit through a bye week after defeating the Dallas Cowboys 19-9. It was a rare warm December evening in Kansas City that would have two rivals, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos, touch gloves and battle it out for four quarters. The Kingdom showed up, as usual, to cheer on the Chiefs to a 22-9 victory. There were so many mixed feelings during this game. The excitement of a rejuvenated defense. The disappointment of another faulty offense. Records would be broken as well.
The Chiefs Continue Winning And Breaking Records
The Kansas City Chiefs have been kryptonite to the Denver Broncos for years. The Chiefs would extend their winning streak against the Broncos to 12 games. Kansas City would achieve another milestone with a franchise record for the longest winning streak against a single opponent.
Head coach Andy Reid improved his record coming out of a bye week to 20-3. KC also extends their winning streak to five games, making them 8-4 overall. Harrison Butker would break a franchise record for most 50+ yard field goals made in a single season. Tight end Travis Kelce would extend his consecutive games with a reception to 122.
The Offensive Struggles Continue for the Chiefs
The Kansas City offense did not have any flash or flare. They did not have one player standout amongst the rest. In all honesty, they were average. Patrick Mahomes would complete 15 out of 29 passes for 184 yards. Tyreek Hill would have the football deflect off his hands, leading to Mahomes’ 12th interception. Mahomes would score the only offensive touchdown on the night with a 10-yard scamper into the end zone.
Starting running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire would carry the football 14 times for 54 yards. Back-up running back Darrel Williams carried the football five times for 20 yards but had three receptions for 60 yards. Williams would lead the team in receiving. That was not a typo Williams led the Chiefs in receiving.
The offense did not seem to click. Players displayed their frustration, and you could see the disappointment in their body language. Whether it is Mahomes missing or the wide receivers being off in their routes, something is blatantly apparent and is reflected in more than the state sheet.
The Defense Rises to the Occasion for the Chiefs
The Kansas City defense continues to do the unthinkable. The first half of the season was brutal for the defense that was almost last in every category. They could not apply pressure to the opposing quarterbacks. Stopping the run was a concern as well. A miraculous turnaround has been significant for this football team. Key contributors would get healthy, and the Chiefs would make a move for defensive end Melvin Ingram.
The Chiefs’ defense would win the battle against the Broncos offense led by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater would throw for 250 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. A huge interception by Daniel Sorenson resulted in six points aiding in the Chiefs’ victory. Melvin Ingram and Willie Gay would combine for the one KC sack on Bridgewater. The only player to wreak havoc against Kansas City was rookie running back Javonte Williams. The former linebacker turned running back and North Carolina Tar Heels product would rush 23 times for 102 yards also adding six receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown.
What Is Next for the Kansas City Chiefs?
In the end, a win is a win, and Kansas City is now 8-4 overall. KC sits in 1st place as they look to win their sixth straight AFC West title. The games only mean that much more at this point in the season. The Chiefs will welcome the Las Vegas Raiders in Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, December 12th. The kickoff will occur at noon CST.