Both groups in all probability did not suppose they’d be of their respective positions heading into Week 7’s “Thursday Night Football” matchup.
The usually struggling Broncos had been taking part in properly as of late and entered the contest on a two-game win streak. Meanwhile, the visiting Chiefs had been looking at their first three-game shedding skid since Patrick Mahomes took over as the starter in 2018.
Ultimately, it was Kansas City that escaped its dreaded skid with a 30-6 win over Denver at Empower Field at Mile High. However, the efforts weren’t led by Mahomes — totally.
Three takeaways from Chiefs’ road win over the Broncos
Andy Reid’s play-calling prompted a significant issue
The long-time Chiefs coach has been beneath hearth this season for some questionable play-calling. Before Thursday, the most egregious error was not using Mahomes on a vital fourth-and-1 versus the Colts. The eventual loss in Week 5 began the staff’s shedding streak.
Reid’s newest mistake was a really questionable resolution to make use of Mahomes, who has not been 100 % since injuring his ankle in that matchup with the Colts.
Mahomes tried to sneak his approach by a crowded line to get a primary down as the Chiefs had been butted as much as the aim line in the second quarter. Once the pile cleared, Mahomes — who bought two yards on the play, sufficient for a brand new set of downs — was mendacity on prime of his personal lineman unable to stand up. He remained on the floor, appeared to have his knee popped again into place and finally limped to the locker room with help from trainers.
He was later dominated out for the the rest of the recreation with a knee harm. Mahomes completed 10-of-11 passing for 76 yards and one landing earlier than exiting.
Matt Moore got here in for the injured Mahomes. The Dolphins scout-turned-backup quarterback completed 10-of-19 passing for 117 yards and one landing.
Chiefs’ protection stepped up after they wanted to the most
The Chiefs protection hasn’t been capable of do a lot so far as stopping its opponents, particularly on the floor.
Kansas City had allowed a 100-yard rusher in 4 consecutive weeks. The quantity would have elevated to 5 if not for the Raiders’ Josh Jacobs ending with 99 yards on simply 12 carries in Week 2.
However, towards the Broncos, the Chiefs made a key cease on the floor when Denver tried a two-point conversion after their solely rating of the night time.
Later in the second half, the protection secured a sack fumble and returned it for a landing. It was a much-needed rating contemplating it occurred simply a few performs after Mahomes left together with his harm.
All in all the protection performed lights out, holding Denver to 205 complete yards (71 of these on the floor) and sacking Joe Flacco eight occasions (9 in complete). This is coming from a protection that had 11 complete sacks coming into the recreation.
The Broncos went again to wanting like … the Broncos
It was a pleasant thought for Denver followers: the probability at a three-game successful streak and a near-.500 document. But the thought went away — and rapidly.
The Broncos confirmed a glimpse of what they may do when Flacco led a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive. It would, nevertheless, be the staff’s solely spotlight … and rating … on the night time.
From the sacks to the 12 three-and-outs to the missed alternatives on protection, there is not a lot to remove from Denver’s efficiency in a recreation it wanted to win.
Flacco, who was booed by followers towards the finish of the recreation, completed 21-of-34 passing for 213 yards with these eight sacks.