MNF: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS vs DENVER BRONCOS
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS vs DENVER BRONCOS
By: Robert L. Porter Jr.
Monday night football is on Halloween eve this week and we have some scary good players in this AFC West showdown. Von Miller and his Denver Broncos defense looks to derail Alex Smith, Kareem Hunt and this high flying Chiefs offense. Trevor Siemian must score points is Denver has any shot at winning this game in a very hostile environment.
Denver receives the opening kick and 2 Siemian incompletions after a 4 yard C.J. Anderson run results in a punt. The Chiefs opening drive saw Kareem Hunt get a few touches but their longest play was a 3rd down pass to Travis Kelce for 19 yards. Thats the only first down they could muster as they would eventually punt it back to the Broncos. A Jamaal Charles 18 yard draw opens Denver’s 2nd drive. 3 straight Charles carries ends with a Marcus Peters strip, scoop and score giving The Chiefs a quick 7-0 lead. After the Kansas City score the Broncos respond with a less than ideal 3 & out. The Chiefs move down the field to score on a 29 yard TD from Smith to Kelce, the drive was aided by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on a play that would’ve resulted in 4th down and a Kansas city punt. Instead the Broncos are in a 14-0 hole early.
On the first play of Denvers next drive Siemian throws an interception to Marcus Peters. This one looks like it might get out of hand pretty early. Kareem Hunt opens the drive with a 15 yard run that puts them just inside the Broncos 30. The Chiefs try to get cute and call a halfback pass, Tyreek Hill was the halfback and his pass was intercepted in the end zone by Darian Stewart. The drive after Hill’s pick looks to be the most promising for Denver thus far, they have moved into Chiefs territory as the first quarter comes to a close with KC leading 14-0.
A pass to Virgil Green gets Denver into a goal to go situation, after a Justin Houston sack and a short pass the Broncos bring kicker Brandon McManus out to get some points on the board. He nails the short kick making the score 14-3 Chiefs. The next Kansas city drive is a quick 3 and out as Smith missed an open Tyreek Hill on a short 3rd down. Siemian see’s Smith’s 3 and out and did his best to match it with a 3 and out of his own. Tyreek Hill makes his first catch for 25 yards to start the next drive, Smith moves his team inside the 10 yard line but Denver is able to force a field goal and The Chiefs lead is stretched to 17-3. Siemian just isn’t playing well, on a short 3rd down Siemian attended a deep pass rolling to his right that was overthrown and intercepted by Ron Parker. After the 2 minute warning a 17 yard run by Smith puts his team back in Broncos territory looking for more points. But Shaq Barrett came around the corner and stripped Smith and its recovered by Domata Peko for Denver. After the turnover another Broncos 3 & out basically takes us to half time with KC holding a 14 point lead.
To start the 2nd half, no real movement by Alex Smith and 3rd down drop by Demetrius Harris forces a Chiefs punt but a Denver muff gives the ball back to KC at the 11 yard line. They are only able to move 2 yards and have to settle for another Harrison Butker field goal to make it 20-3 Chiefs. Denver starts the next drive with 3 tough C.J. Anderson plays that takes them into Chiefs territory. A 26 yard Devontae Booker runs gets them into the red zone. A missed pass by Siemian then a Benny Fowler end zone drop brings McManus in for another kick that makes it 20-6. The Denver defense is able to muzzle the Chiefs offense again and force another punt. Denver’s rush offense has come alive as they are riding it down the field. A pass interference puts the Broncos inside the Chiefs 10 and Devontae Booker punches it in from 6 yards out to cut the KC lead to 7.
A game the could’ve easily been 35-0 is now 20-13 and Denver seems to have the momentum. The question now becomes how will the Chiefs respond to the Broncos smash mouth style change? After a few iffy plays, KC gets a Denver D-lineman to jump on 3rd and 10 making it 3rd and 5. Smith would break contain and find Kelce for a first down as the quarter ends and we head to the 4th with Kansas city clinging to a 20-13 score.
Coming into the 4th quarter Alex Smith finds his go to target in Travis Kelce to get his team down in field goal range, this drive would end with Butker booting a 43 yarder through the up rights to give his team a 23-13 lead. Siemian was running for his life on the next drive and found himself in a 4th & 4 situation, a good play by LB Derrick Johnson caused the incompletion that gave the ball back to Kansas City. Taking the field already in Broncos territory, Alex Smith would use his feet to keep the drive alive on a long 3rd down. After a missed pass to Kelce, Harrison Butker makes a 51 yard kick to extend the lead to 26-13. Another Siemian pick gives KC the ball back, after 3 play Butker puts another one threw to make it 29-13. With the game all but over the Broncos and their desperation offense moved the ball down the field, as we hit the 2:00 warning they are inside the red zone. The first play after the 2 minute timeout was an 11 yard TD pass to A.J. Derby but they would miss the 2 point conversation. The score is now 29-19. KC recovered the onside kick and ran 3 times to force Denver to burn their timeouts then they punted. A few Broncos plays spells the end of this one.
STARS OF THE GAME
Travis Kelce – 7 rec 133 yards 1 TD
Alex Smith – 14/41 202 pass yards 1 TD, 33 rush yards
Marcus Peters – 2 Tackles 1 INT 1 FF 1 Fum rec 1 TD
C.J. Anderson – 16 touches 85 total yards
Chiefs Defense – 3 Sacks 5 Turnovers 1 TD
Demaryius Thomas – 5 rec 66 yards
Harrison Butker – 5 – 5 field goals ( long 51 yards ) 2 – 2 extra points
CHIEFS 29 – BRONCOS 19