KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Kansas City Chiefs rode a strong defensive effort to find themselves back in the win column on Monday night, defeating the Denver Broncos 29-19 at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs were able to to start quickly, thanks to their defense. Cornerback Marcus Peters forced a Jamaal Charles fumble which he picked up and ran it back 45 yards for the first touchdown of the game.
Charles, a former Port Arthur Memorial and Texas Longhorn star, was making his return to Kansas City for the first time as an opponent after spending the first nine seasons of his career in Kansas City.
After forcing another punt, Alex Smith would lead his team right down the field quickly, capping off a five-play drive with a 29-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Travis Kelce to put the Chiefs up 14-0.
The Chiefs defense would force another interception from Trevor Siemian as Marcus Peters forced the second interception of the night. Denver’s defense would keep them in it, as a Tyreek Hill pass was intercepted on a trick play by Darian Stewart. The Broncos would convert that into a Brandon McManus field goal to make it 14-3.
After one of five Kansas City field goals from Harrison Butker, Ron Parker would get in on the turnover party, intercepting yet another Siemian pass.
Each team would exchange field goals in the third quarter and after forcing another Chiefs punt, the Broncos would finally get on the board with a Devontae Booker touchdown run. Suddenly, it was 20-13 and it felt like a very different ball game.
Butker would add another field goal in the fourth quarter and former Waco High linebacker Derrick Johnson would break up a fourth down pass to turn away one of the last chances for Denver.
The Chiefs would kick two more field goals and Siemian would get picked off again by Kenneth Acker for the fifth turnover of the game. The Broncos would add another touchdown with under two minutes to go, but it was too little too late as the Broncos fell to 3-4. The Chiefs moved to 6-2 on the season.
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The veteran linebacker finished Monday night’s game with six tackles and the previously mentioned pass deflection on fourth down in the fourth quarter. It was the biggest play of the game that wasn’t a turnover and put an exclamation point on a good night on defense for the Chiefs.
The Austin St. Michael’s alum was back in the lineup at center after missing the last five weeks with a foot injury. His presence made a difference on the offensive line, as Alex Smith was well protected for most of the night.
It was a relatively quiet night for Von Miller as he was contained for the majority of the night. The DeSoto alum finished with three tackles and a tackle for the Broncos.
Cornerback Aqib Talib (Richardson Berkner) also finished with three tackles in Monday night’s game for the Broncos and receiver Jordan Taylor (Denison) added a late catch for eight yards as well. The Chiefs will head to Dallas next Sunday to face the Cowboys in a pivotal game for both teams.
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