After Week 6’s episode of Thursday Night Football, the Chiefs increase their record to 5-1.
- The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos 19-8 on Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium thanks to Grammy Award-winning musician Taylor Swift, who has continued to be a lucky charm for them.
- For the third time this year, Swift was in attendance to witness the Chiefs, who have yet to lose. On the Prime Video broadcast, the singer was seen seated in the family suite next to Travis Kelce’s mother. Travis Kelce is a two-time Super Bowl champion.
- And tight end Kelce, who was labeled as questionable going into the game due to an ankle injury he sustained in Week 5 against the Minnesota Vikings, ended up leading the Chiefs’ effort that evening. The 34-year-old tight end set an NFL record for receiving yards this season with nine grabs for 124 yards (100 of which came in the first half).
- Kelce persisted in his theme of always finding a way to get open as he played with the Broncos’ defenders in the center of the field, repeatedly taking advantage of their zone coverage.
- Swift and Kelce haven’t officially addressed their friendship, but there is a lot of conjecture that they are dating considering that she showed up to watch him play weeks after he claimed he misplaced his phone number and that she is Swift’s best friend.
- He is capable of working the middle of the field when in zone. While having a player like that who can play in the middle of the field greatly aids your team, it also hampers part of your deep game.
- In the game’s primetime spot, Mahomes, the current league MVP, put up a strong stat line. He completed 30 of his 40 ball attempts for 306 yards and one score to Kadarius Toney while also completing one interception.
- The Chiefs did not have the most attractive victory, despite the numbers. Their normally explosive offense was not in full swing as they labored in the red zone (most notably when Mahomes was intercepted by Broncos safety Justin Simmons at the goal line) and had to settle for field goals on four different occasions. Harrison Butker, a kicker, rose to the occasion when necessary, making 4 of 4 field goals, including one from 60 yards.
- After the game, Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid both complimented the defense while expressing regret over his team’s offensive struggles.
- Reid told the media, “Our defense was incredible tonight, as it has been.” We need to take care of business offensively in the red zone. We gained a lot of positive yards, but down there, you can’t stall.
- The Broncos had yet another bad night, dropping to 1-5 and playing poorly on all sides of the ball.
- Their offense, which was headed by quarterback Russell Wilson, truly struggled, but their defense, which entered Week 6 as the worst in the league in terms of points allowed per game, has been porous all season.
- According to the NFL, Wilson completed 13 of 22 throws for 95 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions as Denver amassed 197 total yards to the Chiefs’ 389.
- The touchdown pass (which was initially ruled as incomplete and then overturned) to Courtland Sutton came in the fourth quarter and the following two-point conversion brought the score to 16-8, putting the Broncos back in the game.
However, any hope of a comeback was snuffed out later in the quarter when Butker kicked his fourth field goal.
- Another disastrous game saw Wilson get sacked four times. While trying to find some positives from the game, Sean Payton, the head coach of the Denver Broncos, was fully aware of the areas in which his squad needed to advance.
- He declared after the game, “I’m not dejected. We had trouble putting the ball in play offensively. Poor were our third-down statistics.
- It will be difficult to defeat a team like them, but even so, we were still in the game going into the last frame. The course of a game can sometimes be unpredictable.
- The Broncos will face the Green Bay Packers at home on Sunday of the following week, giving them ten days to get ready.