Chiefs end skid with ugly win over Broncos
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[October 31, 2017]
(The Sports Xchange) - The
Kansas City Chiefs needed a win in the worst way following
back-to-back close losses, and that was exactly what they got
Monday: an ugly 29-19 victory over the Denver Broncos fueled by
turnovers and field goals.
The Chiefs (6-2) forced five Denver turnovers, including three
interceptions of Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian, and rookie
Harrison Butker hit five field goals to help the Chiefs pull away in
the second half.
Both offenses struggled much of the game. The Broncos did establish
the run game, rushing for 177 yards. C.J. Anderson picked up 78
yards on 15 carries for Kansas City, while former Chiefs running
Jamaal Charles had 39 yards on eight carries in his return to
While the Chiefs' defense was opportunistic, the Kansas City offense
rarely found a rhythm, scoring just 12 second-half points, all on
field goals from Butker, who has connected on 18 consecutive
Tight end Travis Kelce paced the Chiefs offense, tallying 133 yards
and a touchdown on seven catches. Quarterback Alex Smith delivered
his most pedestrian performance of the season, finishing 14 of 31
for 202 yards a touchdown.
The Broncos' attempt at second-half rally fell short. Running back
Devontae Booker pulled Denver (3-4) within a touchdown at 20-13 with
a 6-yard touchdown run with 1:14 remaining in the third quarter.
After three Butker field goals extended the lead to 29-13, Simian
connected with tight end A.J. Derby for an 11-yard score, cutting
the margin to 29-19 with 1:55 remaining in the game.
Siemian completed 19 of 36 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown.
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Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker (7) kicks a field goal during the
second half against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium.
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Marcus Peters forced two first-quarter turnovers in helping the
Chiefs build a 17-3 halftime lead.
Early in the first quarter, Peters pried the ball loose from
Charles, scooping up the fumble and running 45 yards for a
After Smith hooked up with Kelce for a 29-yard score to put Kansas
City up 14-0, Peters struck again. The defensive back intercepted a
pass from Siemian.
The Chiefs appeared on their way to making it a three-score game
with just more than four minutes remaining in the first quarter.
With Kansas City facing a second-and-goal from the Broncos 9-yard
line, wide receiver Tyreek Hill took a lateral from Smith and tossed
a pass in the end zone toward tight end Ross Travis. The throw
instead landed in the hands of Denver safety Darian Stewart.
Kansas City threatened again late in the first half. Broncos
linebacker Shaquil Barrett stripped the ball from Smith, however,
recovering the fumble and thwarting the drive.
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