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Upon Further Review: 10 Quick Facts Following Monday Night’s Win

Posted Nov 1, 2017

Here are some quick facts following the Chiefs’ win over the Broncos

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Denver Broncos, 29-19, to get back into the win column on Monday night.

Here are 10 quick facts about the game.

1. The Chiefs’ win marked their fourth-straight over Denver

The four-game streak marks Kansas City’s longest since winning four straight between the 1999-2000 seasons.

The Chiefs have averaged 30.2 points per game during the streak, posting at least 29 points in each contest.

That’s significant, considering Denver has trotted out one of the best defensive units in football in that span.

2. Andy Reid is tough to beat when he has extra time to prepare 

Head Coach Andy Reid’s track record of success following a bye week is well documented, and while the Chiefs weren’t technically coming off a bye this week, Reid still had additional time to prepare for Denver.

It paid off once again.

3. Kansas City took the ball away a season-high five times

The Chiefs forced five turnovers on Monday, their most since forcing eight on Sept. 25, 2016 against the New York Jets.

Kansas City has forced five-plus turnovers five times since Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton took over in 2013. The Chiefs are 5-0 in those contests.

4. The Chiefs turned it over for the first time since Week 1

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill tried his hand at quarterback on a trick play midway through the first half, but threw an interception in the endzone.

It was Kansas City’s first turnover in quite some time.

5. Marcus Peters just makes plays

Peters had one of his best playmaking games of the season on Monday, recording an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

It was Peters’ third career touchdown and first this season.

6. In fact, Peters is the best in the business at taking the ball away

Peters’ pick was his third of the season and the 17th of his brief three-year career.

7. Travis Kelce takes it to another level when the Broncos come to town

Kelce hauled in seven catches for a season-high 133 yards on Monday, posting his league-leading ninth game with 100-plus yards through the air since the beginning of last season.

Kelce has now tallied 100-plus yards through the air in three consecutive games vs. Denver, something that hasn’t been done in over a decade.

Reaching triple digits in receiving yards is hard enough in the NFL, and the Broncos are the best in the business at preventing it – unless Kelce is involved.

8. Alex Smith inched closer to some history

Smith made it another week without an interception on Monday, bringing his streak to eight consecutive games.

What makes that remarkable is that Smith leads the NFL in yards per attempt (8.42), meaning he’s taking plenty of chances downfield. Smith’s touchdown, fittingly, was a 29-yard strike to Kelce.

Smith’s ability to throw touchdowns without any mistakes this season isn’t just impressive, it’s historic.

It’s also relevant to note that Smith’s touchdown pass was his 16th of the season, more than he had all of last year.

9. Harrison Butker remained perfect on Monday

Rookie kicker Harrison Butker connected on all five of his field goal attempts on Monday, making it 18 straight on the season.

Just five games into his career, Butker is just four kicks shy of Ryan Succop (2011) and Pete Stoyanovich (1997) for the franchise record.

From Elias: 

For the second time this month, Harrison Butker kicked five field goals, as Kansas City defeated Denver on Monday, 29–19. Butker is the first player in NFL history to have two games with five or more field goals in his rookie season, let alone one month. No veteran has had two such games in one month since Miami’s Dan Carpenter in October 2010.

Butker ended October with 18 field goals, the second-highest total in one month in NFL history, two shy of the record set by Miami’s Olindo Mare in October 1999. The previous rookie record was 14 by Pittsburgh’s Jeff Reed in December 2002.

10. Not many can get after the quarterback like Justin Houston

Linebacker Justin Houston matched a season-high with two sacks, moving into fourth in the AFC with 7.5 on the season.

Houston’s 17 multi-sack games since entering the league in 2011 are the second-most in the NFL, trailing only J.J. Watt’s 21.

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