The Kansas City Chiefs (7-1) picked up their seventh-straight win over the Denver Broncos (3-5) Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium by a score of 30-23.
In addition to a nice winning streak over the Broncos, the game on Sunday was also the Chiefs’ 19th win over an AFC West opponent in their last 20 attempts. They have simply dominated the division recently under head coach Andy Reid—having won back-to-back division titles and looking for a third.
It wasn’t easy on Sunday, though.
A slow start had the Chiefs storming back to take the lead early in the second quarter, and they’d never look back after a nine-yard hookup between Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce got them into the zone for the first time on the day.
This touchdown came just four plays after second-year edge rusher Tanoh Kpassagnon made the momentum-changing play of the game—a six-yard tackle-for-loss on a jet sweep to receiver Emmanuel Sanders on third-and-2 from the Chiefs’ 31-yard line.
The Broncos’ missed the ensuing 55-yard field goal and the Chiefs’ offense took advantage, and the defense would hold on to the lead with some key stops and two takeaways in the fourth quarter.
It was just another example of the Chiefs finding a way to win a game—something they’ve consistently displayed throughout the first half of the season.
And as is the case every Tuesday morning, the experts from around the internet have thrown out their latest power rankings, which have no real meaning, but we all always look anyway.
So, here’s where a few of them have the Chiefs after the first eight weeks of the season:
Here’s what NFL Media’s Elliot Harrison had to say:
“The Chiefs aren't slowing down, and it's not just all about Patrick Mahomes. Kansas City's pass rush took Sunday's game back to 1995, forcing two turnovers from Case Keenum while flattening the Broncos' quarterback five times. Three of those sacks came from Dee Ford, with Breeland Speaks picking up the first full sack of his career. That gives Speaks 1.5 on the season (plus a sack that never was). Ford now boasts a staggering eight on the year. And to think: Justin Houston isn't even healthy right now. Kicker Harrison Butker did miss an extra-point try, yet he and punter Dustin Colquitt have been outstanding this season. OK, enough stalling already ... Mahomes tossed four more touchdown passes.”
Here’s part of what ESPN’s Adam Teicher had to say after they listed the Chiefs at No. 2:
“The Chiefs have had trouble finishing some of their games. They've had to sweat at the end of wins against the Chargers, Steelers, 49ers and Broncos after having big leads. Not all of this is on their defense, which played well down the stretch in some of those games…”
Here’s what the folks at Sports Illustrated had to say:
“Halfway through the season, the Chiefs have 290 points. They’re on pace to edge out the 2007 Patriots (589 points) and finish behind just the 2013 Broncos (606). Kansas City is the most fun show in the NFL since…?”
Here’s what Yahoo Sports’ Frank Schwab had to say after putting the Chiefs at No. 2:
“The Chiefs gained 340 yards and scored 30 points Sunday. A good day for most mortal teams, but that was the Chiefs’ lowest yardage total of the season and tied for their second-lowest point total (the Broncos held them to 27 points in the first meeting). This offense might be unstoppable.”
Here’s what the Washington Post’s Mark Maske had to say after putting the Chiefs at No. 4:
“QB Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs just kept cruising with the victory at home over the Broncos. At this point, the surprise isn’t that Mahomes threw for 303 yards and four TDs; it was that he threw an interception.”