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Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs take their perfect record to Mile High Stadium on Monday Night Football. Will Mahomes continue his MVP-like start to the season? Or will Von Millermake his night miserable?
Follow along with us as we keep track of the winners and losers throughout this AFC West matchup.
Did you know there are currently no left-handed quarterbacks in the NFL? Don’t tell that to Mahomes:
That was on third down, with Von Miller coming toward him fast and the Chiefs trailing by 3. Mahomes just isn’t fair.
To remind you what he can do with his right arm, here he is on a third down a couple plays later:
This past year, rookie running back Phillip Lindsay wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine and went undrafted too. He’s quickly making everyone regret they ever passed on him.
Here he is — all 5’8 of him — bulldozing his way to give the Broncos a 20-13 lead:
Lindsay, a Denver-area native who went to Colorado, earned a spot with the Broncos and helped revive what had been a stagnant running game.
This looked like an easy reception for Jeff Heuerman, until Murray rudely took it off his hands:
If Mahomes is known for one thing, it’s his rocket launcher of an arm that had him leading the NFL in touchdown passes even before Monday night’s game. The Denver defense hasn’t made his night very easy, putting him under more pressure than he’s used to and forcing him to make quick throws.
But on third-and-goal, he used the Broncos’ pressure to his advantage, running (!) in the first touchdown of the game:
On third down early in the third quarter, when the Broncos fans were at their rowdiest, Mahomes extended the play by rolling out, giving tight end Demetrius Harris a little time to get open for a 24-yard gain.
A few plays later, on another third-and-long, Mahomes scrambled and finally connected with Travis Kelce on a throw that really had no business in working but well, Mahomes:
Mahomes hasn’t had his best throwing night, but his legs have helped him buy extra time and avoid sacks.
No one has been targeted on more of Mahomes’ fastballs this season than tight end Travis Kelce, who entered Week 4 with a team-leading 16 catches. His 229 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions were second on the Chiefs, behind Tyreek Hill.
Early Monday night, Kelce’s connection with his quarterback is off. He started the game 0-for-5 on targets from Mahomes. One pass hit Kelce in the hands, but was thrown behind him as Mahomes faced heavy pressure from the Denver pass rush.
They finally hooked up on the sixth try, and it got the Chiefs into scoring position. They tied it 13-13 midway through the third quarter.
Shortly after, Kelce was the Chiefs’ leading receiver again. He might have gotten off to a slow start, but with the Chiefs down double digits — a rarity in the fourth quarter for them — Kelce was Mahomes’ safety blanket. Kelce’s 2-yard reception got the Chiefs within three points with just over six minutes to play.
Give this person an Emmy right now:
Not many expected journeyman Case Keenum to follow up his career-best 2017 with another season quite that good. So far in his stint with the Broncos, he’s been less like Vikings QB Keenum and closer to Rams QB Keenum.
He hasn’t been bad necessarily … just mediocre, something the Broncos are all too familiar with when it comes to quarterbacks.
Maybe some of it is because the Chiefs’ worst-ranked secondary is really missing Eric Berry, but Keenum is playing his best game of the season Monday night:
And check out this surprise jump ball on fourth down:
First, let’s give a little praise to Royce Freeman, who showed patience and then a whole lot of power on this touchdown run.
But poor Chiefs linebacker Anthony Hitches, who got dragged along as Freeman scored:
The Chiefs came into this game with the worst defense in the league. That’s not helping their case.
With Mahomes and the Chiefs’ No. 1 ranked passing offense, Kareem Hunt came into this game as a forgotten piece of the offense. Hunt, who led the league in rushing last season, made his presence felt on the Chiefs’ first drive of the game.
On fourth-and-inches from their own 43-yard line, Hunt barreled through to get 2 yards and the first down. On the next play, Mahomes found him for a 27-yard gain, punctuated by Hunt trucking some dude:
Kareem gained 33 yards on the drive. Alas, for the first time all season, KC didn’t score a touchdown on its opening drive. But at least Hunt got involved again.
At the start of the second quarter, Hunt dropped a pass … and then on the next play, immediately did this:
After holding the Chiefs to a field goal, the Broncos had a chance to retake the lead on their second possession. But then on second-and-4, Justin Houston beat left tackle Garett Bolles and sacked Case Keenum for a 7-yard loss.
On the next play, Bolles was called for holding and the Broncos had to punt, to dangerous return man Tyreek Hill. 37 yards later, the Chiefs started in Denver territory.
On the Broncos’ first drive of the game, McManus drilled a 42-yard field. Doesn’t seem that special, right? But it did give the Broncos a 3-0 lead, making it the first time the Chiefs have trailed all season:
The Kansas City Chiefs haven’t been great on defense going into their Monday Night Football matchup against the rival Denver Broncos, but Patrick Mahomes has had little issue keeping his team on top through three games this season. The Chiefs will travel to Mile High to face the Broncos beginning at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN (live streaming via WatchESPN).
Mahomes has thrown for 896 yards, 13 touchdowns and no interceptions in three games this season. He’s completed 66.7 percent of his passes, and has been assisted by a decent but not-great running game. Mahomes shredded the Chargers for four touchdowns, the Steelers for six touchdowns, and dumped three of them on the 49ers in their last outing.
The Broncos are 2-1 on the season, with one-score wins over the Seahawks and Raiders in their first two games, and a 27-14 loss at the hands of the Ravens in their last game. Monday’s game will be Denver’s third home game of the season, with the other two being wins.
Below is all you need to know to watch the action on Monday.
Of the seven SB Nation experts picking Week 4 games, all of them are going with the Chiefs to win on Sunday. The coin flip and the OddsShark computer are going with the Broncos, however.
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