After failing to win for a second straight game, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are in need of one to keep their lead of the AFC West from slipping any further. They’ll look to shift the momentum back in their favor despite a short turnaround when they face their division rivals Broncos on Thursday night.
How to Watch:
When: Thursday, Oct. 17
Where: Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, Colo.
Time: 8:20 p.m. EDT.
Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Mahomes was held below 300 yards for the first time this season, finishing with 273 and three touchdown passes as Kansas City (4–2) lost 31–24 at home to the Texans on Sunday. Mahomes also threw his first interception of the season, but it was his fumble late in the second quarter that proved more costly as it set up a 1st-and-goal that Deshaun Watson managed to cash in for six, giving the Texans the lead just before halftime.
The Chiefs ran just four offensive plays in the fourth quarter, with the Texans defense forcing Mahomes into a three-and-out after going ahead with 6:17 to play. Houston ran out the final 5:03, converting a 4th-and-3 after the two-minute warning to seal Kansas City’s second straight home loss.
Andy Reid has a serious problem with his team's run defense, which was battered for 192 yards–116 of them by his former running back Carlos Hyde. The Chiefs have given up 178 rushing yards per game over their last five contests, and Hyde was the fourth straight opposing running back to surpass 100 yards.
One positive for Kansas City was the return of wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who had five catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns after missing the previous four games with a shoulder injury suffered in the season-opener vs. Jacksonville.
Denver (2–4) has a chance to play its way back into the AFC West race if it can record a third straight victory. The Broncos clamped down on the Titans on Sunday in a 16–0 victory. They allowed just 12 first downs and 204 total yards in their first shutout since a 23–0 blanking of the Jets in Week 14 of the 2017 season.
The Broncos' offense, however, left much to be desired as Denver was 2 of 14 on third down and finished with 270 yards. Justin Simmons had a third-quarter interception to set up the offense on a short field for the lone touchdown drive, capped by Phillip Lindsay's 2-yard touchdown run.
Denver's defense has not allowed a touchdown in nine quarters dating to its 26–24 loss to Jacksonville in Week 4. After failing to force a turnover in the first four games, the Broncos have recorded six takeaways in the last two and recorded seven sacks against the Titans.
The Chiefs have won the last seven games between these two teams and swept last season’s series by a combined 11 points. Mahomes threw for 607 yards and five touchdowns in the two victories and rallied Kansas City from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit in last year's 27–23 win at Denver.